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Top 11 Smegging Episodes of Red Dwarf

Luke Owen looks back at Red smegging Dwarf…

With Red Dwarf back on TV screens once again [read our review of the first episode here], I’ve been revisiting one of my all-time favourite British sitcoms featuring the adventures of the last human alive David Lister, his evolved feline partner The Cat, mechanoid Kryten, holographic smeghead Rimmer (and, later, love interest Kochanski) and super smart A.I. Holly (with an Iq of 6,000, the equivalent of 6,000 P.E. teachers).

Red Dwarf ran from 1988 through to 1999 when it was cancelled after eight series. A proposed movie was in development from 2000 through to around 2004, but it wouldn’t be until Dave brought the show back for a three-part special in 2009 that we’d see the crew once again. Though Back to Earth wasn’t the show fans had hoped it would be, Red Dwarf X, which aired three years later, was much better received. Now the smegheads are back once again for Red Dwarf XI,
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The Brittas Empire returns: but what other sitcoms could work in 2015?

Chris Barrie’s over-officious sports centre manager is set to return in a Christmas special, but if any other retired comedies get revived, they may need updating

Until yesterday, it seemed as if The Brittas Empire had been lost to the mists of time. The sitcom ran for six years on BBC1 in the 1990s, and arguably laid the groundwork for characters such as Alan Partridge, but it never really entered the fabric of popular culture. Perhaps it was just too singular to ever become a national treasure, since each episode tended to be an awkward mix of traditional farce, bleak character study and endless violent death.

But still, it’s got another chance. The BBC has announced that The Brittas Empire will be returning for a Christmas special, and possibly a new series. If it works – and arguably, tastes have advanced enough for people to warm to a mainstream
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Brittas Empire returning to TV

'The Brittas Empire' is returning to TV. The popular 90s sitcom - which ran for 53 episodes from 1991 to 1997 - is in development to make a comeback in an as-yet unannounced form, a BBC spokesperson has confirmed. Actor Chris Barrie, who played incompetent leisure centre manager Gordon Brittas, said:''One of the original writers is behind it and, fingers crossed, it happens. The script stage is supposed to be done now.'' According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the show could be back for a one-off Christmas special. And the return of the programme - which attracted 10 million viewers at its peak -
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Chris Barrie's The Brittas Empire could be returning to the BBC

Gordon Brittas could be returning to our screens, after it was revealed that The Brittas Empire is set for a comeback.

The '90s sitcom starred Chris Barrie as the inept manager of Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre.

Barrie appeared to announce the news at a recent Comic-Con fan convention when he said: "There's no secret to the fact that there's a script that's been commissioned by the BBC for a new Brittas Empire. So there's a chance that I may well be back.

"One of the original writers is behind it and fingers crossed it happens before I completely forget how to say my name.

"The script stage is supposed to be done now. I may be seeing something this summer on it. So fingers crossed."

According to The Mirror, a BBC spokeswoman has confirmed that a project - possibly a Christmas special - is being developed.

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Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Red Dwarf: 10 fantasy TV Lego sets we want

Clever fans have inspired Lego to make many awesome sets of toy blocks based on their home-made creations, from Back to the Future to Ghostbusters.

Now with official playsets for The Big Bang Theory and Doctor Who expected later this year, we thought it was time we made something like last year's movies compilation and put together a wish list of our dream TV-themed box of bricks.

Come on, Lego, these are all but a licensing contract away.

1. Top Gear

This 540-piece set is slowly gaining support on the Lego Ideas website, and has so far reached over 2,000 of its required 10,000 votes for Lego to take it seriously. Clarkson may be on his way out, but the set still includes him and fellow members James May, Richard Hammond and The Stig, as well as two camera crew members, a Broken Toyota Hilux and a Power Lap board with lap times.
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21 Doctor Who stories better than their reputation suggests

From the Macra to The Mysterious Planet, Andrew finds the gold in oft-unloved Doctor Who episodes from across the decades...

For the show's fiftieth anniversary, Doctor Who Magazine ran a new poll ranking the 241 stories up to and including The Time Of The Doctor. The Twin Dilemma came last again, having done so in 2009 survey, and though it does have many faults, it isn't completely bad. Colin Baker blazes his way haughtily through it, and the story noticeably lacks energy when he's off screen. Perhaps it might have been marginally better just to have had the Sixth Doctor and Peri go to a Little Chef so he could complain about the service.

