It seems odd to me to see Fry & Laurie in a sketch with the tailors from The Fast Show. I mean, intellectually I know the two shows overlapped in time, but somehow they occupy different universes, and The Fast Show happened after ABOFAL, even though it didn’t.
Anyway, before the fourth series of ABOFAL aired, they hosted the revival of Christmas Night With The Stars. Here are their linking bits from the show.
This looks like it was a good show to me, and there are some great moments in the clips above. According to Jem Roberts though, in his excellent book Soupy Twists!, some viewers were far from pleased, and Hugh himself says, “I don’t remember it being anything but an awkward mess.’
I’m having difficulty dating this clip. It’s probably from the shoot for series 3, which aired at the end of 1999. It might be from the show TV’s Greatest Hits, but this clip from that shows a different set, and Gaby is on her feet.
Before we get to Splott, let’s have a look at two wonderful interviews with Bob. The first is with Wogan, from 1984.
And the second is from 1993 with Danny Baker.
The show referred to as being weird and bad is Bob’s Your Uncle, a remake of the Dutch show Ron’s Honeymoon Quiz. Bob would rerecord topical jokes closer to transmission, and they would be edited into the show.
And now onto Splott. This clip speaks for itself, and, being from 1964, is very much of its time, though it’s interesting as a time capsule, and Bob always likes talking about his craft.