From Matt’s twitter….




New suspect in the Beale case…???  Lol.  It would be great to see him on the square!

Or he could be a long lost friend of Max’s who shows up to pick up the slack while Jake Wood concentrates on Strictly Come Dancing :-D

Oh my god!  That would be fabulous!

I cannot see this because I am in the states.  If anyone can pull this off the website and post it so that Americans or people outside the UK can see it, I would greatly appreciate it.  Or send me a link so I can post it, thanks!

From Matt’s twitter….

New suspect in the Beale case…???  Lol.  It would be great to see him on the square!

Channel Four Television Corporation - Matt Berry interview re: Toast of London

Channel Four Television Corporation

10/20/2014 | Press release
Matt Berry interview re: Toast of London

Matt Berry is the co-writer, creator and star of Channel 4’s award-winning sitcom Toast of London, playing luxuriantly-moustachioed, professionally-frustrated thespian lothario Stephen Toast. Here, he discusses his inspiration for the series, the thrill of winning a coveted Golden Rose, and being shouted at in public.

Where did the idea for Toast of London originate?

I was looking for something to do for Channel 4 and I said I’d have a think about it a long time ago. Because of experience with doing lots of voiceovers, I thought that might be the place to start. Many things have happened to me while I’ve been doing that job. So I started with that idea, and then I added bits and toyed with what to do with it. And I had this other idea at the same time - it started off as just a title - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Theatre. It was about an actor, between that time when he wakes up, and about 6:30pm when he arrives at the theatre to go on stage. I thought of all the jeopardy that could happen to a performer within that time. And then I suddenly realised they could be the same idea - it had been staring at me all this time. So I fused both ideas together, and that’s how I came up with Steven Toast.

Is he a complete work of fiction, or is he based on anyone specific, or is he a composite of characters you’ve met over the years?

He’s based on a few older actors that I’ve worked with who I’ve encountered when I’ve been doing voiceovers or acting in general.

Having had the idea, why did you decide to bring [co-writer] Arthur Mathews on board?

I met Arthur in about 2005 on a thing I did called Snuff Box for the BBC. He was script editing on that, and he had some amazing ideas. I’d always wanted to work with him anyway, because he really interested me. Every single sketch that I liked he seemed to have written or been involved with. So there wasn’t anyone else in the frame, it was always going to be him. And then I worked with him again on a Radio 4 thing I did called I regress, on which he was again script editor. So he was the obvious person.

How does the writing process work? I gather that you are not only not in the same room, but often not in the same country.

We’re never in the same country. He’s in Dublin and I live in London, so it’s all done by correspondence. We email each other. I might have a rough idea at 4am, Toast joins the cast of a long-running play called The Moosetrap. So I’ll send that to Arthur, and at the same time he’ll have this other idea about him becoming the country’s greatest actor in high winds. So then you fuse them together and twist the plot in between the two or sometimes three main ideas that we have in each episode.

Is it important to have the same sense of humour as your writing partner, or should you be bringing different elements of humour into the script?

I don’t know about different kinds of humour. You should bring in different elements, you should have skills in all areas between you. You need to have the ability to plot properly, to tie things up, as well as create outrageous ideas and really funny situations.

Can you give any hints as to what fans can look forward to in the new series?

Toast gets buried alive in one episode. And he does a voiceover from inside the coffin. And he DOES join The Moosetrap. He meets Francis Bacon in another episode, and he rekindles an old flame, an actress. He joins Calendar Girls in another episode. And he does a bit of blow football in another one.

Michael Ball appeared as himself in the last series. Do you have any celebrity cameos in this one?

Well, yes we do, for example John Nettles and Steve Pemberton. But I can’t give away any more than that. I don’t want to give away too much.

And am I right in saying that we’ll see Clem Fandango out of the recording booth?

Yeah, I can reveal that is true.

Do you ever have people shout “Yes I can hear you, Clem Fandango” at you in the street?

They usually shout “Father!” [from The IT Crowd], and when they’re not shouting that, it’ll usually be something else from The IT Crowd. When it’s not that, it has started to be Clem Fandango, which I’m kind of happy about, because it’s ours.

You’ve done a lot of voiceover work in your career. What do voiceover people make of you now that you’ve lampooned them?

It’s a weird one, because it’s not really the people who work on the voiceovers, the sound engineers. They’re absolutely fine, and I totally respect what they do. It’s the creatives who are sat next to them. The ones from the advertising agency. That’s who I’m aiming at. And they just think that I’m taking the piss out of someone else. That’s what always happens. People never think they’re the person who’s being lampooned.

