25 More Facts About The Real Kit Marlowe

Part 1 is here: https://adoseofdavidmitchell.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/the-real-kit-marlowe-25-facts-about-the-upstart-crow-bad-boy-and-renown-playwright/

26. This scholarship was inaugurated by Matthew Parker, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 till his death in 1575, and intended for boys from the King’s School, with the stipulation that candidates must be able to sing a tune, sight-read music and write verse.

 27. The only known genuine extant sample of Kit’s writing is his 1585 signature, on the will of former Canterbury neighbour Katherine Benchkin, below his father’s and alongside those of his uncle Thomas Arthur and his brother-in-law John Moore, widower of Kit’s sister Jane.

 28. The handwritten and unpublished extract (known as the Collier Leaf) from “Massacre at Paris” has not been proved authentic and could be the work of a forger.

 29. Kit is believed to have been recruited as a spy for the government of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, while still at Cambridge. In fact, his long absences from his college nearly resulted in his being denied his MA, but a letter written by members of the Privy Council explained he had been working for Her Majesty’s Government.

 30. Records, still extant at Cambridge University, reveal that after his lengthy absences in his post-graduate years, Kit returned and spent lavishly on food and drink in The Buttery, an unaffordable expense on just his scholarship income.

 31. While at Cambridge Kit translated Ovid’s “Amores” from Latin into English. These were later published under the name “Ovid’s Elegies”.

 32. It seems Kit was an outstanding student, was fluent in Latin and had a knowledge of other European languages, including Ancient Greek.

 33. On leaving Cambridge with his MA, Kit appears to have continued to lead a double life – as a very successful playwright and as a part-time spy for Queen Elizabeth’s government. There is no written evidence to support the latter, but it is widely believed that he spent some of his time engaged in such shady activities and this may have provided him with enough spare time to write as well.

 34. Kit is said to have liked to wear fine clothes and, once he was earning money, would choose velvets so was often elaborately dressed.

 35. In 1952 a portrait of an ornately dressed young man was found during refurbishments at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. It was renovated and is considered to be of Christopher Marlowe, though there is no definite evidence.

 36. While the portrait gives no indication of the name of either the sitter or the artist, there are Latin inscriptions in the top left-hand corner which hint at the subject being Kit himself:

 “Anno dni aetatis svae 21 1585” (“Aged 21 in the year 1585”)

 “Quod me nutrit me destruit” (“That which nourishes me destroys me”) which is said to have been Kit’s motto, possibly a phrase of his own, and is a concept used in his plays. However, with his writing Kit coined many phrases which are still used today, among them: “sink or swim” (Dido), “Che serà, serà” (Dr Faustus), “The face that launched a thousand ships” (Dr Faustus).

 37. Kit was a poet, playwright and translator, as well as a leading exponent of blank verse in iambic pentameter, and is said to have influenced his contemporary William Shakespeare and revolutionised Tudor theatre.

 38. Kit’s works include the poems “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” and “Hero and Leander”, his translations “Ovid’s Elegies” and “Lucan’s First Book of the Civil War” (known as “Pharsalia”) and his plays, which were all performed in his lifetime, “Dido, Queen of Carthage”, “Tamburlaine the Great”, “Tamburlaine Part II”, “The Jew of Malta”, “Doctor Faustus”, “Edward II” and “Massacre at Paris”.

 39. There are other plays and poems which he is thought to have written but no proof of authorship exists and so more Marlowe Mysteries are added to the others.

 40. The leading actor in the original performances of “Tamburlaine the Great”, “Tamburlaine Part II”, “Doctor Faustus” and “The Jew of Malta” was Edward Alleyn, a tall man and imposing actor whose theatrical abilities enhanced the roles Marlowe had created.

 41. All of Marlowe’s plays were performed at The Rose Theatre, owned by Philip Henslowe, with the exception of “Edward II” which was staged at The Theatre, with Richard Burbage in the lead role. Philip Henslowe kept an accounts book which he also used as a diary. This is still extant and gives information on the plays performed at The Rose, including the writers, popularity with audiences and the takings.

 42. As a result of his writing prowess, Kit was called The Muses’ Darling by an admirer but also had other nicknames: Mercury, The Morning Star, Machiavel and of course there is Ben Jonson’s reference to “Marlowe’s Mighty Line”.

