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BritBox: A Streaming Service for the Die-Hard Brits Among Us

Alright Anglophiles, welcome to Day 2 of our investigation of streaming services for the lovers of foreign television.

From the opening and the title of the service, you can probably tell BritBox is exactly what it says it is -- TV for those who dig all things British.

Well, not all things. Things brought to you directly from two British networks, BBC and ITV. It's a decent offering unless you happen to love Channel 4. That's for another time!

What sets BritBox apart from other services are its comedies and soap operas.

It's the only streamer to offer Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Casualty and Holby City (my favorite!).

However, they only offer current seasons of each, so if it's your hope to start somewhere in the archives of these shows or catch up on previous series (as they call seasons across the pond) you'll have to find another way to do it.
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The BFI’s “Missing Believed Wiped” season gets horrific!

The BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped returns to BFI Southbank this December to present British television rediscoveries, not seen by audiences for decades, most since their original transmission dates…. The bespoke line-up of TV gems feature some of the countries most-loved television celebrities and iconic characters including Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part: Sex Before Marriage, Cilla Black in her eponymous BBC show featuring Dudley Moore , Jimmy Edwards in Whack-o!, a rare interview with Peter Davison about playing Doctor Who, an appearance by future Doctor Who Patrick Troughton from ITV’s early police drama, No Hiding Place plus a significant screen debut from a young Pete Postlethwaite.

However for Nerdly readers, one of the real highlights of this edition of Missing Believed Wiped is the uncovering of TV horror Late Night Horror: The Corpse Can’t Play. Originally broadcast on 3 May, 1968 on BBC2 this is the only
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Tony Booth obituary

Actor best known for his role as Mike Rawlins, the ‘Scouse git’ son-in-law of Alf Garnett in the BBC’s Till Death Us Do Part

Tony Booth, who has died aged 85, made his mark as an actor through personifying a particular British stereotype. This came through his part in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part (1966-75), written by Johnny Speight, in which he played the despised leftie “Scouse git” son-in-law of racist bigot Alf Garnett, played by Warren Mitchell. Booth’s character, Mike Rawlins, was a ne’er do well, not ill-natured but full of glib permissive cliches and doomed to make nothing of his life.

While Mitchell survived Alf to play other significant roles, Booth seemed to become trapped in the mould of irresponsibility. The public became more used to reading about his real-life misfortunes than watching him perform. And there were plenty of them. They included
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Tony Booth, actor and campaigner, dies aged 85

Tony Booth, actor and campaigner, dies aged 85
Star of Till Death Us Do Part was married four times and had eight daughters including Cherie Booth

The actor and political campaigner Tony Booth, who starred in Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 85.

He had been married four times and had eight daughters, including Cherie, who is married to the former prime minister Tony Blair.

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Wednesday’s best TV: Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, British Empire: Heroes and Villains

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Guinea pig Michael Mosley tests out the weight-loss benefits of diet and exercise. Plus: David Olusoga examines how the empire has been treated by TV

The last in the series finds the famous “going for an English” sketch from Goodness Gracious Me dissected by, among others, Meera Syal, who helped to create it. Then an impressive haul of celebs, including Nigel Planer, David Baddiel, Ricky Tomlinson, Maxine Peake, Diane Morgan, Russell Tovey and Josie Lawrence, discuss everything from Spaced, The Day Today and Blackadder to Till Death Us Do Part, all in Gogglebox style. Ben Arnold

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Anthony Newley in clip from 1960s British thriller The Small World of Sammy Lee – video

Set in the grimy streets of early-60s Soho, The Small World of Sammy Lee is a lost gem of British cinema. Starring Anthony Newley as a strip-club compere who owes a large amount of money to a local villain, it was written and directed by Ken Hughes (best known for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and was photographed by the renowned Wolfgang Suschitzky. It also features a host of recognisable faces in smaller roles, including Steptoe’s Wilfrid Brambell, The Rag Trade’s Miriam Karlin, and Till Death Us Do Part’s Warren Mitchell.

