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Farewell Rik Mayall: Comic Laid To Rest By Family And Friends In Devon

By Lauren James | 20th June 2014

Rik Mayall was laid to rest in a rose-festooned wicker coffin in a beautiful English churchyard yesterday (19 June). The late comedian collapsed and died aged 56 after his morning run on Monday 9 June,...

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Ben Elton Pays Tribute To Rik Mayall As Officials Probe Cause Of Tragedy

10th June 2014

British writer Ben Elton has paid tribute to his close friend and former collaborator Rik Mayall as mystery continues to surround the funnyman's death.Mayall passed away suddenly at his home in London on Monday (09Jun14)...

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Stephen Fry And Ben Elton Fight To Save War Memorial

12th August 2013

British actor Stephen Fry and writer Ben Elton have thrown their support behind a campaign to save a local town hall and war memorial in England.The stars, who collaborated on comedy Tv show Blackadder, have...

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How Twitter Got Ben Elton's 'The Wright Way' Axed From Bbc1

By Michael West | 11th July 2013

Ben Elton's new BBC1 sitcom 'The Wright Way' has been axed by the corporation after it received a critical mauling on Twitter. Executive Shane Allen confirmed on Tuesday (July 9, 2013) that the show -...

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Ben Elton's The Wright Way Goes The Wrong Way - Show Cancelled

By Jack de Aguilar | 11th July 2013

A slew of negative reviews and a rather embarrassing mauling on Twitter have lead The BBC to drop Ben Elton’s The Wright Way. The show, Elton's first BBC1 sitcom since Blessed in 2005, will not...

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Bbc Cancels Ben Elton's Sitcom 'The Wright Way'

By Elinor Cosgrave | 11th July 2013

The BBC has dropped Ben Elton's sitcom The Wright Way. The sitcom ended in May 2013 and the BBC announced yesterday (Wednesday 10th July) that it would not be renewing the comedy for a second...

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Ben Elton Hurt By Tv Show Axe

10th July 2013

British funnyman Ben Elton has been left feeling "bruised" by the cancellation of his new Tv show after just one season following low ratings and scathing reviews from critics.The screenwriter/author, who created scripts for Tv...

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A Big Thumbs Down On Twitter For Ben Elton's The Wright Way

By Hayley Avron | 24th April 2013

31 brief years have passed since Ben Elton found on-screen writing success with the anti-establishment humour of The Young Ones, a show that went on to become a classic in British comedy. There have...

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Unfinished Blackadder Script Re-discovered ; Could There Be A Final Hurrah?

By Contributor | 9th October 2012

Popular British comic character Blackadder looks like he could have one more role up his sleeve, after a 'lost Christmas special' was re-discovered by scriptwriter Richard Curtis. Played by the actor Rowan Atkinson, Blackadder...

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David Walliams To Play Chemistry Teacher In New Sitcom

24th August 2012

David Walliams is back with a new sitcom, reports The Independent. Bbc One controller Danny Cohen unveiled the show on Friday at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.Walliams, co-star of Little Britain, is set to play...

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Elton Apologises For Royal Rant

19th November 2009

Moviemaker/author BEN ELTON has apologised for his unflattering comments about the British Royal family, insisting his remarks were "taken entirely out of context".The funnyman sparked outrage in his native country after an appearance on Australian...

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Elton Slammed For Royal Attack

18th November 2009

Director BEN ELTON has come under fire for launching a foul-mouthed attack against the British Royal family.The funnyman was a guest on Australian TV show Good News Week on Monday night (16Nov09) when he began...

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Elton Lands Phantom Sequel

10th April 2008

British funnyman BEN ELTON is set to reunite with ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER for the much-anticipated PHANTOM OF THE OPERA sequel. Elton and Lloyd Webber worked together on 2000 London musical The Beautiful Game and now...

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Queen Start Work On Follow-up To We Will Rock You

30th January 2008

Legendary rockers QUEEN have teamed up with British writer BEN ELTON once again to work on a sequel to their hit London musical WE WILL ROCK YOU. The West End show has been hugely popular...

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Return Of Blackadder

11th April 2007

English actor ROWAN ATKINSON wants to revive his favourite character BLACKADDER, but is skeptical his co-writers BEN ELTON and RICHARD CURTIS will not be interested. Atkinson played EDMUND BLACKADDER, an English royal and government employee...

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Firth Blasts 'Ignorant And Embarrassed' Britons

5th December 2006

Actor COLIN FIRTH has blamed British "embarrassment" for his countrymen's trademark indifference towards strangers. The BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY star accuses his fellow citizens of turning a blind eye to bad behaviour, homeless people and suspicious...

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Blackadder Movie On The Way?

19th June 2006

A big screen version of BLACKADDER is on the verge of being filmed, 17 years after the last episode of the cult British TV comedy aired. Star ROWAN ATKINSON is keen on shooting a Blackadder...

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Prince Charles Nets All Star Line Up

24th April 2006

British royal PRINCE CHARLES has signed up surviving BEE GEES BARRY and ROBIN GIBB, alongside PINK, SUGABABES, EMBRACE, LIONEL RICHIE and RONAN KEATING, to perform at next month's (MAY06) Prince's Trust 30th birthday concert. The...

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Queen's West End Musical To Close

27th January 2006

QUEEN's West End musical WE WILL ROCK YOU will leave the London stage in October (06), following an acclaimed four-year run. The stage show written by BEN ELTON and based on the music of...

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Quo The Musical?

1st November 2005

Veteran English rockers STATUS QUO are set to follow in the footsteps of QUEEN and ROD STEWART, by producing their own stage musical. FRANCIS ROSSI and RICK PARFITT - currently celebrating a 40-year career...

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Tina Bans Ike Reference In Elton Musical

19th June 2005

TINA TURNER is so scarred by memories of her tempestuous marriage to IKE TURNER, she has banned any reference to him in BEN ELTON's forthcoming musical about her. The PRIVATE DANCER star gave the...

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Fry: 'There Will Be No More Blackadder'

1st May 2005

Actor STEPHEN FRY has shattered hopes for the return of classic BBC comedy BLACKADDER - he insists it would be impossible to get the original writers together. Fry claims the creators of the series,...

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Surprise Party Reduces Atkinson To Tears

18th January 2005

LOVE ACTUALLY star ROWAN ATKINSON was reduced to tears by a surprise party arranged by his wife to mark his 50th birthday. SUNETRA spent months planning the anniversary bash held at her husband's former...

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Paltrow To Star In Spielberg Big Brother Film?

22nd June 2004

Hollywood actress GWYNETH PALTROW has become so obsessed with British reality TV show BIG BROTHER, she hopes to turn it into a movie directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG. The OSCAR-winning beauty, who is well-known for...

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Turner Follows Stewart To The Stage

28th October 2003

Veteran singer TINA TURNER's life story is to be turned into a musical for the London stage. The SIMPLY THE BEST star agreed to start planning the extravaganza after meeting British comic BEN ELTON...

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We Will. We Will Sue You

9th April 2003

The hit musical based on songs by rock band QUEEN WE WILL ROCK YOU has been served with a lawsuit. The musical director of the show, CHRISTOPHER RENSHAW, has launched a legal battle for...

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Beautiful Game Film Planned

26th March 2003

An ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's musical about how soccer transcends the troubles in Northern Ireland is set to be made into a film. British comedian and writer BEN ELTON, who wrote the musical about...

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