 43. It is believed that a secret club (nicknamed School of Night) was formed which attracted the interest of Tudor freethinkers Henry Percy (9th Earl of Northumberland), Walter Raleigh, Thomas Hariot and Christopher Marlowe. They are said to have met at Syon House to discuss the arts and sciences but there is no proof that this club actually existed.

 44. On 30th May 1593, while at a “safe house” in Deptford, South London, Kit is said to have been murdered following an argument with Ingram Frizer over a matter of money, either an unpaid debt or the payment of a meal bill (the reckoning as it was known in the Elizabethan era).

 45. Kit was also said to have been buried in an unmarked grave in the nearby churchyard of St Nicholas. Today there is a memorial stone placed in the wall of the churchyard which claims he was buried there and includes a quote from “Doctor Faustus”:

 “Near this spot lie the mortal remains of Christopher Marlowe who met his untimely death in Deptford on 30th May 1593

 Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight”

 46. At the time of his alleged murder, Marlowe was on bail, having been arrested on 20th May 1593 for the crime of atheism; if found guilty his punishment could have led to execution.

 47. The Marlovian Theory contends that his murder never occurred and he was sent into exile for his protection. Various reasons are given for this conclusion, including the suggestion that he wrote Shakespeare’s plays post-1593. However, there is no definite evidence to prove the Marlovian Theory, although there are some plausible ideas surrounding it.

 48. In 2016 Oxford University scholars concluded that all three parts of “Henry VI” had been co-written by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe (probably in 1592) and now both their names appear on copies of The Oxford University Press publication. However, some academics dispute this, claiming that Marlowe had no hand in the writing of any part of this play.

 49. The house where Kit is believed to have been born (and lived during his early life), as well as the church where he was baptised, stood for centuries but were both flattened by a German bomb in 1942. However, the church clock tower escaped and still stands today, with a blue plaque dedicated to Kit. On the site of the Marlowes’ home is the Canterbury branch of Fenwicks, and the Marlowe Society is in discussion with the department store’s owners regarding a Christopher Marlowe memorial.

 50. Modern-day Canterbury has not forgotten its most famous writer. In the city The Marlowe Theatre and a late-Victorian statue (sculpted in bronze by Edward Onslow Ford), symbolising the Muse of Poetry, are dedicated to him and his plays, with a more modern sculpture by Steven Porchmouth awaiting funding and commission. The King’s School has remembered him, naming one of their houses after him, and the town planners have noted his fame with Marlowe Road and Marlowe Avenue, not to mention Tamburlaine Court and Marlowe Court. In London, Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner Kit is remembered with a stained glass window, commissioned by The Marlowe Society.

Portrait thought to be of Christopher Marlowe, part of the Corpus Christi College Collection – © The Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge  


Kit’s baptismal record in the parish register of St George the Martyr for 1564, stating “The 26th day of February was christened Christofer, the sonne of John Marlow”


Only known extant copy of Christopher Marlowe’s signature – from 1585 when, with members of his family, he witnessed the will of former neighbour Katherine Benchkin.

To the best of my knowledge the above points are correct but please accept my apologies for any inaccuracies. I am indebted to a variety of sources, including the Marlowe Society’s excellent website, which gives so much information on Kit’s life and works, and any errors in the above are entirely from my misunderstanding. Therefore, for fuller details on Christopher Marlowe, I would recommend visiting: http://www.marlowe-society.org/

Twitter: @ChasquiPenguin


The real Kit Marlowe: 25 Facts About the Upstart Crow Bad Boy and Renown Playwright

Christopher (Kit) Marlowe

50 Facts, Rumours and Speculations on his Life and Literary Achievements.

In September 2017 my original list of 30 Facts and Rumours on Kit Marlowe appeared on this website. It was my first attempt to compile such a list but, as there is more information known about Kit, his family and the Tudor era in which he lived, I have amended it and added a further 20 facts, rumours and speculations.

Written by @Chasquipenguin (twitter)


1. Christopher (Kit) Marlowe was born in Canterbury to shoemaker John Marlowe and his wife Katherine, their second child and eldest son.

