Hugh Laurie

Is That It For The Great British Scold?

Today, the British press is a-flurry with the news that Simon Cowell is returning to the UK version of The X Factor. This is because it was in Britain that he made his name, the British show is his baby, and he just wanted to come back …

10 TV Shows That Explain British Culture

British life – from the bassinet to the crematorium –  has been dissected, examined and reflected back through the prism of the TV since the earliest, pre-war transmissions from Alexandra Palace in London. And for a small island, …

The Great British Songbook #9: ‘Teardrop’

It starts with a simple thought of arresting clarity, especially coming from a singer whose recorded career had largely been spent singing in a made-up language. Elizabeth Fraser, of the Cocteau Twins, coos a delicate “love, love …

Who Wants To See Hugh Laurie Rap?

We all know that Hugh Laurie is very keen on his music, and that he can play jazz and blues along with the best of them. But, as a comedian on a sketch show in the 1980s, he’d have been very remiss in his duties had he neglected …

Ten Uncomfortable Live TV Moments of 2011

Live TV is a killer. No matter what the best intentions of a production team may be, no matter how many doomsday scenarios have been planned out, something will always come along to gum up the works.