Jolly Well Done, Hugh CBE!

Friday, 5 January 2018

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HAPPY 2018, the year of SOUPY TWISTS!

Admittedly the book's delay does mean we'll hit shops not on the 30th anniversary of the ABOF&L pilot, which was on Boxing Day just passed, nor on the anniversary of the start of series 1, which will be on 13 January next year – but we will be equidistant between the two, and hopefully that will suffice. 

The hardest part of any author's job, however, is…


Friday, 22 December 2017

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I must admit, when posting last year's Xmas blog, I never expected to have to follow it up a year later, with further assurances of Stephen & Hugh's official story being in the offing. I'm a good boy, I am, and after over a year's hard composition, I delivered the manuscript in April, which means our heroes' story…

HORROR TWISTS: An Unprofessional Blog

Friday, 27 October 2017

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A very very happy Samhain Soupy Twists Friday to you gorgeous, supple ST-pledgers... IF YOU CAN!

This is a Halloween and Horror themed blog. It may not seem it just yet, but do hang around. No, this is not America, I know. But still.

Thank you for your continuing patience and faith as Fry & Laurie’s official 30th anniversary celebration chunters its way through the publishing system, en…

If You Have Ears...

Friday, 29 September 2017


Gorgeous Soupy Twists Fridays to all our lovely backers! 

Well, it really had been far beyond nigh on, hasn't it? I do try not to linger on the fact that right now, the plan was that copies of Soupy Twists would be in the offing, and all sorts of business would be going on to do with backer launch parties and, one would hope, bookshop events and such (if you'd like a Fry & Laurie-themed author…

Better To Be Sixty & Racy...

Thursday, 24 August 2017

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... Than sexist and racist! HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN JOHN FRY!

We're a day early for Soupy Twists Friday, but what a momentous day to mark – wherever you are, on whatever continent takes your fancy, we send all our deepest love and gratitude for all your help making Soupy Twists a (nadmittedly delayed) reality!

Talking of the book's development, we're teetering on a certain disaster…

Hugh Laurie's Face

Friday, 4 August 2017

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Happy Soupy Twists Friday, FAL-fans!

This isn't much of an update, but it had been bothering me for a while that this sketch wasn't online as a standalone piece, and to my mind, this is the funniest 38 seconds of wordless comedy in the entire history of funny things. Even without the punchline.

And all down to Hugh Laurie's face... and, admittedly a very amusing wig. In fact, I feel it deserves…


Friday, 28 July 2017

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Anyone seen a pithy, fascinating biography of Fry & Laurie anywhere...? Deborah Munnings...?

If you were to take a sky-diving course – and why wouldn't you? Life is dull enough – you would obviously be very keen to get out to feel the thermal currents filling your body with endorphins. But if your sky-diving instructor took a look at your parachute, and told the pilot they'd have to land…

Knickers Off Ready

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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Listen to me, lovelets...

It is now far more than nigh on 8 months since my pilgrimage to Hugh Laurie's Oxford, at which time I had no belief that I would be able to get as far out as Norwich, despite Stephen's Norfolk background, and there was plentymuch written about the county's metropolis in Soupy Twists.

Well, as you know, I delivered the completed ST manuscript back in the spring, but…

You Got It! (I don't think I have...?)*

Friday, 19 May 2017


I bring momentous news, which is very much of the moment. 

Today, Friday 19th May, the full manuscript of Soupy Twists, the official Fry & Laurie story, has been digitally posted over to the good people of Unbound for editing, fixing, and making into one of those books which I hear are very much not all the rage. What a birthday present for company co-founder John Mitchinson! And yet, the pain…

All My Life It's Been A Mystery...

Friday, 5 May 2017

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No, sorry, that's no way to impart information, is it? Let's begin again.

I'm very well aware that I promised the last update would be the penultimate before the handover of the Soupy Twists manuscript, but well, it's a dismal Friday, given the Local Election results, and any source of levity is welcome on a day like today. Despite the mammoth challenge I face preparing…

No Point Going At It Half-Cock...

Friday, 14 April 2017

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... Whereas, going at it full-cock is for me a lifetime's habit. Hello, a very warm Eostre to you, and welcome to what will almost certainly be the penultimate entry in our SOUPY TWISTS series of blogs, before the full draft manuscript is bicycled off to the Unbound experts in their Islington offices for editing, enjoying, and generally squeezing between chunks of paper.

Because, oh! but what a…

Soupy Red Nose Day!

Friday, 24 March 2017

As a special treat for pledgers, I've uploaded the two occasions on which our colleagues Stephen & Hugh manned the Gunge Tank on the first and third nights of Red Nose Day fun at TV Centre in 1989 and 1991 (Little & Large took over for 1989, which with the very best will in the world, gold-embossed and leaving all your money to amazing ponies, is no replacement).

The clips feature two victims,…

The Producer Said To Me...

Friday, 3 March 2017


Okay, wrong double act catchphrase, but I hope you'll forgive me for this mini-update: it's been a busy week of harvesting the memories and opinions of the two men who shepherded Stephen & Hugh through ABOF&L at the beginning and at the the end.

