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Graham Linehan confirms The It Crowd is set for Us remake

Writer is on board for NBC’s ‘reimagining’ of the British comedy, which will be the channel’s third attempt to deliver the show to an American audience

Graham Linehan and Us network NBC are teaming up for an American version of the British comedy The It Crowd.

Variety has reported that Linehan will write and executive produce a “reimagining” of the original that will move the setup, about the creaking It department of a large corporation, to the Us.

Related: Only Fools and Horses USA – and other failed TV remakes

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The evolution of handheld videogaming in 17 consoles

Ryan Lambie Nov 16, 2017

There's more to handhelds than the Game Boy. We take a look at how mobile gaming has changed over the decades...

It goes without saying that handheld games have come a long way over the past 35 or-so years. From electronic bleepy things that were little more than glorified calculators, portable technology is now almost unrecognisable in 2017.

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Back in 1989, the world collectively shrieked with excitement at the thought of playing Tetris on a bus. By the early years of the 21st century, we were finally able to type angry messages on Twitter from the top deck of the number 45 from Wellingborough without a second thought.

Yes, mobile phones and tablets have changed the way we do just about everything, from navigating around cities to connecting with friends. But while those
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Dynasty: revisiting an 80s soap cheese-fest

Catherine Pearson Oct 11, 2017

With the remake of the 1980s soap opera arriving today, what better time to take a nostalgia-filled lookback at Dynasty?

Cast your mind back, if you can, to the year of 1981. Bucks Fizz, Adam and the Ants and Soft Cell were storming the charts, Only Fools And Horses aired its first series on BBC One and Gregory’s Girl was playing in a cinema near you. Meanwhile, stateside, ABC had cooked up a suitably glamorous and scandalous competitor to Dallas, the CBS drama packed full of Stetsons and suspense. The world may have recently discovered who shot J.R., but there was still plenty of room for the Carringtons.

Enter Dynasty, a show based around the business and family of oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) whose recent marriage to his former secretary Krystle (Linda Evans) was making waves within the family mansion. With the Colby family
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ABC Passes (Again) on Pilot Adaptation of BBC's Only Fools and Horses

ABC Passes (Again) on Pilot Adaptation of BBC's Only Fools and Horses
ABC has dethroned Kings of Van Nuys… again.

The alphabet net has passed on a retooled version of the comedy pilot, which was an adaptation of the British series Only Fools and Horses, our sister site Deadline reports.

The multi-camera sitcom was to star John Leguizamo (ER) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) as two members of a family caught up in zany get-rich-quick schemes. BridesmaidsWendi McLendon-Covey also appeared in the pilot.

The potential series was originally developed last pilot season. Though the network initially passed,
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British Comedy Legend Sullivan Dies

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British Comedy Legend Sullivan Dies
Beloved British comedy writer John Sullivan has died at the age of 64.

The scriptwriter, most famous for creating popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses, passed away on Saturday following a brief illness. No more details were available as WENN went to press.

Sullivan's most famous show, starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, ran between 1981 until 2003 and spawned two spin-off series, The Green Green Grass, and his most recent work, Rock & Chips, the third episode of which is due to debut in Britain on Thursday.

He also famously created Only Fools and Horses' theme tune and was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for services to drama.

Funnyman Stephen Fry led tributes, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Terribly saddened to hear that John Sullivan, one of the great comedy writers of our time, has died. Deepest sympathy to all his family."

A statement form BBC Director General Mark Thompson reads, "John created some of the U.K.'s most-loved comedies, from Only Fools and Horses to his most recent work, Rock & Chips. He had a unique gift for turning everyday life and characters we all know into unforgettable comedy.

"His work will live on for years to come. We will miss him and we send our condolences to his family."

Pass notes 2,720: Steve Carell

The Us comedy star wants to remake Only Fools and Horses

Age: 47.

Appearance: Peter Sellers's dim but good-natured little brother.

Who is he? The American David Brent. Carell stars as clueless boss Michael Scott in The Us Office, also known as The Office: An American Workplace or The Office For Dummies.

There's an American version of The Office? A critically acclaimed one, with six seasons under its belt already, and another 50 seasons in the pipeline between now and the apocalypse, including episodes set in space, underwater and on Celine Dion's upper lip.

So it's not exactly the same as the original? Let's just say it picks up where the original left off.

And what's this Carell guy done now? He wants to make a Us version of Only Fools and Horses, with himself as Del Boy. He told film magazine Empire: "That is my dream role."