In the lower half of the poll (compiled by people rating all the stories out of ten) are some pretty good stories, or at least ones that arguably don't deserve to be there. We've therefore compiled a list
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47 Ronin - What Are The Critics Saying?

A small degree of pleasure can be extracted from the movie when Kai inexplicably undergoes a personality transplant midway through and turns into a dominant swashbuckler, having previously been a thoroughly submissive figure who evoked the passive receptionist Carol from sitcom The Brittas Empire. There's also an incomprehensible shift in terms of which character's perspective we witness the story unfold from, with samurai leader Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada) being given the reins once Kai disappears for a large chunk of the narrative. The central theme of 47 Ronin is one of sacrifice. After sitting through this disaster, you'll feel as if you've sacrificed plenty but without any reward. Source: Digital Spy It all begins to seem like an Asian meditation on Super Mario, as Kai and company must ascend various levels (fire, dragon, bad theater) to rescue the princess. But there’s little sense of urgency, or — oddly, given the film’s
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47 Ronin review: Keanu Reeves stars in disastrous blockbuster

47 Ronin review: Keanu Reeves stars in disastrous blockbuster
Director: Carl Rinsch; Screenwriter: Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini; Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kô Shibasaki, Rinko Kickuchi; Running time: 119 mins; Certificate: 12A

As the old adage goes, you can't polish a turd. But you can sprinkle plenty of CGI and countless close-ups of Keanu Reeves looking morose onto it. Not that it matters in the case of 47 Ronin, an unfathomably botched attempt to translate the classic Japanese folktale into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Carl Rinsch's directorial debut finally limps onto screens almost three years after filming began, amidst stories of a turbulent production, a spiralling budget and editing room lockouts. Similar issues didn't prevent World War Z from impressing audiences, as the central story was conveyed in a fairly engaging manner, despite occasional unevenness.

Contrastingly, 47 Ronin is a model of consistency. It's unfailingly atrocious from start to finish. A turgid backstory is vomited onto the screen in a chaotic and cluttered opening,
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Have you been watching … Prisoners' Wives?

Forget the title – intelligent performances and a surprising depth mean this is no schlock-fest

Calling a drama Prisoners' Wives doesn't really do it many favours – it sounds all too close to ITV1's Footballers' Wives for comfort. But, while erring slightly on the soapy side, BBC1's new drama towers over the aforementioned schlock-fest thanks to the performances of its female leads

Gemma, Francesca, Lou and Harriet – played respectively by Emma Rigby, Polly Walker, Natalie Gavin and Pippa Haywood – are all regular visitors to a Sheffield prison. The drama follows their individual stories and emerging friendships. What could have been a mushy love letter to sisterhood and female independence actually plays out as a more realistic look at life on the other side of the bars.

The real surprise has been Rigby, the ex-Hollyoaks actress who plays mother-to-be Gemma who discovers that her seemingly perfect husband (Robin Hood's Jonas
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It's the passing of an era that saddens me as much as David Croft's death | David Mitchell

David Croft came from the golden age of television, when it was a unifying medium with enormous power

Last week David Croft, one of the most successful and talented comedy writers of his generation, died in Portugal. I wonder if he was worried about the euro? It's a nice thought that it's not his problem now. I hope when I'm dying, I remember to reflect on all the anxieties that are soon to become somebody else's problem. The insane terms of my will, for starters.

People have been saying that it's very sad that he died, which it is. But then I'm enough of a woolly liberal to consider "sad death" to be a tautologous phrase. I know that's a controversial view not shared by the Texan penal system and anyone who's ever said: "Death's too good for him!" If you're reading this online and have already started to type: "Oh right,
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It’s cold outside, there’s no kind of atmosphere…

I have very fond memories of Red Dwarf and I want them to stay that way, so news that it’s to return in a new two part series fills me with mixed emotions. Having never re-visited the crew since the first runs through the late 80s and 90s, my memories are hazy to say the least – that theme tune, ‘smeg heads’ and Craig Charles being monumentally unhygienic. And didn’t Holly change sex at some point? The point being, it was great at the time but a bit like the 70s Incredible Hulk or Kinder Eggs, I suspect it should be locked away in a nostalgic time capsule, revisited only by future generations as a museum piece. I would never recover fully if Chris Barrie’s Rimmer wasn’t the utterly hysterical bastard I remember him as. Speaking of Chris Barrie, the same goes for The Brittas Empire, and Gordon Brittas’ gloriously absurd,
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