2013

2013

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John Bishop’s Only Joking

Sky 1 & Sky 1 HD Comedy Series

10×30 mins

A stand-up comedy show that deals unashamedly in jokes and nothing but jokes.

In a thirty minute barrage of laughter John Bishop is joined in the studio by a host of comedians past, present and new including Jason Manford, Andi Osho, Tom O’Connor, Katherine Ryan, Jason Byrne, Stewart Francis, Jimmy Cricket, Rob Rouse and Jason Cook amongst others.

Meanwhile, cameras have travelled the length and breadth of the country to hear members of the public and celebrities alike tell us their funniest jokes. Throughout the series, we’ll hear from Robbie Williams, Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp, Warwick Davis, Robbie Savage, Davina McCall and many more.

 

John Bishop’s Only Joking is co-produced with Lola Entertainment.

 

2012

2012

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Hebburn

BBC Two Comedy Series

6×30 mins

 

Hebburn is a warm family sitcom created by Geordie stand up Jason Cook and co-written with Graham Duff.

Impetuous and ambitious Jack (Chris Ramsey) has left Tyneside for the bright lights and glamour of Manchester having secretly married a middle class Jewish girl, Sarah.  Now it’s about time he introduced her to his family in Hebburn.

 

 

Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) and Gina McKee play Jack’s parents, Joe and Pauline, who are devoted to their family and their hometown.  There’s fun-loving sister Vicki; Grandmother, Dot, who likes to keep everyone ‘up to speed’ on her bowel movements;  Vicki’s boyfriend Gervaise and her best friend, Denise and Jack’s old mates Ramsey (played by Cook) and Big Keith.

Jan Ravens and Phil Nice guest star as Sarah’s parents, Susan and Ben, who have to contend with their daughter marrying into a family from a very different background.

 

Co-produced with Baby Cow Productions.

 

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Eurogeddon

ITV4 Factual Entertainment

1×60 min June 2012

Eurogeddon: Why England Shouldn’t Win Euro 2012 is a satirical explanation of how terrible an England victory in a major football tournament would be. Hosted by Jason Manford and starred Johnny Vegas, Angelos Epithimou, Mark Watson, Rufus Hound, Stacey Solomon and Dr David Starkey.

 

2011

2011

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Lunch Monkeys Series Two

6x30min for BBC Three

Lunch Monkeys returns for an exciting new six part series on BBC Three. Focussed around the post room of personal injury law firm, Fox Cranford, the gang are back for more flirting, fighting and responsibility dodging.

2010

2010

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D.O.A.

BBC Three Comedy Pilot

Shot on location in Leeds, D.O.A. follows mismatched paramedic duo Tom (Kris Marshall) and Julie (Karen Taylor) on their first, rollercoaster, night shift together.

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John Bishop Live

Live DVD

Filmed live at The Liverpool Empire. His debut stand-up DVD shot straight to the top of the charts when it was released in November.

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Julian Clary Lord of the Mince

Live DVD

A celebration of his 25 years in the camp spotlight, how he got there and why he refuses to leave…

2009

2009

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Lunch Monkeys Series One

6x30min for BBC Three

Comedy set in a` no win no fee’ law firm focusing on the admin team staffed by young people fresh out of college and making their way in the world of work.  Written by former lawyer David Isaac and starred Nigel Havers, Sian Reeves, Steve John Shepherd and a group of talented young actors from the North West.

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Jason Manford Live at the Manchester Apollo

Live DVD
Filmed live at the Manchester Apollo during his sell out tour, Jason Manford showcases some of the freshest material on the circuit in this hotly anticipated debut stand up DVD.

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Three Wheeling

1 x 15mins ITV2
Sophisticated sitcom pilot starring Barunka O’Shaunessey, Gareth Tunley and John Hopkins.

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Hung Out

1x30min Comedy Lab for Channel 4

A talented team of actors with their director Sam Abrahams wrote this together and the naturalistic comedy reflects this.  Hung Out is about a group of friends who have moved from the Westcountry to London and the social pressures they face.

2008

2008

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Slaterwood

1x30min Comedy Lab for Channel 4

This vehicle for Bolton character comic Peter Slater featured a variety of sketches and spoofs including the B Movie Trailer Bang Out of Order, characters like the French Mystery Man, Bobby Gold and the frightening diner owner, Tex.