Steven Toast generally stumbles from one fairly crappy role or voiceover gig to another. What’s the worst job that you’ve had to do in your career?

Oh God, I’ve done telesales. It doesn’t get much lower than that, really. That’s the job I enjoyed the least. I was doing all kinds of things. I was telling people what the share price was of some Australian banks . It was awful.

On a happier note, Toast of London recently won a Golden Rose, which basically means it’s the best programme in the world. How did that feel?

It was fantastic. They had a lot to choose from, [the awards deal with TV from all over the world]. It’s a huge honour. There were some other really good things in the longlists and the shortlists, so it really was a huge honour for us.

Where is the award now?

I’m looking at it. It’s in my front room, underneath my telly.

Toast of London will air on Channel 4 in early November

Matt Berry - The Badger's Wake
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Below the frosted up roots, Below the green sand deep, Below the pond green woods, That’s where the badger’s do sleep…


From Matt’s twitter…

13s14 seconds ago

Toast Of London S2 begins Mon Nov 3rd 10:45pm repeated Fri nights 11pm


This was one of the first videos I made a couple of years ago.  Thought I’d bring it back.  Hurray for slow motion!

I did not do the artwork, but it definitely goes with this




My cat brought us a present today.  I have never seen a rabbit SO angry. 

****He was set free 10 minutes after being caught, photographed, and driven to a nearby field :)

"Fuckin cat thinks I’m a fuckin chew toy. Fuckin humans puttin me in a fuckin box with a fuckin carrot like its gonna make this WHOLE SITUATION SO MUCH FUCKIN BETTER! DO I LOOK LIKE BUGS BUNNY TO YOU, FUCKER?!?"

Why couldn’t you put the bunny back in the box?

Hey there! Do you happen to have any fresh links to the Summer Sun EP handy?
Binge Watchin’ TV Review: The IT Crowd
Oct. 16, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

The IT Crowd Graham Linehan Richard Ayoade Chris O'Dowd Katherine Parkinson Chris Morris Binge Watchin' Banner

Welcome to Binge Watchin,’ where we take a look at some of the best TV shows available on streaming or disc that have a great catalogue of seasons to jump into and get sucked into the beautiful bliss of binge watching! From crime, action, comedy, drama, animation, etc., we’ll be evaluating an assortment of shows that will hopefully serve as a gateway to your next binge experience.

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Series: The IT Crowd

Number of Seasons: 4 and a one-off special

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, DVD, Amazon Instant

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What’s the show about?

THE IT CROWD is a British sitcom set in Reynholm Industries, a fictional company located in London. The series follows three members of the company’s IT department: technicians Moss and Roy (a couple of “standard nerds”) and their “Relationship Manager” Jen, who (like most of the employees at Reynholm Industries) isn’t very knowledgeable when it comes to computers. The trio don’t think they always get the respect and recognition they deserve for their hard work, although Roy does try to do as little as possible since he despises the job. The trio usually find themselves in awkward situations, and many times it’s because of the antics of their intimidating and ridiculous boss Denholm Reynholm, and in later episodes, his son Douglas.

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Why should I watch it?

The reason why you should watch THE IT CROWD is very simple: it’s flippin’ hilarious. The series was written and created Graham Linehan, and if you’ve seen his FATHER TED or BLACK BOOKS (two other extremely amusing series), then you’ll know what to expect from THE IT CROWD.

When I saw the first season of THE IT CROWD, it was right when THE BIG BANG THEORY was about to debut, and I wasn’t surprised when people started to compare the two geek-centric shows. But while both series feature nerds, Moss and Roy are much more relatable than the gang on the CBS series. Moss lives with his Mum, and Roy doesn’t have the greatest luck with women. Moss doesn’t either, but the only time he shows any interest in the other sex is when he develops a crush on the company’s psychiatrist. The “geekiness” of the series also never goes so over-the-top it feels out of place, or forced. Moss and Roy’s office looks like an actually nerd work place, and not just a set filled with pop culture and comic book references.

All three main cast members (Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson) do fantastic work on the series, but it’s Ayoade’s uber nerd Moss who steals the show. Richard Ayoade is more known over here in the colonies for his directorial efforts (SUBMARINE, THE DOUBLE) than for his acting (THE WATCH), but he’s brilliant on THE IT CROWD. From the way he says, “Hello Jen!” to his explanation as to why he’s inside a claw machine (“I may be able to get an iPhone without giving any money to Apple! I’ll be living the dream!”) you can’t help but laugh at almost everything he does and says on the show.

