Published: 15th November 2019
Kevin Bishop is a comedian, actor and dad. He’s appeared in lots of TV shows and films including Grange Hill, Star Stories, The Kevin Bishop Show, Porridge, The Rack Pack and of course Jim in Muppet Treasure Island.
Kevin will be voicing Buttons the mouse in Sky’s fairytale drama After Ever After this Chrtistmas….
He also appeared in a reboot of Porridge on BBC 1. He played Fletcher’s grandson, a cyber thief who gets caught ripping off bankers and sent to jail for 5 years. It was the original writers Dick Clemment and Ian Le Frenais (who also wrote Auf Weidersen Pet and the Likely Lads) and it was also called Porridge but that was the only resemblance to the original. Set in the modern day, it was quite contemporary yet still managed to have a lot of the old charm the original series had. Kevin was thrilled to be asked to play the role, as Porridge is his all time favourite sitcom.
The Rack Pack a movie on iPlayer about snooker in the 70s and 80s. I play sports promoter Barry Hearne.
Being a south London boy, I have spent my life walking the streets of London and getting to know it well. The first place I took my kids was the Tower of London. History and all things old is my thing and the Tower really is as old as it gets. It is steeped in gory spooky history, which the kids LOVE and the Beefeaters are more than helpful. The Tower took twenty years to build and has some bizarre history. It once housed an elephant that was given to the king as a gift.
Nobody knew what an elephant’s diet consisted of so they fed it cheese and wine. It went completely purple and died soon after. There was also a polar bear on a chain by the riverbank that lived on fish caught by itself from the Thames. They should bring this back for disgraced politicians and bankers as it would generate a lot of tourism.
Another favourite is Chislehurst Caves. Twenty two miles of caves dating back to the Roman times that became a mushroom farm. It’s totally haunted and was used as an air raid shelter during WW2. My grandmother was down there for a bit with my uncles and it’s brilliant for kids. I had my 18th birthday party down there which sadly you can’t do that anymore. It was the best party EVER!
I love the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. There’s tons of wildlife and the camping is exceptional. It can get a little busy in the summer months but it’s such a beautiful unspoilt bit of England that it’s worth the queues for clotted ice cream.
I also love Hever Castle in Kent for a day trip. The grounds are beautiful and there’s plenty of things for everyone to do. “Anne Boleyn’s Walk” is a delight for budding horticulturists and the rhododendrons date back hundreds of years. There’s a scented rose garden that properly stinks of roses.
I always eat at the Mangal Ocakbasi in Hackney. It’s my all time favourite restaurant that serves totally authentic Turkish food cooked over coals. The best thing about it is that it’s not expensive yet delivers fantastic taste. When I used to live in Hackney I ate there almost every day.
A perfect day out with the kids usually involves minimal queues as kids don’t understand queuing. It’s an art form you master as you get older but kids are rubbish at it. Every year I take my girls to Paultons Park in Hampshire. It’s a great theme park with some decent rollercoasters but doesn’t have the insane queues you find at Thorpe Park or Chessington. It feels like a theme park from an older time, which I love.
Peppa Pig World is also within the park so when my kids were into Peppa Pig it was a huge hit. My wife and I took it in turns to look after the kids whilst the other went on the rollercoasters. I usually find a nice hotel and make a weekend of it but it’s close enough to do it in a day.
Deal seafront (great penny arcades)
Duke of York’s Cinema in Brighton. The oldest cinema in the UK and usually a great selection of films. On early mornings at the weekend, you can take kids for two quid. Bargain!
I need to take the tube often but hate it so when I can I take the bus and sit on the top deck. The kids love it and from the elevated position you see the intricate London architecture you miss when you walk.
Don’t ever attempt to travel on the tube with a buggy during rush hour. I did it once and felt like I was in a scene from World War Z. People trampling over my children to get on the next tube and hissing at me as I attempted to mount the escalator. I completely understand their frustration and hated myself for my poor decision making. London transport is not a meandering floaty thing, it’s serious and stressful and brings out the worse in mankind. EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF!
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