Monday, December 17, 2018

MARC ON BBC RADIO 4 SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER 2018


Looking For Oil Drum Lane



If you missed it listen again now: HERE


Looking for Oil Drum Lane Drama A dramatisation of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's comedy writing partnership - from Tony Hancock's departure to striking gold with Steptoe and Son. Starring Marc Wootton, Phil Cornwell, Barry Castagnola, James Hurn and Toby Longworth. 

Weaving comedy archive and newly written scenes, the show follows the tortuous search for Oil Drum Lane, the fictional address of Steptoe and Son. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson met in a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1948. They became friends through a shared passion for radio comedy. To amuse themselves, they broadcast their own sketches over the hospital radio. After sending their material to famous comedy writers of the day Denis Norden and Frank Muir, Alan and Ray were encouraged to post some scripts to the BBC. An unexpectedly positive response left the fledgling writers ecstatic. Soon they became regular sketch writers for the BBC. They met Tony Hancock and rose to the top of their profession. But when Hancock decided to go it alone Galton and Simpson were devastated and left high and dry. The team was then commissioned by the colourful head of light entertainment at the BBC, Tom Sloane, to write ten comedy plays - but the loss of Hancock generated an impenetrable writer's block - until they hammered out a pilot sit-com that became Steptoe and Son. 

Ray Galton........................................Marc Wootton 
Alan Simpson...................................Barry Castagnola
Tony Hancock/Wilfred Brambell......James Hurn 
Harry H Corbett...............................Phil Cornwell 
Tom Sloan........................................Ian Pearce 
Duncan Wood..................................Toby Longworth 

Other parts were played by the cast Written by Ian Pearce Script Editor - Nick Romero Directed and Produced by Andrew McGibbon

Friday, December 14, 2018

MARC AT THE GREAT ORMOND STREET CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018


Marc was delighted to once again be a guest at the first Great Ormond Street Christmas party the "Snow Ball" in London today as Mr Poppy alongside Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Stephen Mulhern, and Nick Grimshaw and GBBO stars as part of the 12 days of #GoshXmas.













Monday, November 26, 2018

NIGHTY NIGHT REUNION AND Q&A AT THE BFI


Last night saw a Nighty Night reunion, screening and Q and A at the BFI as part of their BFI comedy season



l-r Marc Wootton Felicity Montagu, Justin Johnson, Ruth Jones, Mark Gatiss, Julia Davis, Kevin Eldon, Angus Deayton


Justin Johnson of the BFI said: 

"Huge standing ovation and such an enjoyable evening reuniting the cast of Nighty Night @bfi with plenty of mashed prawns in their own basket. Thanks to Julia Davis, Mark Gatiss Kevin Eldon Ruth Jones Felicity Montagu Angus Deayton Marc Wootton #BFIComedy"

Monday, November 05, 2018

MARC AT THE BFI - NIGHTY NIGHT


Marc will be at the BFI again this month for the Nighty Night screening and Q&A.

Some tickets just released for this sold out Nighty Night event on Sun 25th November 2018. 

Guests just announced include Julia Davis, Angus Deayton, Mark Gatiss Kevin Eldon Felicity Montagu

For more info click HERE




BBC-Baby Cow 2004-2005
With Julia Davis, Rebecca Front, Angus Deayton, Ruth Jones
Series 1 168min (plus interval)

"Jill’s husband is very ill. So ill, in fact, that it’s time for her to go out and find a new partner while he selfishly clings on to life in the local hospital. Should it be Glen, a frugal man with a colourful tic, or next door neighbour Don, who meets her criteria but has a wife in tow? In manipulative sociopath Jill Tyrrell, Julia Davis has created a hilariously disruptive character."  J Johnson



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

MRS JENNIFER OXLEY OUIJA


Throwback to High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman and spooky goings-on with Mrs Jennifer Oxley... 




"Hello Psychic fans, Shirley here.

Again it’s been a storming week and I would love to focus on the phenomenon that is High Spirits with me Shirley Ghostman but sadly the BBC have upheld a complaint from a Mrs. Jennifer Oxley of Newport Gwent and to be honest it’s put a sour taste in my mouth.

She claimed that I read about her husband’s death in the South Wales Echo and then used the information in a reading, which is an unfounded accusation. Especially as I’ve not been abroad in years. I must say though I understand why she’s upset - her deceased husband did say quite a few ugly things about her in his message and misery does have a funny way of showing itself.

This week's show sees me inviting the audience to join me in a ouija-board s√©ance and taking time out to offer careers advice to those less talented than me. I tell you it wasn’t easy, in fact I had to remind some of them that they shouldn’t despair. Remember we all get reincarnated, so if you’re not happy in your job, just end it all and start anew in your next life

...Love and Light, Shirley x"


Sunday, October 21, 2018

MARC AT THE BFI FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018



This Friday 26 October 2018 8.30pm Marc will be introducing Steve Martin's THE JERK as part of BFI Comedy at the BFI Southbank London - NFT1

- to find out more and book tickets click HERE



Steve Martin stars as an oddball who has remarkable highs and lows in life.

USA 1979
Dir Carl Reiner
With Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, M Emmet Walsh, Mabel King
94min
Digital
Certificate 12A

Monday, June 11, 2018