 

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Chelsey: OMG!

12 x 3 Episodes Bebo

Chelsey : OMG! is primarily set in London, England and follows the life of Chelsey Pucks a young American girl who lands a job in the world of fashion. By August 2009 the show had amassed approx 2,000,000 views.

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UXB

UXB is a female skewed sketch show starring Fiona Allen and based around the pre-occupations all women, and all men who know women, would fully understand.

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Mainstage

MAINSTAGE is a funny look at the music world through the eyes of TV’s top character comedians and sketch performers

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Sucka Fu Chicken Hed

An eccentric sketch comedy featuring an exciting new cast of comedy performers, written by Christian Azzola.

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Swizzcall

1x3omin Comedy Lab for Channel 4

A spoof of late night phone-in quiz shows, Swizzcall proved cult viewing and featured several emerging comic performers including Emma Fryer, Andrew Lawrence, Seymour Mace and Gary Morris and a cameo from Johnny Vegas.  `

 

2007

2007

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Jobs Jim Jeffries Shouldn’t Do

10 x shorts Paramount Comedy

Controversial Australian comedian Jim Jeffries showing us why he isn’t a professional sportsman, priest or gynecologist, amongst other things.

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Golf War

1 x 15min E4 Funny Cut

Simon Farnaby, Rich Fulcher, Matt Berry, Nina Conti and Hale from Hale and Pace star in this sitcom about two rival golf clubs.

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Lifeskills

1x15min for E4

Written by John Camm and Will Maclean this is a spoof of educational programmes and online videos aimed at young people – hosted by Chris Hannon and Lorna Watson with Emma Fryer, Katy Wix, Ruth Bratt, Sarah Solemani, Peter Slater, Michael Spicer and more.

 

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Where to Mate?

20x2min online sketches

This series of taxi bases sketches were written by Jason Wingard and David Isaac with Jason directing.  They featured Peter Slater and Irfan Nazir as Manchester cabbies who were joined by a range of guest passengers including Johnny Vegas, John Henshaw, Paula Wilcox and Seymour Mace.

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Mike Adams’ Academies

10x2min sketches for Paramount Comedy

Bolton character comic Peter Slater wrote and starred in this series of spoof infomercials.

2006

2006

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Snuff Box

BBC3 6×30 2006 Comedy.
Be preapaered to enter the unique world of Matt Berry & Rich Fulcher’s Snuff Box.
An unconventional ‘narrative’ sketch show from Mighty Bosh co-stars Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher set in a Gentlemen’s Club. The show follows the progress of two hangmen played by Matt and Rich as they scheme and plot against one another. The surreal nature of the series would have the couple travelling back in time or breaking out in song and dance. The series will air on BBC America in 2007.

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Modern Toss

Channel 4 6×30 2006 Comedy/Animation
Based on the comic book by Jon Link and Mick Bunnage. “The stink of excellence in a world gone tits up.”
Critically acclaimed mix of animation and live action based on the popular comic book created by Jon Link and Mick Bunnage. Most popular characters include, Mr Tourette, Alan, Drive By Abuser and a bloke who turns into a giant red monster when he sees Alan Titchmarsh. The Daily Telegraph called it;

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Blunder

6 X 30 MINS FOR E4/C4

Blunder is an ensemble sketch show featuring the best new character comedians in the country. The six strong cast is Rhys Thomas-Fast Show/Star Stories, Tom Meeten-Mighty Boosh, David Mitchell-Peep Show, Nina Conti – Bromwell High, Tony Way-Extras/Saxondale and Simon Farnaby-Spoons, Jam and Jersusalem.

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Reversal of Fortune

1×30 2006 Quiz show pilot, hosted by Eamonn Holmes
Quiz show where being last could be better than being first; the questions are also set in a unique way in this topsy turvey stripped show.

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Britcom Weekend

UKTV Gold 2006 3 6-hour themed nights about British comedy, hosted by Julian Clary
A Julian Clary hosted weekend celebrating the best of British sitcom for UKTV Gold. A mix of interviews, sketches and clips presented around the themes of Miserable Gits, Rule Britannia and Camp Comedy. The guests included John McCririck, Linda Robson, Andrew Sachs, Melvyn Hayes, Henning Wehn and Shahbaz Chaudry.

