It's not normally very British to blow your own trumpet (Matron!) however I wanted to do a little blog post as a round up of Carry On Blogging highlights in 2016. It's been quite a year and I've loved every minute of it!
I'm thrilled that the blog has now received nearly 300,000 page visits since I set it up in March 2015! November this year was the most visited month so far with over 38,000 views!
The blog Twitter account now has nearly 8000 followers and over 300 of your have "liked" my Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who tweets, follows, likes and comments - it's always great to hear from you!
I marked what would have been Kenneth Williams' 90th birthday in February with a special week of blog posts celebrating the life of the great man.
I have published a series of blogs covering each of Joan Sims' 24 Carry On performances, giving my own opinions on the roles she played.
I have started to publish a series of blogs covering each of Hattie Jacques' 14 Carry On performances.
I have started a project of blogs running through some of the lesser known Carry On supporting actors in an A - Z feature.
I have cast the net out far and wide for a range of guest blog posts to bring in different opinions on the Carry On films.
I got a sneak previous of Sarah Miller Walters' new book Joyce To The World
I visited the London Film Convention earlier in the Spring where I had the great pleasure of meeting Carry On actors Jacki Piper and Fenella Fielding. You can read about that here
One of the biggest developments this year has been the start of my Carry On Blogging interview series. So far I have interviewed several Carry On actors, authors and interesting folks connected to the series and British comedy:
- I interviewed the lovely Angela Douglas - you can read that here
- I caught up with the delightful Valerie Leon to discuss her new Forever Carrying On show - you can read that here
- I interviewed the wonderful Jacki Piper - you can read that here
- Carry On writer and historian Robert Ross answered my questions and celebrated twenty years since the publication of The Carry On Companion here
- I learned more about Steve Lilly's wonderful British comedy art work when I interviewed him - read that here
- I asked the brilliant Simon Sheridan all about his book Keeping The British End Up and the saucier side of British film comedy here
- I found out more about the fantastic Sid's Place blog in an interview with Stuart Ball - you can read that here
- I interviewed screen legend Fenella Fielding about her new audio book of memoirs - you can catch up with that here
- I published an interview with Odysseas from the superb Art and Hue, celebrating the best of British film and television in Pop Art! You can read that here
- I interviewed the lovely Louise who runs the fantastic Joan Hickson tribute Twitter account and you can read that here
- I interviewed the brilliant Craig Deeley and you can read that here
- I caught up with the fabulous Judy Matheson for a chat about Hammer Horror, Robin Askwith and all things Carry On and you can read that here
- I interviewed Stuart Morriss from the terrific Misty Moon Film Society and you can catch up with that one here
- You can read my blog interview with Peter Reed, Senior Producer at the BBC Radio station 4 Extra by clicking here
- I had the great pleasure of visiting Elstree Studios to meet and interview Morris Bright and I even got to sit at Sid's piano! You can read Part 1 and Part 2 by following these links.
- And I've also published a blog interview with the legendary actress Francoise Pascal
- In September I enjoyed a wonderful chat with the lovely Madeline Smith and you can read the blog interview of that encounter here
- I interviewed the brilliant film director and Carry On fan Jason Figgis and you can read that here
- I published a guest blog by Carry On fan Adam Endacott who is currently writing The Kenneth Williams Companion. You can read that here
- I interviewed Carry On Super Fans Robert Jervis Gibbons and Callum Phoenix about their love of the films and their stars. You can read that here and here
- I caught up with Please Sir! actor and author David Barry and you read all about that here
- I published a fantastic guest blog by Dr Laura Mayne on the relationship between two of the leading lights of Carry On - Producer Peter Rogers and writer Talbot Rothwell. You can read that here
- I interviewed Bless This House and Carry On star Sally Geeson and you can find that blog here
I most recently interviewed Carry On actress and all round entertainer Anita Harris about her time with the team making Carry On Follow That Camel and Carry On Doctor in 1967. You can read about that here
At the start of November I had the great privilege to catch up with the lovely Robin Le Mesurier, a true gentleman who answered my questions on life with his wonderful parents, Hattie Jacques and John Le Mesurier. You can read that interview here
And finally, I recently celebrated reaching 1000 blogs. I invited many of those who have contributed to Carry On Blogging over the past eighteen months to tell me what Carry On films mean to them. I was thrilled that so many people took part, including the likes of Fenella Fielding, Robert Ross, Sherrie Hewson, Jessie Wallace, Jacki Piper, Francoise Pascal, Angela Douglas and Madeline Smith. You can catch up with these special blogs here:
And there's plenty more to come! All being well I'll be blogging some more great interviews in the New Year.
A huge thanks to everyone who's kindly taken the time to answer all my questions - it has brightened many a day and been completely and utterly enjoyable.
Finally, a massive thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I only do this as a hobby and your kind comments and observations keep me going even when the chips are down and I think I'm too tired to Carry On!