Sunday, October 09, 2005

Bumped into Ben Elton the other day. Always been a fan of 'The Young Ones', 'Blackadder' and his novels and very much enjoyed the stage adaptation of 'Popcorn', a few years ago.

Ben was in good form and is now sporting a writerly black beard. His next project is a sitcom called 'Blessed', which debuts on BBC One on Friday 14th October at 9pm. It stars sitcom stalwart, Ardal O'Hanlon, and Mel Giedroyc of Mel and Sue, as harrassed parents. Ben told me it was inspired by his recent experiences with his own young family. You might remember his book 'Maybe Baby', which covered the conception stage of parenthood and was made into a film with Hugh Laurie, who is now wowing America in medical TV series 'House'.

Quite a departure from the 'Young Ones', although he could have used the title again and a step back to his sitcom roots from his recent novels and work with Queen on the popular musical 'We Will Rock You'.

A friendly guy and a true comic genius, I wish him luck with his new project and will be tuning in to check it out next week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy

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