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“Married life comes under the spotlight in BBC ONE’s new late night comedy showcasing the best of black British talent. Brace yourself for The Crouches!” So says the BBC press release about the new Autumn season on BBC ONE. And in the Press Pack (1.32 MB, PDF) it has a section on The Crouches; the upcoming new sitcom with a certain Danny John-Jules in the cast. In case you can’t be arsed downloading it, the following info is given:

Robbie Gee, Jo Martin, Rudolph Walker and Mona Hammond star in an upbeat, contemporary comedy series for BBC One which takes an intimate, yet humorous, view of the trials and tribulations of a family living in Walworth, south-east London.

Childhood sweethearts Roly Crouch (Robbie Gee) and Natalie (Jo Martin) have been married for 18 years. With two demanding teenagers, Aiden and Adele, plus live-in parents Langley (Rudolph Walker) and Sylvie (Mona Hammond), the pressure on the Crouch household sometimes reaches boiling point. Natalie’s best friend, Lindy, and Roly’s workmates, Bailey and Ed, all add to the fun.

The cast also includes: Akemnji Ndifornyen (from Dominic Savage’s award-winning 2002 drama, Out Of Control), Ony Uhiara (Waking The Dead, The Vice), Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels), Don Warrington (Manchild, Rising Damp), Llewella Gideon (The Real McCoy, Absolutely Fabulous) and Jimmy Akingbola (Roger Roger, Doctors).

Writer Ian Pattison is best known for creating and writing nine series of the multi-award-winning Rab C Nesbitt. The Crouches is directed by Nick Wood (award-winning director of Black Books, Kerching and Goodness Gracious Me), and produced by Stephen McCrum (Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps) and Carlton Dixon (Blouse And Skirt, The Real McCoy).

Of course, I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t also point out that Don Warrington excellently played Commander Binks in Holoship. And Carlton Dixon was Associate Producer on TMWRNJ, and was a bloody nice bloke at the recordings. It looks like Danny isn’t one of the main cast, but is still a regular. As we said when we first reported on this, let’s hope the show is good; BBC ONE desperately needs a good sitcom.

Next, t-shirt news! The Red Dwarf Shop UK has a new design avaliable to preorder now. Due to be released on the 31st July, it’s a plain black t-shirt with a small Red Dwarf logo on the front. It looks gorgeous (see a picture here), and what with this and the Skutter Concept design, Dwarf t-shirts seem to have taken a promising new direction. We’ll have reviews of the new designs soon.

And finally, the report on Memorabilia is indeed up, along with piccies of my ugly face, and Ian’s rather more attractive one. I’m afraid our promised new section has been postponed, but not for long. Poor little navbar. Never mind. Ian’s Newsround will be on Friday, and there will be a bumper content update on Sunday.

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