Category: Saturday Live

  • Loadsaharry

    Where did Harry Enfield come from? By that I mean, he mostly just seemed to arrive in the public conciousness in 1986, fully-formed, seemingly out of nowhere. He began writing gags for Week Ending, and moved to Spitting Image in 1985, where he was also doing voices. He was an impressionist on the live circuit,…

  • Loadsaclippings

    With its third series, Saturday Live moved nights and changed its name. Thus, Friday Night Live was heavily trailed on TV, but seemed to engage the newspapers much less than the previous two runs. So, for the most part, it was little box bits like this one, from the Aberdeen Press And Journal on the…

  • Oops Bit Of Policlips
    Oops Bit Of Policlips

    The second series of Saturday Live, which began on the 7th February 1987, saw a few changes. There was a new set, a new time slot, and Ben Elton became the permanent host. To mark the beginning of this new series, this gorgeous ad appeared in an edition of The Stage. How many Bens Elton…

  • Some Dangerous Clippings I Trust You’ll Agree
    Some Dangerous Clippings I Trust You’ll Agree

    A few weeks before Saturday Live went on air (and year after the pilot), The Stage was reporting some interesting things about it, not least the fact that Jasper Carrott was going to be a regular member of the cast. In the end, he only appeared in episode seven. Two days before the series proper…

  • Fry And Laurie’s Russia Plan
    Fry And Laurie’s Russia Plan

    Here’s Fry and Laurie, on an episode of Saturday Live, accompanied by Harry Enfield and Ben Elton.

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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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