I’m Ken Plume, and soon you’ll be listening to “A Bit Of A Chat” with me, Ken Plume.
In this episode, I’m having a bit of a chat with writer/producer Graham Linehan.
Anyone who has not seen the delightfully funny Father Ted deserves to have their comedy viewing privileges revoked, followed by a swift kick in the ass and a public shaming.
Ted was the co-creation of writer Graham Linehan, with Arthur Matthews – a writing partnership that had contributed to Alas Smith & Jones, The Day Today, The New Alexei Sayle Show and had previously had a go at the sitcom field with the short-lived Paris.
After Father Ted ended its three season run, Linehan went on to create the sketch comedy series Big Train - which starred a virtual who’s who of rising comedy stars – and co-write the first series of Black Books with Dylan Moran.
And, at a time when everyone was declaring traditional filmed-in-front-of-a-live-audience sitcoms dead with the arrival of single-camera shows like [The Office], Linehan proved them wrong with the success of The IT Crowd, which takes place in the nerdy bowels of corporate giant Reynholm Industries and revolves around IT staff Roy, Moss, & Jen. Both the first and second series are available on DVD in the UK, with Series 3 due in March. The show is currently airing in the US on IFC, with the first series due out on DVD in March. And for all of you nerds out there, you know the whole kit and caboodle is out on the internet. Just look under the third rock from the door. It’s worth it.
Here’s my chat with Graham Linehan… Hope you enjoy…
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