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Funny Cuts

E4 2×15 2006 Comedy/Entertainment, starring Henning Wehn & Jason Manford
Channel X produced two films for E4’s Funny Cuts strand: German Tourism featuring German stand up comedian Henning Wehn extolling the virtues of the Fatherland, while Modern Worries stars Mancunian stand up Jason Manford, who ponders whether the modern generation of men have gone soft.

Living With Two People…

1x30min pilot for BBC Three

Living With Two People You Like Individually, But Not As A Couple is a studio sitcom pilot for BBC Three and was written by Mark Watson.  It’s full title sums up the premise – a struggling young writer is forced to live with his financially successful brother and girlfriend, who are lovely on their own, but…

2005

2005

California Dreaming

Channel 4 7x 30 2005 Factual Entertainment/Reality Show for T4
In this seven part series, presented by Vernon Kay, five ambitious British showbiz wannabes are taken to Los Angles to see if they can try and ‘make it’ in the capital of showbiz. The five hopefuls – Hollyoaks star Jodi Albert, Ewen “Keith from The Office” Macintosh, presenters Giles Vickers Jones and Ashley Mulheron and singer/songwriter Anouska De Georgiou – were transformed by a series of stylists, PR’s and acting coaches, but could any of them break through in the competitive world of Hollywood showbiz?

Peter Kay – The Early Years

Paramount Comedy 1×30 2005 Archive Comedy
Unseen -’ before he was famous’ – interview footage of Britain’s favourite comedian filmed in his mum’s back yard.

Lucas and Walliams – The Early Years

Paramount Comedy 1×30 2005 Archive Comedy
This show, put together with Channel X owned archive, features rarely seen footage of the stars of Little Britain before they became the megastars they are today. We visit Matt Lucas on the set of Shooting Stars as he plays Mr T and Uncle Fester in two classic sketches and chat to Matt and Dave before they go on tour with Sir Bernard Chumley’s Gang Show.

Modern Toss Comedy Lab

C4 1×30 2005 Comedy/Animation
Unique hybrid of comedy and animation based on the cult comic of the same name created by Mick Bunnage and Jon Link.

2004

2004

Popetown

BBC3 10×30 2004 Animation Comedy
The most controversial animated comedy series ever made stars Matt Lucas, Bob Mortimer, Ruby Wax, Jerry Hall and Mackenzie Crook. Popetown is based the side-splittingly surreal world of the Vatican where the long suffering and good-hearted Father Nicholas struggles to walk the narrow path of righteousness, whilst surrounded by money grabbing cardinals and a pogo-stick-riding infantile pope. The show was banned by the BBC, but has been successful in Germany, Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand.

The Grill

Channel 4 10×30 2004 Comedy- Entertainment for T4
A studio based show set in LA hosted by Vernon Kay and Playboy Playmate Nikki Ziering (American Pie: The Wedding) . Each episode featured interviews with Hollywood based movie or music stars, freak show weirdos and comedy sketches in which Vernon and Nikki aped the lives of Madonna, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Catterick

BBC2/3 6×30 2004 Comedy Drama, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
A real time road trip comedy Catterick tells the story of brothers Chris and Carl who have not seen each other for 15 years. The series deal with the first three hours following their reunion.
The brothers go on a desperate mission in search of Carl’s estranged son but things do not go exactly to plan… On the way they are pursued by a murderer, are mistakenly wanted by the police and become involved with a hotel proprietor who is searching for a vital part of his anatomy.
The show’s co-stars read like a who’s who of British comedy talent; Mark Benton Morwenna Banks, Matt Lucas, Reece Shearsmith and Charlie Higson.

2003

2003

Shooting Stars Series 5

BBC2 10×30 2003 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
The award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson, Will Self and Johnny Vegas.

Stupid Punts

BBC3 19×30 2003 Panel Show, hosted by Patrick Kielty
Panel show based around the premise of wagering on unlikely bets. Each episode four celebrities would bet over a series of ridiculous, ludicrous but always funny situations. Which Chelsea Pensioner will talk longest about the war? How many celebrity wigs can Debbie McGee catch in a wind storm? What turns on a Star Trek fan more – a nude model or a picture of the Starship Enterprise?

