William G Stewart obituary

Host of TV quiz show Fifteen to One and producer-director of British light entertainment from Bless This House to Family Fortunes To viewers, William G Stewart, who has died aged 84, was the host of ...

Movie Review – Cardboard Gangsters (2017)

Cardboard Gangsters, 2017. Directed by Mark O’Connor. Starring John Connors, Jimmy Smallhorne, Kierston Wareing, Fionn Walton, and Fiona Twamley Hewitt. Synopsis: Four childhood friends have grown ...

Review: "Masters Of Venus" (1962) Region 2 DVD Release From The BFI

By Tim Greaves Between the early 1950s and mid 1980s the Children's Film Foundation was a non-profit making establishment behind dozens of films aimed at a young audience, most of them screening as ...

Butterflies review – Carla Lane’s midlife-crisis masterpiece

Just as Lane was one of the few women to crack the male-dominated world of 70s comedy, so Butterflies gave rare subversive voice to a mature suburban woman News of screenwriter Carla Lane’s death ...

Comedians and their parents: Meera Syal and mother Surrinder

'I had such an unusual childhood,' the comedian says. 'I had so much freedom.' Surrinder Syal sits on the sofa next to her daughter Meera, listing all the TV shows they used to watch together as a ...

Snow, Sex And Suspicious Parents: BBC3's popular teensploitation series gets an Alpine twist

The antics of these junior Brits abroad aren't funny or outrageous – they're just another example of the rugby-fication of Britain Just when did the rugby-fication of Britain occur? The moment in ...

Mrs Brown's Boys: how the 'worst comedy ever made' became a smash hit

The critics loathe it, calling it 'crass', and 'lazy trash'. But Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom has attracted an enormous, loyal following. Where did it come from and why is it so loved? Where do TV ...

When the Lights Went Out – review

This British scary movie is preposterous and cheesy, if occasionally oddly enjoyable Like a horror version of Sid James's Bless This House, this British scary movie is preposterous and cheesy, if ...

A movie version of Dad's Army?

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben ...

Is The Watch just a movie version of Dad's Army?

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben ...

The 10 worst Van Helsings - ever!

For those familiar with Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, the character of Dr Van Helsing is a strange, almost unintelligible, elderly eccentric who practically speaks Double-Dutch! After reading ...

Who's the daddy?: the greatest sitcom fathers

From Steptoe and Son to The Royle Family, there are some great TV dads – but they are few and far between. Which are your favourites? A documentary about British sitcom dads must have seemed a great ...