The Small World of Sammy Lee is released on Blu-ray on 14 November

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The week in TV: Victoria; The Collection; The Night Of…; Are You Being Served?; Porridge; Till Death Us Do Part

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria was blindsidingly brilliant, while The Night Of… was the week’s best grownup drama

Victoria (ITV) | ITV Player

The Collection (Amazon Prime) | Amazon

The Night Of… (Sky Atlantic)

Are You Being Served/Porridge/Till Death Us Do Part (BBC1/4) | iPlayer

Second things first: let’s face it, few of our royals since ever have exactly been oil paintings, which has to be some sort of irony. What with the Habsburg jaw trying to pronounce the Schleswig-Holstein question, rather too many have looked like bee-chewing cartoon camels. But it was a bit much for a certain newspaper – one that adores the royals but hates immigrants, and under whose gimlet gaze every single celebrity is either too fat or too thin – to kick up a new stink, namely whether Jenna Coleman was too pretty to play Victoria. A new crime with which to charge actors: being too pretty.
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BBC comedy chief promises 'full Alf Garnett' as 1960s bigot returns

One-off episode of Til Death Us Do Part starring The Fast Show’s Simon Day is based on 1967 script

The BBC’s revival of Till Death Us Do Part will feature a full-throttle version of Alf Garnett, the BBC’s boss of comedy commissioning has said.

Till Death us Do Part ran for seven series between 1966 and 1975, and starred Warren Mitchell as Garnett, Una Stubbs as his daughter Rita and Dandy Nichols as his wife Else.

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Joshua Reviews Heidi Ewing And Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You [Theatrical Review]

Saying someone is iconic or influential is easy to do. However, few names defy even those labels quite like TV Titan, Norman Lear. Not one of, but easily the more influential and groundbreaking TV creator/producer in the medium’s history, Lear’s influence spans decades, even as we make our way through this new “golden age” of television.

Best known for TV shows ranging from All in the Family to Maude, Lear’s career really sparked in the early ‘70s, after discovering a British series entitled Till Death Us Do Part. The story of a conservative father and his relationship with his progressive son, Lear ostensibly took that premise, and adapted it for the Us, a country in the midst of a cultural revolution incomparable to any moment in its history before or really since. That show was the aforementioned Family, and driven by a groundbreaking sense of humor
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Una Stubbs: ‘Which living person do I most despise? Tony Blair'

What single thing would improve my quality life? A little balcony

Born in Hertfordshire, Una Stubbs, 78, went to dance school at 14 and became a chorus girl at 16. In 1963, she starred with Cliff Richard in the film Summer Holiday; she was later cast in Till Death Us Do Part and Worzel Gummidge. Currently, she plays Mrs Hudson in Sherlock. Her new film, Golden Years, is released on 29 April. She is twice divorced and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

When I am painting.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing a child.

Related: Q&A: David Haye, boxer: ‘My guiltiest pleasure? Crisps, late at night’

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Jokers in the pack: why we still see funny side of Harold, Alf and Fletch

The BBC is launching a retrospective of 60 years of classic comedy including Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part and Porridge. What do the hits of the past tell us about the changing face of Britain today?

Look closely at popular television comedy to see if it might tell you something about wider society and you are asking for trouble. Humour, after all, is not supposed to stand much analysis. The much-used analogy from Eb White is that the process is like dissecting a frog: few people are interested and the frog dies of it.

But when the BBC announced a “landmark season” of re-booted sitcoms last week, marking 60 years of television entertainment, it was a clear invitation to wonder what the hits of the past tell us about the changing face of Britain.

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Warren Mitchell: there was more to him than Cockney foghorn Chairman Alf

The actor, who has died at 89, was best known for playing foul-mouthed racist Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part but went on to stage acclaim in Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter plays

The seven-decade acting career of Warren Mitchell, who has died at the age of 89, was defined by a paradox and a frustration.

The former was that he was a highly-intelligent liberal who was celebrated for playing the right-wing moron, Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part on television. The latter was that the durability of that character over-shadowed Mitchell’s considerable talent as a stage actor; his theatre CV including landmark performances in plays by two of the greatest 20th century playwrights, Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter.

Related: Warren Mitchell – in pictures

Related: To most people he's Alf Garnett, foul-mouthed racist. His daughters call him Bully Bottom

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Warren Mitchell obituary

Actor best known for his TV role as the comic monster Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part

Warren Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was the supreme example of a good actor kidnapped by one character. Until he was 40, he was one of television’s reliable, unsung performers who could pop up in a comedy sketch one week and be playing Oliver Cromwell in a teatime children’s serial the next. But then he was cast as Alf Garnett, the hectoring, foul-mouthed London dockland bigot of Till Death Us Do Part and its derivatives.

