If you’ve ever been to London, you know that England’s capital city is rife with culture and history. You can visit museums and tourist attractions by day and head out to clubs and bars at night. Plus, there’s a theatre scene so vibrant you’d have to be trying very hard to not catch something amazing.
The last time I was in London (sadly almost 30 years ago), I managed to see a play with an actress longtime UNC-TV viewers should know well. The play was Hidden Laughter by the late Simon Gray (not late at the time, of course) and it starred Felicity Kendal.
“No, Miss Mountshaft, it is important where I stand for the performance. I am going to stand in the front row. I beg your pardon, Miss Mountshaft. I would remind you that I am the only first alto who can hit an A below Middle-C. In addition to which, I am probably the only person in the whole choir to have made anything of those ghastly tents we’re wearing. No, I have not finished, Miss Mountshaft. Furthermore, let us remember that it is I who supplied the gingerbread men for rehearsal teas. Blackmail is an ugly word, Miss Mountshaft. Thank you very much. I thought you’d see it my way. See you Tuesday then. Oh, and perhaps we can take that opportunity to discuss who’s going to play the lead in ‘The Sound of Music’. Goodbye, Miss Mountshaft.” – Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith), on the phone with the Music Society chair, GOOD NEIGHBORS (UK Title: THE GOOD LIFE)
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It’s no secret I love British comedy. I was devouring Monty Python’s Flying Circus while schoolmates were still hooked on Happy Days. Sometimes I’ll find myself thinking of a favorite Britcom and how much I love its particular theme song. So it just seemed obvious I should figure out MY TOP FIVE BRITISH COMEDY THEME SONGS. As always, these are not the best or most popular, just my personal Top Five list. Yours may (and probably should) differ.
5) GOOD NEIGHBORS (UK Title: The Good Life). No words to this theme song just a jaunty little tune with a roughly animated bird flying around a flower, for the most part. Of course, it’s a great show and an all-time fave and, I’ll be honest, when that bird momentarily looks at the camera, mouth agape – man, that just gets me every time.
4) FATHER’S DAY. No, you’ve probably never heard of it. I can find very little mention of it online, aside from an entry on imdb.com, but I really like this mid-80s family comedy headed by John Alderton (No, Honestly). Plus the theme song was written by Glenn Tillbrook and Chris Difford of the band Squeeze and sung by 80s pop idol Paul Young. [It’s not on YouTube but I did find an extended play of the tune at this fan site.] Continue reading →