The show was piloted by ABC in the states, aired as a sping break special for MTV in the US and was a ratings hit in Romania.

2002

2002

Shooting Stars Xmas Special

BBC2 1×40 2002 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
Christmas version of the award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson, Will Self and Johnny Vegas.

Date That

Five 13×30 2002 Dating Show
Dating format where five teenage girls from one sub-cultural groups are matched with five boys from another. Would there be love in the air or blood on the carpet when Goths from Folkstone spent the day with five model girls from Essex? Presnted by Abbie Eastwood.

Fanorama

E4 40×30 2002 Panel Show, featuring David Mitchell & Rhys Thomas
Pop culture panel show where two teams of fans are pitted against each . Contestants ranged from J-Lo junkies to Star Wars stalkers, Eminem enthusiasts to Monsters Inc maniacs. To prove their dedication they were put through 5 hilarious rounds. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman and later Lauren Laverne, and featuring David Mitchell and Rhys Thomas as team captains.

Origen’s Wake

Channel 4 1×15 2002 Animation
Channel X’s first foray into adult animation was written and produced by Waen Shepheard and is set in the north of England of the late 1970s. South Park meets Coronation Street.

Shooting Stars Series 4

BBC2 8×30 2002 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
The award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson, Will Self and Johnny Vegas.

2001

2001

Tales of Uplift and Moral Improvement

BBC Choice 13×15 2001 Comedy Drama
Rik Mayall starred as the narrator, Ffine Carmody, in this series of dark, twisted stories from the heart of Edwardian England. Driven by Ffine Carmody’s barely suppressed fascism, each story explores a particular moral dilemma faced by a child. Ffine Carmody’s sick take on life leads a fat girl to be drowned in sweets, a liar to starve to death and a bully to find himself chained up in an Afghan Jail. The series was written and created by Alex Kirk and Simon Messingham.

2000

2000

Head to Toe

BBC Choice 13×15 2000 Fashion/Factual Entertainment, presented by Sean Rowley
A style series looking at the social and cultural history of men’s clothing and aiming to build up the perfect gentlemen’s wardrobe, from head to toe!

Paul Zenon’s Trick or Treat

Channel 4 1×60 2000 Magic/Comedy
Magic special where comic street magician Zenon takes on a Halloween theme as he befuddles and amazes the people of Prague with a collection of outrageous tricks.
Like all the Channel X Zenon shows this was a strong international seller.

Vic Reeves Examines

UK Play 13×30 2000 Entertainment
A bizarre mix of chat show and performance art as comedy star Vic Reeves In allowed guests a rare opportunity to delve into his mind and examine the contents.. Guests were invited to talk about obscure subjects like ‘cutlery’ andin the process analyse Vic’s original art work, study relevant props and artefacts, and spend time with the studio rabbit. Guests included Johnny Vegas, Ricky Gervais and, Bill Oddie.

All Back To Mine Series 2

Channel 4 9×30 2000 Music/Factual Entertainment, presented by Sean Rowley

In this grown up music show DJ Sean Rowley (Guilty Pleasures) interviewed music celebrities – Desert Island Discs style – in their homes and dipped into their record collection to reveal the soundtrack to their lives. Celebrities featured in this series included Keith Allen, Gil Scott Heron, Lemmy from Motorhead, James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers fame, Shaznay Lewis (All Saints), Huey from Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Frankie Knuckles, Patrick Cox and Moby.
Like all the Channel X Zenon shows this was a strong international seller.

The Dave Saint Show

UK Play 13×30 2000 Entertainment
John Thomson starred as a past-it DJ and rock fan who presents the drive-time show on Stoke local radio. The series was written by Alex Kirk and Simon Messingham.

Celebrities The Truth

Sky One 2×60 2000 Gossip Show
Series that looked at famous ‘urban myths’ associated with big name stars and attempted to find the truth.

1999

1999

Paul Zenon’s Tricky Xmas

Channel 4 1×60 1999 Magic/Comedy
Street magician Paul Zenon hits a Christmas theme in this ratings hit. Scouting the night life of inner city Britain playing tricks on the unsuspecting public, Zenon found cards in walnuts, made tax discs jump through glass and created a snowstorm with one cigarette paper.

