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Friday, March 4th, 2014


The Great BritCom Vote 2014


Aired Saturday, March 1st at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.

The Great BritCom Vote 2014

WTVP is shopping around for new “Brit Coms” to add to our schedule... and you got to help us decide! On Saturday, March 1 starting at 7 p.m. we sampled five British comedies—two classic titles and three never-before-seen on WTVP. It was a heated race and our front runners were neck-and-neck all the way. But the ballots have been counted and we have a winner: SPY! Well done SPY fans – and thanks to everyone who voted in our first-ever Great BritCom Vote. We will continue to raise the money to purchase the new series and work it into the schedule if possible.

The candidates vying for the coveted position were:

Fawlty Towers (7 p.m.) - Regarded as one of the greatest British TV shows of all times, John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers mixes the best in biting repartee with intense physical comedy to celebrate the wonderful rudeness of the manic and arrogant Basil Fawlty, the put-upon hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors, riff-raff and the chaos he brings mostly upon himself.

The series also stars Prunella Scales as the bossy Sybil Fawlty, Andrew Sachs as the dumb Spanish waiter Manuel, and co-writer Connie Booth as Polly, a chambermaid whose calmness was sorely tested in each of Basil's schemes and cover-ups, and an array of demanding and eccentric guests.

Hebburn (7:40 p.m.) - An affectionate tale of north east family life, Hebburn tells the tale of the Pearson family and their impetuous and ambitious son, Jack, who has left Tyneside for the bright lights and glamour of Manchester. He has secretly married (while drunk in Las Vegas) a middle-class Jewish girl, Sarah, and realizes that it is about time he introduced her to his family.

Jim Moir and Gina McKee play Jason's parents, Joe and Pauline, who are devoted to their family and their hometown. Jan Ravens and Phil Nice star as Sarah's parents, Susan and Ben, who have to contend with their daughter marrying into a family from a very different background.

Other characters include Jack's fun-loving sister Vicki, his Grandmother, Dot, who likes to keep everyone 'up to speed' on her bowel movements, Sarah's hippy sister, Marial, Jack's “larger than life” friend Big Keith, and Vicki's best friend Denise and her boyfriend Gervaise.

Moone Boy (8:20 p.m.) A warm family comedy series, Moone Boy is about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. This semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year-old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Headed by Martin’s sign painter father who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions. Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend, who also narrates his adventures. But while most boys would dream up a superhero sidekick, Martin’s pal is a man in his mid-30s with the most common name in Ireland.

Spy (9 p.m.) - Tim (Darren Boyd) is a single father trying to win back the respect and affections of his horribly precocious nine year-old son, Marcus. In the hope of proving that he is not a complete loser, Tim quits his dead-end job—but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5. Tim struggles as he attempts to juggle family life and his professional life without his secret being discovered, least of all by Marcus.

Supervising Tim at work is irrepressible MI5 boss, 'The Examiner', played by Robert Lindsay, who teaches the recruits his own unorthodox approach to the espionage game. Adding to the chaos of Tim’s life are his acidic ex-wife, Judith (Dolly Wells), her enthusiastic new boyfriend Philip (Tom Goodman) and his anti-social friend Chris (Mathew Baynton). And romance may be on the cards for Tim in the form of fellow spy Caitlin (Rebekah Staton) provided she can let her guard down long enough, or perhaps if he’s really unlucky he may fall into the web of psychopathic obsessive social worker, Paula (Rosie Cavaliero).

The Vicar of Dibley (9:45) - When their vicar passes away in the middle of a service, the inhabitants of the small Oxfordshire village of Dibley expected his replacement to be another old man with a beard, a Bible and bad breath. Instead, they got a babe with a bob-cut and a magnificent bosom. The Vicar of Dibley is a woman - yes, woman - who enjoys nothing more than a good laugh and a packet of chocolate hob nobs. Starring Dawn French as Geraldine Granger Vicar, the thoroughly modern, pop music-loving vicar, the series also features an amazing cast of eccentric, loveable characters who anyone who has ever served on a volunteer committee will instantly recognize.

This award-winning series was the brainchild of Richard Curtis, famous for penning the likes of Blackadder, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love, Actually.

WTVP presented The Great BritCom Vote in partnership with fellow PBS station WILL-TV. The event, now in its 15th year for the Urbana station, was broadcast live from the WILL studio with help from WTVP engineers and familiar on-air faces. Votes (and monies raised) will be tallied separately by each station.








For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program Director, at (309) 495-0591 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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