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However, the series wouldn’t be the same or as good without Chris O’Dowd (BRIDESMAIDS, CALVARY) as Roy and Katherine Parkinson (PIRATE RADIO/THE BOAT THAT ROCKED) as Jen. (If you want proof, go find the leaked pilot for the U.S. version NBC almost picked up starring Ayoade, Joel McHale as Roy, Jessica St. Clair as Jen and Rocky Carroll as Denholm.)  Roy isn’t as socially inept as Moss, but he’s still a pretty big nerd who isn’t always super comfortable in social situations. Jen does a little better when dealing with people than both of them, but more often than not, will stick her foot in her mouth, or in one case, under the boot of one of Reynholm Industries’ Japanese business partners.

The three other actors who have recurring roles on the series are FOUR LIONS director and NATHAN BARLEY creator Chris Morris as Denholm Reynholm, Matt Berry (GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, SNUFF BOX) as his womanizing son Douglas, and Noel Fielding (THE MIGHTY BOOSH, NOEL FIELDING’S LUXURY COMEDY) as Richmond, a polite goth Jen discovers living in the server room at Reynholm Industries. Some fans didn’t like how Douglas kind of took over the later episodes, which is a fair argument. Douglas does have a bigger role on the series compared to Morris’ Denholm, but I don’t think him mingling more with the IT gang is a bad thing. The character is quite silly though, so your mileage may vary when it comes to Douglas Reynholm. 

THE IT CROWD doesn’t have a “will they or won’t they?” couple (like say THE OFFICE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or again, THE BIG BANG THEORY) with their characters, and to be honest, I think it’s one of the strengths of the show. Too often a couple like that ends up hurting a show more than it helps, but THE IT CROWD never forgets the most important thing for a sitcom is to be funny. And THE IT CROWD is very, very funny.

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Best Season:

THE IT CROWD is all about quality over quantity (25 episodes total; 6 per season plus the series finale special), and picking a best season isn’t an easy task. I know it sounds like a cop out, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with any episode or season of THE IT CROWD.

So I’m going to cheat a little here, and go with the first and fourth seasons. “The Haunting of Bill Crouse” and “50-50” from season one are two of my favorite episodes, and besides the introduction of Noel Fielding’s Richmond, the first season also features the most appearances by Chris Morris' Denholm Reynholm. I love Matt Berry's Douglas, but I have a huge soft spot for Mr. Morris.

As for the fourth season, the payoff joke at the end of “The Final Countdown” involving Ray and window washers is priceless, and even if you don’t know anything about Countdown, you’ll enjoy the exclusive club Moss joins after appearing on the British game show. “Jen the Fredo” might be the geekiest episode of the series, and there is just so much I love about the season four finale “Reynholm vs Reynholm.” I don’t want to spoil anything though, so all I’ll say is female Chekov, Goth 2 Boss and damp squid.

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Final Thoughts:

THE IT CROWD is just a flat-out funny and entertaining sitcom that is definitely worth checking out. With its fun characters, great performances and very solid writing, the replay value of the series is high, and you’ll want to rewatch it all over again as soon as you finish the last episode. And the next time someone’s computers isn’t working, I promise the only thing you’ll be thinking is “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” THE IT CROWD is one of my favorite comedy series of all time, so I’m sure during this review it has felt as if all I’m doing is talking about how awesome it is, but it really is that good. If you have a few hours to kill, I highly recommend you spend them with THE IT CROWD.

Extra Tidbit:Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding have worked together on seven different projects (THE MIGHTY BOOSH, GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, AD/BC: A ROCK OPERA, NATHAN BARLEY, THE IT CROWD, BUNNY AND THE BULL, NOEL FIELDING’S LUXURY COMEDY) and were on the same team for the 2010 and 2013 editions of Channel 4’s THE BIG FAT QUIZ OF THE YEAR.

Beef will be strutting his stuff very soon as House of Fools begins series 2 taping October 20.

Beef will be strutting his stuff very soon as House of Fools begins series 2 taping October 20.

From the House Of Fools Twitter page!  @VB_HouseofFools  House Of Fools is due to start taping at the end of October!

From the House Of Fools Twitter page!  @VB_HouseofFools  House Of Fools is due to start taping at the end of October!


Matt Berry - Toast of London


Matt Berry - Toast of London