October 1, 1998 on BBC Two: 3rd Rock from the Sun

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3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), logo

21:00 – 3rd Rock from the Sun

“Dick on a Roll”

When Dick breaks his foot and has to use a wheelchair, he starts to campaign for the rights of disabled people.

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John Lithgow as “Dick Solomon” in “Dick on a Roll”

Listed Cast

  • Dick Solomon: John Lithgow
  • Sally Solomon: Kristen Johnston
  • Harry Solomon: French Stewart
  • Tommy Solomon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Officer Don: Wayne Knight
  • Dr Mary Albright: Jane Curtin
  • Leon: Ian Lithgow
  • Vicki: Jan Hooks

 


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October 1, 1988 on BBC 1: ‘Allo ‘Allo

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‘Allo ‘Allo (1982-1992), title card from “Pudding Can Go Off”

18:45 – ‘Allo ‘Allo

“Otherwise Engaged”

by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft

René is about to suffer foul torture at the hands of Denise Laroque, former lion tamer and now the feared leader of the Communist Resistance, when his strawberry-shaped birthmark is accidentally revealed. She immediately recognises René as her long-lost childhood sweetheart and vows to marry him at the earliest opportunity. It seems the last man to turn her down was thrown off the Eiffel Tower….

Listed Cast

  • René: Gorden Kaye
  • Leclerc: Jack Haig
  • Gruber: Guy Siner
  • Crabtree: Arthur Bostrom
  • Edith: Carmen Silvera
  • Yvette: Vicki Michelle
  • Mimi: Sue Hodge
  • Helga : Kim Hartman
  • Fairfax: John D Collins
  • Carstairs: Nicholas Frankau
  • Flick: Richard Gibson
  • Von Smallhausen: John Louis Mansi
  • Alfonse: Kenneth Connor
  • Colonel: Richard Marner
  • Von Klinkerhoffen: Hilary Minster
  • Captain Alberto Bertorelli: Gavin Richards
  • Fanny: Rose Hill
  • Denise: Moira Foot
  • Louise: Carole Ashby
  • Violette: Phoebe Scholfield


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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

1988-Elviramistressofthedarkposter-WikipediaElvira, Mistress of the Dark is an American comedy horror film. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in the character’s feature film debut.

Elvira makes her Big Scream Debut in her Hot New Comedy.

Released September 30, 1988 (US)

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing her own show in Las Vegas. However, the producers demand $50,000 from her and Elvira does not have the money. Out of the blue, she receives a telegram informing that her great-aunt Morgana died and she has an inheritance to receive. Elvira drives to the uptight town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, where her convertible breaks down. While repairing her convertible, Elvira inherits an archaic mansion, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great-uncle Vincent Talbot proposes to buy her book, but the poodle hides it in the sofa. Meanwhile, the conservative council of Fallwell feels uncomfortable with Elvira’s clothes and behavior and does not let her find a job. But cinema owner Bob Redding and the local teenagers help Elvira. When she decides to cook a dinner to impress Bob, she uses Morgana’s recipe and finds that it is indeed a spell book that belonged to her mother Divana. Further, Morgana has protected her from the warlock Vincent that wants the book to take over the world and destroy Elvira, who is a powerful witch. When Elvira refuses to sell the spell book to Vincent, he convinces the council that she is a witch that must be burned at the stake. How will Elvira stop the evil warlock Vincent? [IMDb*]

Notable Cast

  • Cassandra Peterson, “Elvira” / “Aunt Morgana Talbot”
  • W. Morgan Sheppard, “Great-Uncle Vincent Talbot”
  • Edie McClurg , “Chastity Pariah”
  • Kurt Fuller, “Mr. Glotter”
  • Jeff Conaway, “Travis”
  • William Duell, “Lesley Meeker”
  • Frank Welker, voice of “Algonquin”

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Room Service (1938)

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Room Service (1938), lobby card

Room Service is an RKO film comedy, based on the 1937 play of the same name. The film stars the Marx Brothers and also features Lucille Ball and Ann Miller.

This is the only Marx Bros. film that was not written especially for the team. Less frenetic and more physically contained than their other movies, the plot revolves around the shenanigans of getting a stage play produced and funded by mysterious backer Zachary Fisk, while evading paying a large hotel bill.

Better . . . Battier . . . Funnier Than Ever !

Released September 30, 1938 (US)

Notable Cast

  • Harpo Marx, “Faker Englund”
  • Groucho Marx, “Gordon Miller”
  • Chico Marx, “Harry Binelli”
  • Lucille Ball, “Christine Marlowe”
  • Ann Miller, “Hilda Manney”

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There’s Something About Mary (1998) released in UK cinemas

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There’s Something About Mary (1998), theatrical poster

There’s Something About Mary is an American romantic comedy film starring Cameron Diaz as the titular character with Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans and Chris Elliott all playing men who are in love with Mary and vying for her affections.

Warning: The guys who did ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘Kingpin’ bring you a love story.

Released July 15, 1998 (US); September 25, 1998 (UK)

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Channel 4, 1988-1999)

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Whose Line is it Anyway? (1988-1999), titlecard

Whose Line is it Anyway? is a short-form improvisational comedy television show hosted by Clive Anderson. Originally a British radio programme for the BBC, it became a television show when the concept was bought up by Channel 4, premiering on September 23, 1988, and running for ten series until its finale on February 4, 1999. The show consists of a panel of four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games, many taken from theatresports. Topics for the games are based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. The show itself ostensibly takes on the form of a game show, in which the host arbitrarily assigns points and likewise chooses a winner at the end of each episode, though with the “game show” format merely a part of the show’s comedy.

The programme itself featured a variety of comedians from across Britain, Canada and the United States, who took part, including Stephen Fry, John Sessions, Paul Merton, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Sandi Toksvig, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane, Stephen Frost, and Jim Sweeney.

The success of the format influenced a few international versions, including an American version of the same name – aired by ABC between 1999 and 2007.

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There’s Something About Mary (1998)

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There’s Something About Mary (1998), theatrical poster

There’s Something About Mary is an American romantic comedy film starring Cameron Diaz as the titular character with Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans and Chris Elliott all playing men who are in love with Mary and vying for her affections.

Warning: The guys who did ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘Kingpin’ bring you a love story.

Released July 15, 1998 (US); September 25, 1998 (UK)

Ted was a geek in high school, who was going to go to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator to track her down. That investigator discovers he too may be in love with Mary, so he gives Ted some false information to keep him away from her. But soon Ted finds himself back into Mary’s life, as we watch one funny scene after another. [IMDb*]

Notable Cast

  • Cameron Diaz, “Mary Jensen”
  • Ben Stiller, “Ted Stroehmann”
  • Matt Dillon, “Pat Healy”
  • Lee Evans, “Tucker” and “Norm Phipps”
  • Jeffrey Tambor, “Sully”
  • Keith David, “Charlie”, Mary’s stepfather

Soundtrack

Spotify* playlist

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