Happy birthday to Ben Elton. I hope you will not object if I offer my most enthusiastic contrafibularities

Though largely an unknown name in the US, Ben Elton was a writer on two of the BBC’s best eighties comedies, The Young Ones and Blackadder. During this period he also wrote for Happy Families, starring The Young Ones, Adrian Edmondson, and Jennifer Saunders, later of Absolutely Fabulous, and reunited three fourths of The Young Ones cast in, Filthy Rich and Catflap (neither of which, have I seen…yet). In addition to his continued television writing and acting, Elton has also become a stand up comic, director of musicals, producer and successful and prolific novelist.

Full episodes of Filthy Rich and Claptrap are up on youtube. Time to binge


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