Monday, November 17, 2008

Cracking news! And some sad news.

Good news for us in the UK - we're getting a brand new Wallace and Gromit TV special this Christmas called A Matter of Loaf and Death (ouch) in which our heroes attempt to open a mechanised bakery (read more here).

A new Doctor Who and a new Wallace and Gromit? Auntie is being good to me this year.

But, sadly, veteran comedian Reg Varney won't be there for the celebrations as he's died aged 92. For those of you who didn't grow up with his saucy bus driver character, Varney was originally a music hall artist who was once half of a comedy duo with Benny Hill (Hill was the straight man!). He then moved into TV, landed the role of Stan in On the Buses and never looked back. His cheeky Cockney character appeared in 72 episodes and two feature films. He was a bit of a British comedy icon was our Reg; never quite as famous as Benny Hill or other contemporaries like Norman Wisdom, but a star all the same.

Oooh, I hate you Reaper.


doctawho42 said...

Oh yay! Wallace and Gromit. Thats excellent news....eeexcellent.
I expect I shall be saying Wensleydale all day tomorrow.

Reg Varney, I don't know, but still, he looked quite sweet, and my old Maths tutor was called Reg, so I have a soft spot for Reges...Regs? (The plural, anyway). God thats a weird name.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Docta - Wensleydale! Eeeeeee! As for Reg Varney, he was a harmless happy chappie. Although On the Buses was, by today's standards, predictable, crass, sexist and cheap - much like the Carry On! films - it was one of the most popular sitcoms of its day and created catchphrases that Brits still use to this day.
Gawd bless him. Bizarrely, the pural of Reg would be .. Regs. No apostrophes in plurals!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Pural? Curse my fat fingers!