 2. He was baptised as Christofer on Wednesday, 26th February 1564 at the church of St George the Martyr, opposite the house thought to be the Marlowes’ home, located on the corner of St George’s Street and St George’s Lane.

 3. It is likely he was born in the preceding few days, though his exact date of birth is unknown. It was customary then for babies to be baptised soon after birth as infant mortality rates were high.

 4. His parents married at St George the Martyr on 22nd May 1561.

 5. John Marlowe was from the village of Ospringe (now part of Faversham), about 10 miles from Canterbury, and thought to have been born around 1536. He was educated at the Maison Dieu in Ospringe. The building has served as a hospital, monastery, hostel and retirement home but is a museum today, with its history dating back to the 13th century.

 6. John is thought to have moved to Canterbury when he was about 20 years of age, either as an apprentice shoemaker or to take up an apprenticeship in Canterbury. He became a freeman of the city in April 1564, when Kit was two months old.

 7. Katherine Marlowe (née Arthur), daughter of William Arthur, is believed to have grown up in Dover.

 8. John and Katherine were married for 44 years, dying within two months of each other in 1605.

 9. John passed away in early 1605, and was buried in the churchyard of St George the Martyr on 26th January. Katherine passed away on 18th March 1605 and was buried the next day in the churchyard of All Saints in Canterbury, despite her will, written the day before her death, stating that she wished to be buried near her husband.

 10. The Marlowes had nine children and all but the youngest were baptised at St George the Martyr:




Boy (name unknown)






 Short biographies of Kit’s eight siblings are in points 11–18 below.

 11. Mary – baptised on 21st May 1562 (the day after her parents’ first wedding anniversary), died at the age of six and was buried on 28th August 1568 in the St George the Martyr churchyard.

 12. Margaret – baptised on 18th December 1565, married John Jordan on 15th June 1590, believed to have died in 1642 (making her 76 or 77).

 13. Boy (name unknown) – baptised on 31st October 1568, buried in the churchyard on 5th November 1568. His birth was about two months after the death of Mary and does raise the question of whether his was a premature birth, possibly due to the trauma his mother was undergoing having lost her eldest child.

 14. Jane – baptised on 20th August 1569, married John Moore on 22nd April 1582 at St Andrew’s, Canterbury, and is thought to have passed away in January 1583 at the age of 13. It is speculated that she died in childbirth but this is not known for certain.

 15. Thomas – baptised on 26th July 1570, buried on 7th August 1570 in the churchyard of St George the Martyr.

 16. Anne – baptised on 14th July 1571, married John Cranford on 10th June 1593 at St Mary Breadman, Canterbury, buried on 7th December 1652 (aged 81) in the churchyard of All Saints, Canterbury (where her mother was buried).

 17. Dorothy – baptised on 18th October 1573, married Thomas Gradell on 30th June 1594 at St Mary Breadman, Canterbury, died after 1625.

 18. Thomas – baptised on 8th April 1576 in St Andrew’s, Canterbury. There are no further details of him, though it is believed that, like his big brother Christopher, he attended The King’s School in Canterbury. It is not known how long he lived but as he was not mentioned in his mother’s will, it is presumed that he died before 1605.

 19. Kit grew up surrounded by younger sisters. There was a difference of 12 years between him and his youngest brother Thomas, so it is unlikely the boys were very close, especially as Kit set off for Cambridge University in December 1580 when Thomas was only four.

 20. The Tudor era heralded the start of free schools – petty schools for young children, who could progress to grammar schools around the age of seven. These schools taught Latin grammar, hence their name, but education was not compulsory in the 16th century.

 21. It is likely Kit attended both types of school, and would have received an excellent grounding in Latin, in which he became proficient. However, there is also a theory that his father paid for him to attend The King’s School, perhaps affording the fees in part by supplying shoes to the teaching staff – the Headmaster and Lower Master.

 22. At the age of 14 Kit gained a scholarship to Canterbury’s King’s School. There has been speculation that his scholarship was provided either by the school itself or by Sir Roger Manwood, a senior judge and philanthropist, also from Kent. On Sir Roger’s death in 1592, Kit wrote an elegy in Latin to him.

 23. The King’s School is considered the oldest extant in England, and probably in the world, dating back to the 6th century, though the school was refounded by Henry VIII following his dissolution of the monasteries which began in 1536.