Comedy Café

ITV 25×30 1999 Comedy Magazine Show, presented by Mackenzie Crook
Magazine show devoted to the world of comedy, presented by Mackenzie-‘The Office’- Crook, in character as the dated comedian Charlie Cheese. Guests included Ricky Gervais, The Mighty Boosh, Ross Noble, Lee Mack, Omid Dhajli, Leigh Francis, Meera Syal, Iain Lee, Simon Pegg, Jessica Stephenson, Dave Gorman, Robin Ince and more…

Families At War

BBC1 8×45 1999 Saturday Night Entertainment with Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hosted family game show, where two familes compete against each other over a collection of bizarre challenges. The winning family then got to take control of the prize grabbing spider in the enormous Cubiscous at the end of the programme. Performances included a record breaking display of incredible strength, a bizarre ventriloquist act and a daring motorcycle stunt. Helping the family member’s display their skills each week were various celebrity guests

All Back To Mine Series 1

Channel 4 7×30 1999 Music/Factual Entertainment, presented by Sean Rowley
In this grown up music show DJ Sean Rowley (Guilty Pleasures) interviewed music celebrities – Desert Island Discs style – in their homes, dipping into their record collections to reveal the soundtrack to their lives. Celebrities featured in this series include Norman “Fatboy Slim” Cook, Pete Waterman, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Alan McGee, Grant Mitchell from Massive Attack, Sharleen Spiteri of Texas and Suede frontman Brett Anderson.

Turning Tricks – Easter Special

Channel 4 1×60 1999 Magic/Comedy starring Paul Zenon
First of three one hour Paul Zenon magic specials where the street magician trawled the streets of inner city Britain bamboozling, boozed up locals, playing tricks on kebab eaters and generally sending up the pomposity of post David Blaine magic shows.

1998

1998

Bang Bang, It’s Reeves & Mortimer

BBC2 6×30 1998 Sketch Comedy
A follow up to The Smell Of Reeves and Mortimer, new sketches were added in this series, including the recurring sketch ‘The Club’, a spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the ups and downs of Baron’s Night Club.

Barking

Channel 4 6×30 1998
Sketch Comedy, starring Mackenzie Crook, David Walliams, Omid Djalili, Peter Kay, Tony Way, Rhys Thomas, Catherine Tate, Simon Greenhall.
Late night show ensemble sketch show featuring up and coming character comedians, most of whom have gone on to become big stars.

The Cooler

Challenge TV 30×30 1998 Game show
Bizarre popular culture game show hosted by Donna Air which featured contestants racing against each other in adult baby walkers.

The Dolls’ House

Bravo 5×30 1998 Documentary
Ob-doc about four young women living together in one of the UK’s first web-cam houses. One of the girls, Mylene Klass went onto achieve fame as a pop singer.

Families at War

BBC1 1×45 1998 Saturday Night Entertainment with Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hosted family game show, where two familes compete against each other over a collection of bizarre challenges. The winning family then got to take control of the prize grabbing spider in the enormous Cubiscous at the end of the programme.

Food Fight

C5 13×301998 Panel Show
Food-based comedy panel show hosted by Andy Parsons with team captains Sara Cox and Henry Naylor, featured blindfolded food tasting, true or false round and milking a cow live in the studio.

Johnny Meets Madonna

Channel 4 1×60 1998 Interview
An exclusive interview with Madonna to coincide with her new LP and the first time she’d spoken in public since the birth of her daughter Lourdes. The interview is split into 3 parts, consisting of clips of Madonna’s music old & new, Channel X’s own take on the “Ray of Light” video with presenter Johnny Vaughan starring at various London locations, questions from the public, and candid chat about motherhood, horoscopes, moving to London & the identity of the world’s hottest lover.

Left Field

Bravo 5×120 1998 Sports Entertainment
Sports entertainment show hosted by Gail Porter and Paul Tonkinson. Featured oddball games, weird archive and interviews.

