08 March 2007

RIP John Inman

When I was younger, our local PBS station used to show the British sitcom, "Are You Being Served?" regularly, and I loved the show, not necessarily because it was all that funny, but more because it was British...Hard to explain that, except to say that like many Americans, I have an inexplicable fondness for BBC programming, in the same way that the British adore much of American television...The stuff we think is crap, or camp, the British eat it up, and likewise, dick and fart jokes just seem funnier to us Yanks when they're told with a British accent...

Anyways, "Are You Being Served?" certainly wasn't the greatest sitcom ever aired, but John Inman, as the flamboyant Mr. Humphries, was definitely the the strongest part of that show, and now he has died, at age 71, from Hepatitis A.


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