 24. As a pupil at the King’s School, Kit is said to have sung in the choir of nearby Canterbury Cathedral. He would also have been required to speak in Latin, even in the playground. The school day started at 6 or 7 a.m. and continued till 5 p.m. over six days a week, with homework after this, and harsh discipline. Even though he lived fairly close to the school, it is almost certain that Kit was a boarder.

 25. In 1580 Kit gained The Matthew Parker Scholarship enabling him to further his studies at Corpus Christi College (called St Bene’t’s at the time), Cambridge University, where he gained his BA in 1584 and his MA in 1587.


A look back at: Ambassadors

p01k6yf0In 2013, arguably Mitchell and Webb’s most daring project debuted: Ambassadors was a show unlike anything they had previously embarked on. A comedy, a drama and a thriller all set in the fictional Eastern block state of Tazbekistan.

The story began shortly after Keith Davis (David Mitchell) had been appointed Tazbekistan’s new Ambassador, following the mysterious disappearance of the previous one. He attempts to fit in but accidentally shoots an Ibex (Tazbek’s national animal) on a hunting trip with the president. Keith’s attempts to impress are appearing increasingly bumbling to his second in command Neil Tilly (Robert Webb) who has a mysterious past of his own. A mysterious man appears to be blackmailing him and he has a particualy rebellious girlfriend who he’s keen to keep on the quiet – Tanya ( Natalia Tena). Keith and Neil both answer to POD (Matthew McFadden) their superior in the Foreign Office, whose video calls from London they both dread and rarely come off well from.

The consulate staff consist of Neil’s ally, Kaitlin ( Susan Lynch), Natalia (Shivani Ghai) and Neil’s least favourite: Isabel (Amara Karan). The amazing Keeley Hawes plays Keith’s wife, Jennifer and across the series there are guest appearances from Tom Hollander as Prince Mark and Michael Smiley as the fabulously intimidating Mr 21.


Ambassadors satirised the difficulty of being an Ambassador in a country which is essentially is a dictatorship – although for the most part ‘The Prez’ manages to be as amusing as he is threatening.  The first thing that you notice about the show is that it looks and sounds like a movie. Shot partly in Turkey, and partly in the UK (although you’d never know it). The look of the show is flawless and probably one of the best looking comedies ever made. Written by James Wood (who had previously written Rev) and also Rupert Walters, it was Mitchell and Webb’s debut as co-executive producers. The attention to detail was one of the best things about Ambassadors. On the BBC website you can read a page all about the history of Tazbekistan  – the entirely fictional country created for the show: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4950cyLdDC4TgG5bkzQm9GL/tazbekistan

One of the great things about Mitchell and Webb is their ability to span genres. You’d be very hard pressed to find a double act with a more eclectic range of comedy on their CV’s/IMDB pages. Ambassadors was their first project to pitch itself as a serious comedy drama (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) and it delivered. Split into three hour long episodes rather than the usual six half hour shows. The finale packed a particularly exciting punch, when a ‘Tazbek Spring’ occurred and Keith decided to take matters into his own hands and meet with the terrorist Tazbek rebels in a move that could threaten his life.p01k6yp5

Just because Ambassadors delved into drama, that didn’t mean it wasn’t short on laughs. Tom Hollander’s rather obvious parody of Prince Andrew, complete with a six-foot ironing board, and his attempts to interact with the staff were hilarious. His friendship with ‘The Prez’ over The Last of The Summer Wine being a particular highlight. Another great on-going gag was Keith’s continual annoyance and games of one-upmanship with the French Ambassador. A feature that also absolutely made the show was the almost ‘Statler and Waldorf’ style comments from two spies for the state, who bugged and monitored the Embassy at all times. But, my favourite moment of all was a serious one – Keith’s ‘one of those moments’ speech really resonated with me.