I'm indebted to Louis Barfe for putting me on to Roger Ordish, this lovely chap...

... Who has of course had to field many far less pleasant questions…

Well, I wouldn't suck it!

Friday, 24 February 2017


Now then, then, now, now, now, then now. Now then.

It has been a considerable number of hours since last this Shed was updated, so although there is no cataclysmic event to be detailed here, I just thought I'd fill in the faithful on what's been happening with Soupy Twists!

Despite Stephen popping by North-West Europe to hand out a few BAFTAs earlier in the month, and Hugh being over here doing…

Happy Friday 13th, If You'll Pardon The Pun*

Friday, 13 January 2017


Well, fusk the Friday 13th naysayers, what a truly remarkable anniversary today is, and how eerily lucky I am that I only happened to notice this due to reaching the first ever broadcast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie series 1 episode 1 in my Soupy Twists narrative yesterday.

Because it was 28 years ago to the superstitiously dodgy day, Friday 13th January 1989, 9pm on BBC2, that ABOF&L debuted …

Felicitations of the Gorging Season!

Thursday, 22 December 2016



Who's that at the door on a cold Christmas night? It could be a robin...?

I won't spoil the Xmas atmos by mentioning that cove who ended up a cropper on top of a hill in jolly arab land, but 2016 has been a remarkable year, so it would be remiss not to wish every last pledger to SOUPY TWISTS a very…

"Quite right, Oxford's a complete..."

Monday, 21 November 2016

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... Well, of course I wouldn't go that far, not by a long walk. My only previous experience of Oxford was a very brief stopover to watch Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden remember The Goodies about a decade ago, so my recent pilgrimage to Hugh Laurie's hometown really constituted my first experience of that fine historic city and its infamously dreaming spire collection. And it is a handsome…

Happy Hallowe'en (THIS *IS* AMERICA)!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

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I am actually IN America (The States) as the holiday comes around (so don't throw me out of a window, Stephen and Hugh), and sadly, with that reference, I've already used up the best Fry & Laurie video for Hallowe'en in the text above, but to celebrate us hitting a wonderful 111%, here…

HUGH LAURIE: Hollywood Star!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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Well, I was always painfully aware of what a truly extraordinary story I was telling here... but never moreso than on this spectacular day, as I sit on the coast of the opposite shining sea of the United Stated of America and watch the great and the good of Hollywood prostrated at Hugh Laurie's Union Jack socks, as his well-deserved star on the Hollywood Boulevard (fittingly just outside the British…

Since You Have Been Kind Enough Never To Be Peter Sissons...

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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Sirs and Madams, I am chastened and bowed – ever the men and women of affairs, you have reminded us all, ALL, of our duty.

A Fry & Laurie book for you.

This shed has become slightly derelict since the glorious surge over 100% that the dear colleagues Stephen & Hugh engineered for us all – this is largely due to the necessity of earning currency for living purposes, as this book is written entirely…


Wednesday, 7 September 2016


Ladies and gentlemen, bear with me, bear with me, don't stop bearing with me...

Soupy Twists, the official story of the sophisticated silliness of Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie, is now... ONE HUNDRED PERCENT FUNDED!


I cannot thank any of the kind, discerning, clever pledgers enough – and nor can Stephen or Hugh, because they're both on TV sets over in the western half of the USA right…

Cheer Oh, Cambridge! Plus PORKY BOY!

Friday, 26 August 2016

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Happy weekend eve, kind Stephen & Hugh-philes!

Biggest news first, the latter hero has admitted his participation in this project to the world:

... Five months after promising to do what he could to me in person – at the time, we didn't know this would be an Unbound book, so nobody thought so much early publicity would be necessary, so it is extraordinarily kind of him, and allowed…

69% funded!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

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SOUPY TWISTS is now 69% funded!

As that number obviously has no connotations of any kind, here's a Fry & Laurie sketch to celebrate: CONSENT https://new.vk.com/video7575647_163917896

I have mixed memories of performing this sketch for a Comic Relief show in 1999. With full approval from their agent Lorraine Hamilton, of course. I played the male silent client, and am no Robert Daws. Plus, it…

Archives & Endives*

Friday, 1 July 2016

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Dear "A Bit Offers", as literally nobody ever calls fans of Fry & Laurie,

Funding has slowed at 45% so everyone out there who wants this incredible laugh-packed celebration of Stephen & Hugh's careers in their stockings next year – please do keep spreading the word, tell anyone who loves quality British comedy, and any and all help is gratefully received! I've just been in touch with Stephen and…

BFI: Sale Now On

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

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It's coming up to nine or ten years – nigh very much on – since I first began writing books on comedy history, and yet, disgusting though the fact is, I've never been here before. It's taken the Fry & Laurie story to bring me to famed haunt of cultural historians the world over – the BFI. The BBC Written Archives have long been a second home, and I've seen many a mind-blowing rarity thanks to the…

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Publication date: Summer 2018
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