The Demise of the British Sitcom – nothing to laugh about

ComedyBannerWhat has happened to British comedy? Scanning through the TV channels it’s difficult to find any form of sitcom that is actually funny. The idea of comedy is a scenario or situation to have a surprise twist at the end, making it funny. However most comedy written today relies on shock tactics that are vulgar or tasteless.
Granted after you’ve seen the 412th episode of Last of the Sumer Wine, the comical twist has become tired. And yes it does therefore need a new approach. But nowadays this new approach evolves blatant swearing or crude sexual visuals to bolster the already obvious outcome of the gag.

When I think back over past sitcoms with the likes of, Are You Being Served, Blackadder, Bread, Butterflies, Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Last of the Summer Wine, One Foot in the Grave, Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Rising Damp,  Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Steptoe & Son, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, The Likely Lads, The Royale Family, and even ‘Allo ‘ Allo!, Red Dwarf, The Office, Men Behaving Badly with their slightly riskier overtones, all these delivered the punch line with a subtleness that is sadly missing from today’s sitcom.
Have we as a race of people become so obsessed with fast foods, fast cars and fast Internet (unless your with BT), that we’ve lost the ability to make the fine distinctions between humour and poor taste.

A Ferry at Burghley: Review

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On June 12th 2016 Burghley House in Stamford  became the focal point of over 10,000 Bryan Ferry fans. Mr Ferry and his multiple piece band did not disappoint, starting with tracks from his latest album, then effortlessly sliding into pasted tracks from his solo career. It was difficult to believe that the former lead singer with Roxy Music was in his seventieth year and still going strong. His appearance was still the same, suited and well groomed, his smooth vocals with the excellent backing vocals glided through almost thirty songs.
Ferry-59The stage was set in the grounds of the Elizabethan Ferry-49house, with the lighting and large screen managing to highlight Mr Ferry’s unmistakable moves as he progressed though some old Roxy Music favourites. The atmosphere was captivating, the crowd was focused and singing along whilst picnicking, with food and drink a plenty and the rain held off.
So Mr Ferry, “Let’s Stick Together” and “Don’t Stop the Dance.”

 

Burghley Country Fair: Review

It was a chilly and overcast Bank Holiday Sunday when my wife asked if we should go to the Burghley Country Fair, I will admit that there was a ‘fair’ bit of scrunching of the nose and a lot of ‘Nah’ going on in my head. But before I knew it I was standing at the front gate faced with a £13 each entrance fee, which just deepened my reluctant mood.
Walking up the rolling drive we got our first glimpse of the Elizabethan house, it did look spectacular. The fair was set on grounds to the west side of the house. With over 100 stands to look at, it’s slightly overwhelming where to start. A beer tent soon appeared on my horizon, but a glimpse at my watch made me think twice, it was only 10:50am. Moving around the stalls there was plenty to look at from the country gent outfitters to drone cameras. Read More »