So why didn’t we see any more episodes of Ambassadors? Well, it’s certainly an extraordinary story. The BBC eventually had to deny that there was any Government collusion in axing the show. Ambassadors was received very well, and was even repeated over the Christmas week of 2013, but after that things went quiet. It wasn’t until over a year later, when bizarrely, former Tory MP, Matthew Parris, broke the news that the show wouldn’t be getting a second series. Here is the excerpt reporting on this story from The Evening Standard:

“In today’s Times, former Westminster wag Matthew Parris praises BBC2 comedy Ambassadors, set in a fictional Central Asian country and starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

“The episode involving a fictional minor royal (obviously Prince Andrew) furious that there was no Four Seasons hotel for him to stay in was hilarious,” he writes, adding that his fondness for the programme was shared by the Prime Minister and several British diplomats. The Duke of York, however, is not a fan, and Parris claims Foreign Office pressures may have led William Hague to ban staff from tweeting about it when he was Foreign Secretary.

“Now I hear the BBC is getting cold feet about a second series,” Parris writes. “Next time some ghastly foreign despot objects to something else in our media, the BBC (and the FCO) will struggle to insist that in a democracy the government does not control these things.”

The BBC confirmed Ambassadors won’t be back but insists that it was its decision alone. “In fact, the Foreign Office was a big supporter of the series throughout development and production and, we are led to believe, the final show had many fans in government. If the BBC was afraid to offend government departments, shows such as The Thick of It, Have I Got News for You or anything with Charlie Brooker in it would never make it on screen.””


It’s a deeply unsatisfactory end to what was an amazing show. The worst thing about it was how the first series had set up so many teasers for things to come. We’ll almost certainly never discover Neil’s secret, what happened to the previous Ambassador, or what the golf balls that were found sinisterly lying around the embassy were all about. But there is a silver lining to this particular dark cloud, and that’s Back – arguably Ambassador’s true spiritual successor. Robert Webb’s character, Andrew, in particular, is very similar to Neil, a furtive character, who you’re never quite sure you can trust. In the first episode of Back, we see Andrew being driven through an atmospherically lit tunnel – Ambassadors was all I could think of.

Back combines elements of Ambassadors and Peep Show very cleverly into a compelling comedy/drama, and while we never got a second series of Ambassadors, we thankfully will be getting a second series of Back on Channel 4 later this year.

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12 Disastrous US remakes of British Sitcoms

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Some things are just uniquely suited to a culture, a time and a place. The idea of remaking anything to fit another culture is thankfully becoming more of an outdated concept. Unfortunately in the past, American TV producers have repeatedly tried and failed to remake many of our beloved British sitcoms. Here are just a few examples:

The Young Ones – Oh, No! Not THEM!


For some reason in 1990 Fox decided to commission a pilot remaking The Young Ones somewhat bafflingly with the title Oh, No! Not THEM! Using The Beatles ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ as its theme tune. Nigel Planer was involved, although it isn’t clear whether he reprised his role as Neil, as the unaired pilot has never seen the light of day – but he was rumoured to have had a bad time onset. Bizarrely, all that was leaked online was the animated title sequence. That was obviously the best part about it!

Peep Show

There have been dozens of articles over the years about the possibility of a Peep Show US remake. As time passed we had all assumed these ideas had fizzled out – however, in 2015 we finally found out that at least one had made it to pilot stage when a copy leaked online. This remake is probably one of the strangest on our list. Starring The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki as Mark ( his hair styled to look like an over-exaggerated version of David Mitchell’s Mark). Coupled with the fact that this leaked copy seemed to be recorded on the world’s oldest video tape, which inexplicably makes it feel as if it pre-dates Peep Show, makes it all the more bizarre.

The It Crowd


If you had to remake an iconic British Sitcom for the American market, The IT Crowd was probably going to be a safe bet. As such, it’s probably the best pilot on this list (that’s been released) and that’s not saying much! Richard Ayoade reprised his role as Moss, something he later remarked that he regretted doing. Roy and Jen were replaced with American counter-parts. Richard Ayoade said of the experience, “It was a bit like a play where everyone else had left. It was very odd.” It wasn’t picked up for a series.


