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July 2019: Blackpool and the Lancashire Coast

It’s illumination time in Blackpool. Lancashire in October is not likely to be your choice for a sunshine break, but that is not why ...More
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Armando Iannucci

Amid the usual quality suspects – Julie Walters and Kenneth Branagh to name but two – and are you sure that’s right? –Simon Cowell and Ant and Dec – the 2010 Baftas recognized Britain’s most cutting sitcom, The Thick of It, the creation of Armando Iannucci. The show won best sitcom and acting gongs for Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front. Iannucci previously helped Alan Partridge into this world; sent up TV news in On the Hour; and worked on the wonderful Mary Whitehouse Experience as a producer, for which he was already a hero. Too many sitcoms still recall Terry and June. Not Iannucci’s: his style is all movement and rapid fire dialogue; the bizarre alongside the banal; the profound with the profane; blink and you’ll miss something – who says this generation has a 30 second attention....

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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli
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First Ever Use of Tanks in Battle - 1916, Invergordon Mutiny - 1931, Battle of Britain ends - 1940, 1st Edition of the Sun - 1964
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