Started by holyzombiejesus, December 17, 2023, 07:16:54 AM
Quote from: neov1974 on December 17, 2023, 06:10:42 PMThis Guardian article from yesterday was pretty good too:https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2023/dec/16/the-genius-of-caroline-aherne-royle-family-friends-remember
QuoteAfter concluding his speech, the show's host, Jonathan Ross, apologised to Sir Nigel: ''Not all of us can handle the drink my friend, although normally she can,'' he said.
QuoteA disastrous pilot was made with a live audience. Aherne hated it, and eventually got her way. The show soon became a huge success. And the more successful it became, the more determined the tabloids were to hound Aherne. In the first series of Mrs Merton, the studio band was led by her then husband, Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame. They divorced acrimoniously in 1997, and the tabloids had a field day. When Aherne tried to stop a scrap between Hook and her new boyfriend, TV researcher Matt Bowers, the tabloids had another one. And again when Bowers and Aherne split up after four months. The following year, Bowers died of stomach cancer at the age of 28, and again she was headline news. Then there was the drinking. It seemed that every time she went out, the tabloids pictured her pie-eyed or falling over.
Quote from: pigamus on December 17, 2023, 08:52:54 PMI look forward to the repeat showing of Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Quote from: Thosworth on December 18, 2023, 07:12:33 AMStandup from 1995, with a giant DOG added by an idiot. Perfect example of how delivery elevates material. On paper there'd only be a couple of laughs there, but the delivery and asides render the weaker parts hilarious
Quote from: Magnum Valentino on December 18, 2023, 06:41:42 AMDidn't the BBC do a tribute to Aherne only a year or two ago with John Thomson chumilly introducing clips in a pub? Can't have imagined that can I?
Quote from: DigForVictory on December 17, 2023, 10:55:24 PMI think Mrs Merton and Malcolm aired after the first series of The Royle Family too so you had the double hype of it being a sitcom starring beloved character Mrs Merton and also being the follow up to the already beloved Royle Family. I think the BBC assumed it would be a monster success. They were wrong.
Quote from: buzby on December 18, 2023, 03:53:14 PMThe first series of The Royle Family TX 14/09/98-19/10/98. Mrs. Merton and Malcolm TX 22/02/99-29/03/99.The BBC weren't keen on The Royle Family concept (hence pushing them to do it with a live studio audience) and wanted more Mrs Merton from Aherne instead. She negotiated agreeing to another series of Mrs Merton against the BBC agreeing to commission The Royle Family in it's original form.
Quote from: Simply_The_Bestest on December 18, 2023, 10:52:42 AMMrs Merton & Malcolm always felt to me what a Frank Sidebottom sitcom could be. Maybe Corbett's Sorry as well.
Quote from: Thosworth on December 22, 2023, 05:32:02 PMJoel Morris says that these days UK TV is only making documentaries, reality and drama, and comedy is too high budget/risk. Ghosts and Mrs Brown's Boys are the only Christmas comedy specials this year.
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