Red Dwarf

Notorious among Red Dwarf fans, the two US pilots caused fall outs between just about everybody involved! Robert Llewellyn reprised his role as Kryten. Doug Naylor and Rob Grant (Red Dwarf’s creators) were also on board. However, interference from other producers and writers meant that these two disastrous attempts at Red Dwarf USA had ended before they’d even begun. The story of these pilots were made into a very interesting documentary – ‘Dwarfing USA‘ for the original Red Dwarf Series V DVD release. Interestingly, in the documentary Doug mentions that ‘some guys from ‘The Simpsons‘ were part of the writing team; which makes you wonder whether this experience inspired the eventual creation of Futurama. Watch the full documentary here:

Fawlty Towers – Payne

One of the few shows on this list to have been made into a full series, although the plug was eventually pulled before the last two episodes were broadcast: Payne starred John Larroquette as Royal Payne (Yes, that’s his name) and Rick Batalla as Mo – who apparently was the Indian version of Manuel. Interestingly, more episodes of this show aired in the UK than in the US. There’s one that never saw the light of day anywhere – probably for the best!

 The Inbetweeners

image2817488844467207515.jpgThere were several attempts at an Inbetweeners remake before one made by MTV actually took off (if that’s the right word) and was made into a full series. British fans were deeply unhappy with the episodes after they surfaced online and after a backlash in the media, MTV axed the show.

The Vicar of Dibley – The Minister of Devine


Not much is known about this unreleased Vicar of Dibley US pilot, other than it cast Kirstie Alley as the new Church minister, Sydney Hudson, alongside quirky members of the parish such as Hubert, Wesley and Buzz. Strange name choices aside, it’s frankly just amazing that anyone thought remaking such a quintessentially British show for the American market was ever a good idea in the first place!

The Thick Of It


The US pilot of The Thick of It was another vehicle that failed to gain any traction. Armando Iannucci, who was executive producer for the attempted American reboot, remarked “It was terrible … conventionally shot and there was no improvisation or swearing.” He added “When we were doing the pilot of The Thick Of It at ABC there were just scores of people working on it, all called vice president this and that, and a lot of them were buffoons.” However, this story has a happy ending, as Armando Iannucci did eventually have another crack at re-imagining (as opposed to remaking) The Thick of It and the result was the multi award winning Veep.


Gavin and Stacey – Us & Them


There were apparently a few different networks that wanted to adapt Gavin and Stacey for an American audience. Eventually, Fox green-lit seven episodes of Us & Them, but after they were made Fox bizarrely took the decision not to air them – it would be years before the streaming service Sony Crackle (me, neither) picked it up and finally aired the show in the US (technically). Both Ruth Jones and James Corden were initially approached to write the scripts, but turned it down. James Corden told Indiewire : “How can we write a show about two American families when we’re from England and Wales? We were like, ‘good luck.’ But it’s not a surprise they were never able to make a go of it.”


Only Fools and Horses – Kings of Van Nuys


In 2012, somebody at ABC decided it might be a good idea to have a go at remaking Only Fools and Horses (a bit late to the party guys) although this time it was to be renamed, somewhat confusingly, The Kings of Van Nuys. Weirdly, the original title Only Fools and Horses actually comes from the obscure expression ‘Only fools and horses work for money.’ which funnily enough was an old Americanism that the BBC were desperate for John Sullivan to change, because nobody would know what it meant!

Christopher Lloyd was cast as Granddad in this remake, which certainly would have been interesting to see. However, the pilot wasn’t picked up.


The supposed US remake of Spaced outraged the original cast and crew. With Charlie’s Angels director McG at the helm of this ill-fated remake, Simon Pegg issued an open letter expressing his distaste for the idea:

“My main problem with the notion of a Spaced remake is the sheer lack of respect that Granada/ Wonderland/Warner Bros have displayed in respectively selling out and appropriating our ideas without even letting us know.”

In the end the plug was pulled after a pilot was made. A few clips have since surfaced online such as the one below.


Dad’s Army – The Rear Guard

Not even Dad’s Army could escape the curse of the American reboots. In 1976, ABC created an American pilot starring Cliff Norton as Captain Nick Rosatti (Mainwaring) and Lou Jacobi as Sgt Max Raskin (Wilson). It followed the episode ‘The Deadly Attachment’ almost verbatum, accept that it changed a few exchanges, including Dad’s Army’s most famous exchange of them all, “Don’t tell him, Pike!” To “Don’t tell him, Henderson!” Oh dear. Needless to say, plans for a series ended there.

So, there you go! Proof, if proof were needed that sitcoms are born of a time and a place, a coming together of the right actors, the right writers and directors and the right cultural mood. These things can’t be recreated, and probably shouldn’t be attempted.

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