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Meeting Stanley Baxter (The Oldie, September 2006)

Meeting Stanley Baxter (The Oldie, September 2006)

The name Stanley Baxter means different things to different generations. To younger viewers, he’s Mr Majeika. If you’re a Scot over 40, he’s the ‘Parliamo Glasgow’ man or the best panto dame who ever donned an outsize pair of bloomers. To everyone else, he was ITV’s not-so-secret weapon against Eric and Ernie in the Christmas ratings war. However, you could be forgiven for wondering if he’s still alive, because unlike many performers (Ronnie Barker being the other notable exception), he…

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Stop serving cold Porridge on television (Sunday Express, 22 November 2015)

Stop serving cold Porridge on television (Sunday Express, 22 November 2015)

LOUIS BARFE explores the preference of TV executives to commission remakes of classic series rather than invest in original storylines Viewers used to complain about repeats. Now, the tendency is to reheat, rather than repeat, with cautious commissioners keeping old favourites going long past their sell-by date and ‘rebooting’ the successes of the past. Next year, the BBC marks 60 years since Hancock’s Half Hour moved from radio to TV with its Landmark Sitcom season. The classics will be celebrated…

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Book review: Tragedy of errors (Private Eye, 20 March 2015)

Book review: Tragedy of errors (Private Eye, 20 March 2015)

Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the nation 1974-1987 Jean Seaton (Profile, £30) According to this, the sixth volume of the official history of the BBC, Blue Peter celebrated its 15th anniversary in 1979 (it was the 21st anniversary), the IRA hunger strikes took place in 1982 (1981) and, in the introduction, Live Aid happened in 1984 (1985), while the controversial 1980 documentary Death of a Princess is called a “Channel 4 programme” (it was ITV – Channel 4 did…

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Radio review: Right up your alley (The Lady, 11 July 2014)

Radio review: Right up your alley (The Lady, 11 July 2014)

The trouble with a lot of BBC Radio 2 documentaries is that they are often presented by random celebrities who seem to know little and care less about the subject. That could never be said of Danny Baker, a broadcaster of experience, a man of great knowledge and, above all, an enthusiast. So, his tour of Denmark Street, aka London’s Tin Pan Alley, was a welcome addition to the schedules. So much of British musical history has connections with this…

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Radio review: Idle away an hour (The Lady, 4 July 2014)

Radio review: Idle away an hour (The Lady, 4 July 2014)

As much of a Monty Python fan as I am (and I’m quite a big fan), I won’t be attending any of the reunion shows at the O2. I just wasn’t struck by the idea of spending north of £100 to stand at one end of a glorified velodrome, watching a distant ant who might or might not be Michael Palin. What clinched it was the racing certainty that I would be crammed in between the sort of fans who…

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Radio review: Hilarious humdrum (The Lady, 1 August 2014)

Radio review: Hilarious humdrum (The Lady, 1 August 2014)

Radio is a wonderful and efficient method of disseminating information to thousands, even millions of people. It can convey high concepts in art, news of brutal conflicts, or just advice on what not to put in the dishwasher. BBC WM’s afternoon presenter Caroline Martin explained last week that she found out about the latter the hard way. Conducting a humdrum phone-in about things going missing in the post, she talked to a listener who’d ordered mugs for all of her…

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Radio review: Alf goes AWOL (The Lady, 18 July 2014)

Radio review: Alf goes AWOL (The Lady, 18 July 2014)

Now in his seventh series as Radio 4’s tongue-in-cheek private investigator, Steve Punt turned his attention last week to the 1928 disappearance of Belgian tycoon Alfred Loewenstein. During a flight on his private Fokker VII , Loewenstein nipped to the loo and never returned. His companions found the lavatory vacant and the plane door flapping open. Did he jump or was he pushed? Punt surveyed all the theories floated over the years, and noted that if his favoured explanation sounded…

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Radio review: Roll Out the Barrel (The Lady, 8 August 2014)

Radio review: Roll Out the Barrel (The Lady, 8 August 2014)

Listening to Robert Elms’s afternoon show on BBC London invariably leaves me better informed, even on subjects where I like to think I have a bit of knowledge. For example, until Elms’s recent conversation with beer expert Jane Peyton, I didn’t know that Britain’s first lager plant, the Austro-Bavarian Lager Beer Brewery, was established in Tottenham in the late 19th-century. At that time, London was, in Peyton’s words ‘the beer city of the world’, and folk of all ages drank…

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Streaming Full Movie The Boss Baby (2017) Online

Streaming Full Movie The Boss Baby (2017) Online

The Boss Baby (2017) HD Director : Tom McGrath. Writer : Michael McCullers. Producer : Ramsey Ann Naito, Denise Nolan Cascino. Release : March 23, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, DreamWorks Animation. Language : English. Runtime : 97 Genre : Animation, Comedy, Family. ‘The Boss Baby’ is a movie genre Animation, was released in March 23, 2017. Tom McGrath was directed this movie and starring by Alec Baldwin. This movie…

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My Father, Eric Morecambe (The Lady, 13 December 2013)

My Father, Eric Morecambe (The Lady, 13 December 2013)

Morecambe and Wise were the classic comedy double act and are a staple at this time of year. Here, Eric’s son speaks to lifelong fan Louis Barfe about how they found their magic… Believe it or not, there are people who are immune to the charms of Morecambe and Wise. Though few in number and usually wise enough to keep their strange views to themselves, they exist. They must be baffled by the fascination with and love for these two…

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