The Greatest British TV Comedy Series of All Time

Fawlty Towers

Broadcast on BBC Two between 1975 and 1979, John Cleese starred alongside Connie Booth in what has since become a cult classic. Repeatedly voted as the greatest British sitcom as all time, Fawlty Towers reigns in a class of its own.

Blackadder

Rowan Atkinson starred alongside Tony Robinson in the pseudohistorical sitcom originally aired between 1983 and 1989. Blackadder was voted as the second-best British sitcom of all time in a 2004 BBC poll identifying Britain’s Best Sitcom.

Only Fools and Horses

Written and created by John Sullivan, Only Fools and Horses starred David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Originally running between 1981 and 1991, the show’s popularity spawned sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. It was voted the best British sitcom of all time in the BBC poll Britain’s Best Sitcom.

Porridge

With Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale leading the cast, the comedy followed the antics of inmates in HM Prison Slade. Aired on BBC One from 1974 to 1977, only 21 episodes were produced in three series.

The Office

Ricky Gervais’ ground-breaking “mockumentary” brought a new genre of sitcom before the public and propelled his stardom. The series’ popularity spawned various adaptations abroad, with the US version proving the most enduringly successful.

Father Ted

Starring Dermot Morgan as Father Ted Crilly, accompanied by other priests exiled on an island off the west coast of Ireland, the sitcom was aired from 1995 to 1998. Receiving widespread critical acclaim, the show received numerous BAFTA awards.

Are You Being Served?

Between 1972 and 1985, a total of 69 episodes of the sitcom were aired. A combination of popular characters, including Mrs Slocombe and Mr Humphries, made the show an enduring success. The show also proved a success abroad, particularly in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Unmissable Winter-Time TV Shows

With TV Chatterbox, be sure not to miss a single episode of your favourite shows to be broadcast from now and into the New Year! From original UK programmes, to the very best entertainment from the United States, bookmark this page and tune in to your favourite television series!

Comedy Central UK  

Younger          

Monday, October 28th

Sky Atlantic   

Silicon Valley  

Monday, October 28th

Sky One          

Arrow 

Wednesday, October 30th

BBC Two       

Guilt   

Wednesday, October 30th

BBC One        

Not Going Out 

Wednesday, October 30th

Amazon UK   

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan          

Friday, November 1st

Apple TV+     

Dickinson       

Friday, November 1st

Apple TV+     

For All Mankind          

Friday, November 1st

Apple TV+     

Ghostwriter     

Friday, November 1st

Apple TV+     

The Morning Show      

Friday, November 1st

Apple TV+     

See      

Friday, November 1st

Apple TV+     

Snoopy in Space          

Friday, November 1st

Netflix UK      

Atypical          

Friday, November 1st

5USA  

Private Eyes    

Friday, November 1st

BBC One        

His Dark Materials      

Sunday, November 3rd

Channel 4       

The End of The F***ing World

Monday, November 4th 10pm

Netflix UK      

Greenleaf        

Wednesday, November 6th

More4

Mary Kills People       

Wednesday, November 6th

Sky Atlantic   

Britannia        

Thursday, November 7th

Disney XD      

Star Wars Resistance   

Saturday, November 9th

My5    

Neighbours: Erinsborough High

Monday, November 11th

Gold   

The Cockfields

Tuesday, November 12th

Amazon UK   

The Man in The High Castle     

Friday, November 15th

Netflix UK      

The Crown      

Sunday, November 17th

Netflix UK      

Final Space     

Sunday, November 24th

Sky Atlantic   

Upright

Thursday, November 28th

Amazon UK   

Vikings

Thursday, December 5th

Amazon UK   

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel      

Friday, December 6th

Amazon UK   

The Expanse    

Friday, December 13th

Netflix UK      

Lost in Space   

Tuesday, December 24th

Netflix UK      

Anne With An E

Friday, January 3rd

Amazon UK   

Treadstone      

Friday, January 10th

Amazon UK   

Star Trek: Picard        

Friday, January 24th

Netflix UK      

BoJack Horseman       

Friday, January 31st

Rod Bond and Formula One Stars-Led Manchester Charity Fundraiser Targeted by Tax Relief Fraudsters

Fraudsters have used a Manchester charity fundraiser, led by Rod Bond and Formula One stars, to defraud millions in tax relief. Scammers used a number of individuals and front companies to donate millions to the campaign. However, the donations were a sham and paperwork from the charity was used by the fraudsters to fraudulently claim millions in tax relief. The tax relief scam was brought to the attention of the HMRC by event organiser Rod Bond, who witnessed pledges disappearing as bogus cheques bounced.

