Category: The Fast Show

  • Some Fast Show Clips
    Some Fast Show Clips

    The TV Weekly page in the Daily Mirror on the 24th September is titled Smashie Pens A Real Smasher. We’ll have a look at most of what’s on the page, just to get a sense of where TV comedy was at on the weekend before the first episode of The Fast Show aired. The write-up…

  • A Bit Of Bitesize. Nice
    A Bit Of Bitesize. Nice

    Here’s John Thompson doing a bit for Bitesize circa 1997, and helping those taking their exams with revision and whatnot. Really nice.

  • You Ain’t Seen Pils, Right
    You Ain’t Seen Pils, Right

    During an episode of the Harry Hill show on Channel 4 in 1998, something rather remarkable happened. The first part of the show ended, and the advert break began. Except it was an advert break with a bit of a difference. As reported on 23 July 1998 on the BBC News Site: The Fast Show’s…

  • We Wanna Be Together
    We Wanna Be Together

    I want to be a tree. It’s a fair bet that we’ve collectively forgotten all the things the people in the Prudential campaigns of the 1990s wanted … except perhaps the memorable, and brilliantly delivered, Mark Williams exhaltation. I didn’t realise, or more likely, had forgotten, that there was a follow to this advert, a…

  • The Real Rowley Birkin
    The Real Rowley Birkin

    It always amazes me how much of The League Of Gentlemen takes its inspiration from real life. Equally, The Fast Show. Rowley Birkin, for example, the drunk QC, is based on a man Paul Whitehouse met whilst fishing in Iceland. Here’s Paul Whitehouse on a rare appearance on a talk show, this one with Parkinson.

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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