Another British remake,
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'Del Boy' Steve Carrell

Steve Carrell wants make a Us version of 'Only Fools and Horses'. The funnyman - who played Ricky Gervais' role in the Us version of 'The Office' - says he would love to become a Us Del Boy Trotter and the show could be huge hit on the other side of the Atlantic. He said: ''That is my dream role. The British do sitcoms better than anybody else in the world. I think with the right scriptwriters and cast we could do 'Only Fools and Horses' justice.'' While Carrell would like the role of wheeler-dealer Del, he thinks Ricky would be perfect for the ..
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Carell keen to remake 'Only Fools' for Us

Carell keen to remake 'Only Fools' for Us
Steve Carell has said that he would love to remake Only Fools and Horses for a Us audience. The 47-year-old actor, who stars in the American version of The Office, said that he would be up for playing the role of Del Boy. "That would be my dream role," The Sun quotes him as saying. "The British do sitcoms better than anybody else in the world." He also called for Ricky (more)
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Lyndhurst bemoans 'Rock & Chips' budget

Lyndhurst bemoans 'Rock & Chips' budget
Nicholas Lyndhurst has reportedly spoken about the budget difficulties that faced Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips. The award-winning actor, who played Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses for over two decades, starred as Freddie the Frog (Rodney's father) in Sunday night's spinoff. He told The Daily Telegraph: "We shot it in 19 days on not a great budget, I was very pleased it was made at all. There were people who said, 'I don't think we're going to do this', and we (more)
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'Being Human' tops '24' Day 8 premiere

'Being Human' tops '24' Day 8 premiere
Sky1's 24 Day 8 premiere was beaten by BBC Three's Being Human last night, according to early viewing figures. The first two episodes of season eight logged 718k (2.6%) and 604k (2.8%) at 9pm and 10pm for Sky1, compared to Being Human's impressive 1.02m (3.6%) for BBC Three. Human, which stars Lenora Crichlow, Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey, has failed to drop below the 1m mark since its second series began earlier this month. Elsewhere, BBC One's Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips put in a respectable 7.45m (27.8%) between 9pm and 10.30pm. Earlier, 6.23m (21.9%) watched Lark Rise To Candleford at 8pm. Over on BBC Two, The Best Of Top Gear grabbed 2.19m (7.7%) at 8pm, then the audience dipped to 2.05m (7.3%) during the 9pm (more)
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Rock & Chips and 24 | TV Review

Del Boy Trotter as a teen? Except they've only bleeding well forgot the jokes, Rodders!

Peckham, south London, and the Trotter family is just about getting by, through not a lot of graft and a little bit of craft. Ring any bells? But this isn't the 1980s – it's 1960. Del Boy is a teenager, messing about with his teenage mates: Trigger, Boycie and Denzil. Rodney hasn't even been conceived yet. Nelson Mandela House is still a glint in an architect's eye. And vans still have four wheels. Because Rock & Chips (BBC1) is to Only Fools and Horses what The Wide Sargasso Sea is to Jane Eyre – ie, a prequel.

So who's this then, this geezer being released from prison? Freddie the Frog? The name rings a distant bell, but something about the way he looks is ringing a much nearer one. Dong! It's Nicholas Lyndhurst! Rodders ­himself, though obviously he's not
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Only Fools and Horses: a 'triffic' hit in Serbia

Unlikely as it may seem, Del Boy and the rest of the Trotters have achieved cult status in Serbia

Prince Lazar. Miloš Obilic. Prince Mihailo Obrenovic III. To this list of Serbian national heroes must be added another, more unlikely name: Derek Trotter.

The BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, which returned to our screens last night in the shape of a one-off prequel, Rock and Chips, has been sold to countries around the world. But it is in Serbia where Del Boy has achieved genuine cult status.

I first experienced the ­phenomenon on a visit to ­Belgrade in the late 1990s. The first question I was asked after saying I was from Britain was whether I was a fan of Del Boy. The second was whether I'd ever met David Jason.

During Nato's attack on ­Yugoslavia in 1999, Clare Short defended the bombing of ­Serbian state television by claiming it
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Do only fools and sci-fi writers make prequels?

Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock and Chips has moments of sparkle. But do TV prequels ever really work - and if so, which other shows would you like to see?

Prequel. The word alone usually sends right-minded humans running for the caves, their minds heaving with nightmarish images of Jar Jar Binks and Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. And yet, with Sunday's Rock and Chips, writer John Sullivan has deliberately chosen to brave the prequel minefield with a feature-length show about the early days of Only Fools & Horses' Rodney Trotter.