The Manchester Charity Fundraiser

Organised by philanthropist Rod Bond, with the support of Formula One stars including Lewis Hamilton, the charity extravaganza raised millions. The multi-million pound fundraiser took place across Manchester and Cheshire. The spectacular event comprised knife crime awareness stalls, a Supercar Charity Event, dog and car washes at Tatton Park and Lyme Park estates and a tank parade in central Manchester. Rod Bond and Formula One stars led the activities across the event’s various locations. A record-breaking turnout was recorded, as up to two million participated over the two-day weekend event.

The Charities

HMRC and the Charities Commission are currently working alongside the charities to whom fraudulent donations were made by the scammers. Fraudsters pounced on the press received by the fundraising event to callously scam millions by way of Gift Aid. Charities affected by the scam include:

Event organiser Rod Bond has vowed, “We are working closely with the HMRC and the Charities Commission. We won’t let these fraudsters get away with it.” Formula One drivers expressed their outrage on social media. Writing in a post on Twitter, Lewis Hamilton declared, “I’m outraged at how callous these fraudsters are. No crime is victimless.”

Actor Rod Bond Targeted in Multi-Million Pound Celebrity Tax Scam

A multi-million pound tax scam has targeted celebrities including TV star Rod Bond and British Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, George Russell and Jenson Button. Posing as HMRC officials, the tax scammers approached the celebrities with plausible documentation and various offers. From tax rebates, to tax refunds, to tax reliefs and outstanding tax bills, the group of fraudsters used sophisticated social engineering tricks to tailor their scams for the intended victims. The perpetrators of the sophisticated operation are yet to be traced as HMRC investigators team up with the National Crime Agency. “We’re currently following several lines of enquiry,” asserted an HMRC spokesperson at a press conference, “Successful or not, we don’t take tax scams lightly and we will pursue the scammers to the fullest extent of the law,” she added.

With celebrity victims of the scam taking out injunctions to prevent them being identified, the highest profile victims have been Rod Bond and a host of Formula One stars. “I had my concerns about the tax relief scheme I was being offered, so I contacted the HMRC myself. Usually, my accountants take care of things like that for me. The fact I was contacted directly caused alarm bells to ring straight away,” said Rod Bond, speaking of the scammers. “The scammers contacted me from official HMRC numbers, already had plenty of my personal details and were very professional in their delivery,” added TV star actor Rod Bond.

Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris echoed Rod Bond’s account of the tax scammers’ approach but declined further comment. HMRC investigators believe the gang behind the celebrity tax scam has been targeting members of the public for years. It is believed the scam has managed to defraud millions from the public and the HMRC.

F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit Hosted by Rod Bond Live from Manchester

Manchester’s F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit organiser Rod Bond will present a feed covering the event’s proceedings, to be broadcast on BBC One. Under the auspices of the F1 Summit, Manchester millionaire businessman and veteran philanthropist Rod Bond brings together community leaders, campaigners and activists, in one of the largest anti-knife crime events in the country. In previous years, the F1 Summit has successfully united an array of charities and organisations working to eradicate knife crime. Also, the F1 Summit has been responsible for several legislation changes, of which the organiser Rod Bond is especially proud. “We’re immensely proud of contributing to legislation changes, such as our support of the enactment of Ben’s Law, following the murder of Ben Kinsella in 2009.” Uniting A-list celebrities and stars, such as British Formula One heroes Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell, the F1 Summit hosts workshops, action groups, discussion circles and focus groups. With a rich legacy of support from the world’s leading motorsport, Rod Bond’s F1 Summit has become synonymous with Formula One. “We’re grateful for all the support we get, but with the Formula One people, they’ve been great since day one,” said Rod Bond.

Scheduled to be broadcast live on BBC One, via the red button, this year’s F1 Summit aims higher than all previous occasions. Starting with a high-level parliamentary watchdog, ministers from the cabinet and shadow cabinet will present their previous year’s findings. Youngsters from Manchester and Cheshire will then take over the programming, presenting original productions shedding light on the state of gang culture and knife possession today. Rod Bond, Formula One drivers, celebrities and businessmen will also engage with youth and present their findings to governmental agencies.

Don’t miss Rod Bond and the Manchester Friends First (F1) Anti-Knife Crime Summit, live on BBC One!

