Chekhov is amongst that very rare breed of author who is a genius in two distinct forms – the play and the short story. Michael Frayn, not un-incidentally a fine translator of Chekhov, is another such.
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Monday 15 October 2012
It's an odd thing, comic exaggeration – absolutely essential to comedy but also potentially lethal if you get the dose wrong.
Friday 10 February 2012
Monday 12 December 2011
Miranda Hart is set to consolidate her position as one of the biggest comedy stars in Britain after scooping four nominations at the British Comedy Awards.
Monday 24 October 2011
Painfully funny portrayal of a woman on the verge of a breakdown
Thursday 14 April 2011
A popular television environmentalist, Nicolas Hulot, has joined the rush of candidates for next year's presidential election – further complicating Nicolas Sarkozy's route to winning a second term.
Friday 04 March 2011
The latest sitcom from Friends co-creator David Crane stars Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig as a British couple who write a hit BBC TV show. They move to LA to recreate their sitcom for a US audience, but realise the studio execs have no intention of sticking to their original concept. Enter the great Matt LeBlanc (Friends' Joey), playing a caricature of himself, who is horribly miscast as the show's protagonist, much to Mangan and Greig's vexation. Frequent laugh-out-loud moments and a host of endearingly awful characters make this series feel like a very promising start, but Americanised one-liners fail to capitalise on Mangan and Greig's distinctly British delivery.
Tuesday 01 February 2011
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Thursday 06 January 2011
Friday 29 October 2010
Having discovered comedy gold in the shape of one of the funniest series to hit the small screen in the past decade, Channel 4 has had to face an unpalatable truth: inbetweeners do not stay inbetweeners forever.
Thursday 16 September 2010
Sunday 12 September 2010
Friday 10 September 2010
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