Rock and Chips has presumably been made with an eye to turning it into a series. And here's hoping that happens. After all, given the hopelessly misjudged Christmas specials and The Green Green Grass, it seems fairly obvious that Sullivan is determined to keep meddling with the corpse of Only Fools & Horses until it belches out another hit
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'Only Fools' creator slams "lazy" comedy

'Only Fools' creator slams
The creator of Only Fools And Horses has claimed that modern British sitcoms are "lazy". John Sullivan, who also wrote the show's prequel Rock & Chips, explained that comedy relies too much on swearing now. "I think swearing is a lazy way of getting laughs," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Writers who suddenly use a swear word are just saying, 'I can't think of anything else, so I'll just put an f-word or something in here'. You should be professional enough and clever enough not to use swear words. "We got through all four series of The Green Green Grass without a single 'bloody' or anything. I liked Peep Show but the language got so ripe that I got a bit fed up with it." Sullivan continued: "The standard of British comedy has gone down. Writers make hardly any attempt (more)
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Charlie Brooker's Screen burn

'Nicola T already seems likely to establish herself as TV's dimmest comic character since the heyday of Trigger in Only Fools And Horses'

The final Celebrity Big Brother (daily, C4) is here. Yes, the final one. As you watch Sisqo hoisting his pants out of his bumcrack, or Vinnie Jones boiling an egg, remind yourself that this is your last opportunity to do so and attempt to defy the tears prickling the perimeters of your eyeballs. Where do we go from here, as a people? I cannot tell you. All I have to offer is sneering descriptions of the contestants. My existence is pointless. I'm banging on the glass here. Release me or kill me, someone.

This year's CBB launch night included a telling format-change. Normally we're introduced to each celebrity via a short Vt in which they themselves explain what a must-watch character they'll be ("I'm not afraid
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Forget Shameless: X-Factor holds up a truer mirror to the working class

Channel 4's drama is so highly regarded it is to be remade for Us television, but some fans say it is now guilty of parody

A piece of oft-cited American research into television's treatment of the working classes found they were pretty much absent from the small screen until the 1980s. Academics Richard Butsch and Lynda Glennon revealed that for 40 years, before the advent of shows such as Roseanne and The Simpsons, only one of the 14 sitcoms broadcast in the United States handled working-class themes. Not so surprising, perhaps, in a country where television entertainment was always linked to the aspirational hokum of advertising sponsors.

It was never quite the same story in Britain, where a tradition that started with Steptoe and Son and continued with Boys from the Black Stuff, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Only Fools and Horses has proved how big an appetite there is for jokes from
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'Only Fools' is decade's most watched show

'Only Fools' is decade's most watched show
Only Fools and Horses was the most watched programme of this decade, according to The Guardian. 21.3 million viewers (74% of the available audience) watched the BBC One special in 2001, which aired on Christmas Day. The festive episode, which starred David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, followed the Trotter family as they tried to recoup their lost millions after a bad investment. An explosive episode of EastEnders pulled just over 20 million (more)
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Ten Things You Never Knew About Nicholas Lyndhurst

Ten Things You Never Knew About Nicholas Lyndhurst
Along with carols and mince pies, Christmas wouldn't be complete without a visit from St Nick - comedy superstar Nicholas Lyndhurst that is. Families all over the country will be settling by the telly for repeats of Only Fools And Horses or dusting off their treasured DVDs to watch the show-ending 1996 Christmas specials. (What 2001-03 episodes?!? I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about!) To celebrate the last Ten Things before the holidays, we at Digital Spy have served up ten facts you might not have known about Nicholas Lyndhurst. 1. Born on April 20, 1961, Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst was raised by single mum Liz Long and only visited by his dad Joe now and again. "He was a gentle man; very funny and charming and he always made me laugh," he said of his father. "He also bought me some great toys. My Action Man collection (more)
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The decade's most-watched TV was dreadful – but there are signs of hope

What the public really wants, it turns out, is soap murders, old sitcoms, Simon Cowell and plasticine cheese

When it comes to preserving the decade with lists (which, you may have noticed, some of us quite like to do), it's always preferable to focus on what was the best instead of what was the most popular. This applies to everything – The Fat Duck may hold a three-star Michelin Guide rating, but has it made as much money as Greggs? – but it's especially true of television.

While we all try our hardest to convince ourselves that the noughties will be remembered as the decade in which shows such as The Sopranos and The Wire introduced the concept of television as literature, or entertainment shows like Jamie's School Dinners provoked real social change at the highest level, or even in which Wonder Showzen brought us the medium at its most gleefully subversive,
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News: Christmas Lists

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As Doctor Who continues to become more and more synonymous with Christmas in a way that can only be compared with some of the comedy greats such as Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools and Horses, various outlets have been featuring it in lists. Only today the Sunday Mercury published 7 Things You Didn't Know about David Tennant, although I'll wager that most of you did know at least the majority of items on that list, if not all. Doctor Who featured in the Guardian's Review of the Decade:...
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