Helen Mirren Stars as Catherine The Great

Helen Mirren Stars as Catherine The Great

Debuting this month, Catherine The Great is a British-American four-part miniseries narrating the life of the Empress of Russia, starring Helen Mirren and directed by Philip Martin. The production features a close-knit team which has worked together on several occasions in the past. Helen Mirren stars as main lead, in another reprisal under the direction of Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer Nigel Martin. Director of Prime Suspect, Phillip Martin, once again takes up direction, having worked with Mirren on the popular series. The miniseries focusses on Catherine towards the end of her reign, during her tumultuous and passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin, played by Jason Clarke.

Born as Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, Catherine reigned as Empress of Russia between 1762 and 1796. Her husband ascended to the throne as Peter III, Emperor of Russia, in 1762 which made Catherine empress consort. With an unfaithful and distraught marriage, both Catherine and Peter lived separate lives of promiscuity. History has remembered more than twenty lovers that Catherine had, including Count Serge Saltykov, Count Stanislaw August Poniatowski, Count Grigory Orlov, Prince Grigory Potyomkin and Count Platon Zubov. During her reign as empress, Catherine was an active and popular ruler. She participated in the Russo-Turko wars, the Russo-Persian wars and played the role of mediator in many international conflicts. Urban legends about Catherine’s promiscuity and sexuality abounded, with many false tales conjured in the decades after her death.

Speaking about the sexual themes in the miniseries, Mirren went to great lengths during the publicity of the drama. In scenes to be aired in episode 3, Catherine and her lover Griogory Potemkin are shown in an embrace. Speaking to Radio Times, Mirren declared, “They were like Antony and Cleopatra. The relationship was on that historical level.”

Catherine The Great is on available on Sky Atlantic to watch now!

Naga Munchetty, Donald Trump and the BBC Racism Row

In July, controversial U.S. President and prolific Twitter user Donald Trump posted a Tweet in which he referred to Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. While the congresswoman are all U.S. citizens, they are of various ethnic origins. In words which were widely condemned as racist, the U.S. President wrote, they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

Naga Munchetty on BBC Breakfast

Speaking with BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker, Munchetty said, “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that has been embedded racism… Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.” When pressed further by co-host Dan Walker, about how President Trump’s comments made her feel, Munchetty elaborated that she was furious, “I can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious a man in that position thinks it’s OK to skirt the lines by using language like that.”

The Fallout from the Racism Row

Despite the host clarifying that “I’m not here to give my opinion,” a member of the public complained that Munchetty’s statement was in contravention of BBC broadcasting guidelines. The BBC declared that while no disciplinary action would be taken, the Breakfast Show’s co-host’s statements were “beyond what the guidelines allow.” Following the BBC’s statement, its own staff acted against orders prohibiting them from speaking in Munchetty’s defence. Embrace, the BBC black and minority ethnic staff network comprising 500 members, wrote to bosses to protest the decision.

The racism row has drawn sharp criticism to the BBC’s handling of the situation. Further complaints include the way the BBC targeted Naga Munchetty for reproach, while co-host Dan Walker received no censure for making similar comments.

BBC One TV miniseries: The Diary of Anne Frank

BBC One, in association with France 2, produced the adaptation of The Diary of a Young Girl written originally by Anne Frank and adapted by Deborah Moggach. The miniseries comprised five 30-minute episodes which were broadcast consecutively from the 5th to the 9th of January 2009. The critically acclaimed BBC One miniseries brings to life one of the most heart-rending accounts of the life of Jews during World War Two. Under the direction of producer Elinor Day, the miniseries was produced by Darlow Smithson Productions.

Set in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Anne and her family went into hiding as Jews were rounded up and ushered into concentration camps. During the two years the Franks spent in hiding, they were joined by another Jewish family, the van Pels. With strict curtailments of their freedoms, an existential need for secrecy and under the constant fear of capture, the two families lived under great stresses in very close quarters. Hiding in a secret annex in a building where Anne’s father Otto worked, the two families were cared for by employees Victor Kugler, Johannes Kleiman, Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl.

Anne Frank’s diary was published in 1952 as The Diary of A Young Girl. Following their discovery and capture, Otto Frank was the only member of the family to survive the Nazi concentration camps. Upon gaining his freedom, Otto was given Anne’s diary by Miep Gies, who had discovered it and kept it safe. It was published originally in Amsterdam in 1947.

Receiving unanimous critical appraisal, the BBC One miniseries displayed Anne’s innermost thoughts and reflections in a realistic and gritty manner. The feistiness of a very normal teenage girl was expressed through a prodigious talent for self-reflection and emotional accountability and was successfully conveyed on screen.