Johnny Speight’s original BBC series ran intermittently from 1966 to 1975, with repeats following. In 1981 the show briefly moved to ITV under the title Till Death ... From 1985 until 1992 it was back on the BBC as In Sickness and in Health, with Alf and his stoical wife Else (Dandy Nichols) rehoused in a council maisonette and some
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R.I.P. Warren Mitchell (1926 – 2015)

BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning British actor Warren Mitchell has passed away today aged 89, with his family announcing that, “He has been in poor health for some time, but was cracking jokes to the last.”

After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Mitchell worked steadily throughout the 1950s and early 1960s with roles in the likes of the BBC’s Requiem for a Heavyweight, Manuela, Carry On Cleo and Help!, but his big breakthrough came in 1965 when he was cast as Alf Garnett.

First starting as a Comedy Playhouse pilot, Till Death Us Do Part saw Mitchell earning a BAFTA TV Award for his role as the bigoted cockney. The BBC show ran between 1965 and 1975, and also spawned the feature films Till Death Us Do Part (1969) and The Alf Garnett Saga (1972), before being revived under the title of Till Death… by ITV in 1981. He would then return to the
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Warren Mitchell dies aged 89

Warren Mitchell dies aged 89
Actor known for starring in Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and in Health has died after long period of illness, says his family

Warren Mitchell, the actor closely identified with his comedic character, Alf Garnett, has died at 89. A spokesman said the star of the long-running and controversial BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part had been “cracking jokes to the last”.

Related: Warren Mitchell – in pictures

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DVD Review – Wild Tales (2015)

Wild Tales, 2015.

Directed by Damián Szifron.

Starring Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa, Ricardo Darín and Erica Rivas.

Synopsis:

Six stories of revenge and losing your cool when everything is stacked up against you.

Anthology films have been reasonably well served recently, if not always in quality then at least in number. Argentinean production Wild Tales is thankfully one of the better ones, serving up six short stories that all involve everyday occurrences being blown out of proportion until somebody snaps, bringing in a revenge/retribution element to top things off.

The opening short, Pasternak, is the weakest of the bunch but is still a fun, Twilight Zone-esque tale that sees a pretty model taking a trip aboard a plane. She strikes up conversation with a fellow passenger and the chat reveals that the model’s ex-boyfriend once had a musical piece ridiculed by the music critic she is now talking to,
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BBC One to revive Comedy Playhouse with Red Dwarf writer, Hugh Dennis

BBC One has announced details of a new Comedy Playhouse season.

Three new half-hour one-off specials will be broadcast on the channel later this year, featuring the likes of Hugh Dennis, My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney and Mark Heap.

Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, Are You Being Served? and Last of the Summer Wine are among classic BBC sitcoms which were born out of former BBC Comedy Playhouse seasons.

Comedy commissioning controller Shane Allen said: "BBC One delivers enormous audiences for comedy and this season revival reflects our commitment in mainstream to do new and daring projects.

"We want BBC One to fly the flag of popular British comedy and want this dedicated space to promote tomorrow's classic comedy today."

Dennis and Neil Morrissey will star in Over To Bill, a sitcom from Red Dwarf writer Doug Naylor.

BBC weatherman Bill Onion (Dennis) is fired
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Una Stubbs, actor – portrait of the artist

The actor talks about getting the rhythm of Shakespeare, why parts for older women are opening up, and resembling a chicken

When did you realise you wanted to act?

I was a dancer for years, but I knew that for longevity I would have to move on to acting or choreography: dancers have quite a short career. Acting felt like the natural choice. I'd always believed that when you dance, you should tell a story.

What was your big breakthrough?

Till Death Us Do Part (1). It was pretty light television, but I was with it for a decade.

What have you sacrificed for your art?

As a dancer, aching bones; as an actor, worrying about whether there is going to be another job. But so far, it's been good; I'm sometimes quite relieved to have a gap.

Which of your roles has been most challenging?

My first Shakespeare: Twelfth Night,
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ITV sitcom Vicious is cliched and outdated, says Barry Cryer

Veteran comedy writer says show about an ageing gay couple would make John Inman look restrained

ITV sitcom Vicious, featuring Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as an ageing gay couple, has been accused of peddling homosexual cliches that would make "John Inman look restrained".

Barry Cryer, the veteran comedy writer and performer, said Vicious had fallen into the trap of trying to be funny all the time rather than developing characters people could identify with.

"A sitcom with two old gays could be really good and moving. With two great actors in Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi it should be fantastic," Cryer writes in the latest Radio Times. "But it was insult, insult, insult every other line. You don't believe in them … it made John Inman look restrained."

Cryer, 78, whose credits include The Two Ronnies and The Morecambe & Wise Show, said Vicious was part of an era of
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