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    Getting the Horne

    The BBC has put out a press release about Horne and Corden, calling it “most successful first series of a comedy on BBC Three”. The series attracted an average of 929,000 viewers – impressive but plenty of critics have been mean enough to point out that the audience dropped off rapidly, with nearly 1.4 million watching the first episode but less than half that – 675,000 – watching the last. The BBC feels it has a success on its hands (talks are “underway” for a second series) but the critics have been pretty much universally negative calling it crude and unfunny.

  • Kathy Burke at home. Pic by Teri Pengilley
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    From Waynetta to director

    She’s given up acting – much to the delight of Britain’s hottest comedy duo. The Independent Hanging in pride of place over the dining room table in Kathy Burke’s north London home is a still from the set of Nil by Mouth, the acclaimed domestic-violence drama for which she deservedly won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes film festival in 1997. But there’s a surprise. The photo depicts the film’s director, Gary Oldman, leaning over to whisper something to her co-star Ray Winstone. Burke is not in the picture. It’s an apt image. For Burke, one of our most adored actresses, is now far happier to be absent from…

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    New gig

    Kathy has been named as the director for a new BBC comedy sketch series with the working title Horne And Corden Have Come. According to a press release, the BBC Three show is “designed as a traditional comedy entertainment show in the style of Morecambe and Wise”. It will be consist of new comedy characters as well as performances in front of a live studio audience. The production company, Tiger Aspect, has a few sparse details about the series on its website. A fan site for one of the two stars – James Corden – has a lot more. And the BBC’s Newsbeat has an interview with the two about it. Of working with Kathy, they…