Turning Tricks with Paul Zenon

Channel 4 1×15 1998 Magic/Comedy
In Turning Tricks, street magician Paul Zenon trawls the night life of inner city Britain playing tricks on unsuspecting members of the public. Zenon finds cards in kebabs, baffles traffic wardens, makes real money out of blank paper and pushes a cigarette through a coin. Filmed on location in London, Blackpool, Manchester and Glasgow, Turning Tricks shows Zenon taking his magic out onto the street and drawing an audience wherever he goes.

1997

1997

The Best of The Last Resort

Channel 4 1×60 1997 Chat Show Compilation
Compilation of The Last Resort, talk show hosted by Jonathan Ross.

Shooting Stars Series 3

BBC2 8×30 1997 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
The award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson and Mark Lamarr. Shooting Stars was a twist on the traditional panel show, with features such as The Dove From Above, leg rubbing, bizarre film clips and UVAVU!

The Best Slices of Jo Brand through the Cakehole

Channel 4 3×30 1997 Comedy Compilation
A starring show for Jo Brand who incorporated many of her favourite topics (periods, gluttony, smoking, boozing, male inadequacy and male immaturity) into the routines and sketches. Top-name guest stars appeared throughout – including Steve Coogan, Alan Davies, Imelda Staunton and Maria McErlane.

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It’s Ulrika!

BBC2 1×45 1997 Comedy Show with Ulrika Jonsson
Following from the success of Shooting Stars, Ulrika Jonsson starred in this comedy-entertainment show written and produced by Reeves and Mortimer. It’s Ulrika! showed Jonsson impersonating celebrities (Cher, Dusty Springfield, Phil Collins, Anne Robinson, Anthea Turner and others) and appearing in a number of surreal sketches, supported by a strong cast that includes Vic and Bob, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Rhys Thomas and Charlie Higson.

Phil Kay Feels…

Channel 4 6×30 1997 Stand-up & Sketch Comedy
Unique comedy talent Phil Kay’s hyper-energetic, rapid fire delivery was used to full effect in this studio show in which Phil explored a different theme every week (Phil Kay feels ‘Natural’, ‘Technical’, ‘Lovely’, ‘Entertaining’, ‘Sporty’, ‘Wet’). Thw off the wall comedy was punctuated with audience participation and film clips were used to illustrate the points made by Phil.

Funny Business

ITV 87×30 1995-97 Comedy Magazine Show
First Jo Jo Smith and the Iain Coyle presented this comedy magazine show, that was a comprehensive weekly guide to the UK funny scene. Interviewees featured included, Lee Evans, Lee and Herring, Jo Brand, Joe Pasquale, Victoria Wood, Paul Kaye, Johnny Vegas, Harry Hill, Jack Dee and the League of Gentlemen.

1996

1996

Shooting Stars Xmas Special

BBC2 1×40 1996 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
Special festive one off of the award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson and Mark Lamarr. Shooting Stars was a twist on the traditional panel show, with features such as The Dove From Above, leg rubbing, bizarre film clips and UVAVU!

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Shooting Stars Series 2

BBC2 12×30 1996 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
The award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson and Mark Lamarr. Shooting Stars was a twist on the traditional panel show, with features such as The Dove From Above, leg rubbing, bizarre film clips and UVAVU!

Phobophilia

Channel 4 1×60 1996 Magic/Entertainment, starring Penn & Teller
A magic/comedy special starring Penn and Teller, based on the theme of fear.

1995

1995

Shooting Stars Xmas Special

BBC2 1×45 1995 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
One –off festive special of the award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson and Mark Lamarr. Shooting Stars was a twist on the traditional panel show, with features such as The Dove From Above, leg rubbing, bizarre film clips and UVAVU!

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Shooting Stars Series 1

BBC2 1995 7×30 Panel Show, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
The award-winning panel quiz show, hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer with support from Matt Lucas as scorer George Dawes, Ulrika Jonsson and Mark Lamarr. Shooting Stars was a twist on the traditional panel show, with features such as The Dove From Above, leg rubbing, bizarre film clips and UVAVU!

1994

1994

Alan Davies Live At the Lyric

Polygram 1×65 1994 Stand-up Comedy
An hour of stand up from Alan Davies, featuring observational comedy on Starsky and Hutch, the invisible man, no smoking flights and teenage years amongst other subjects.

Hypnosis

Channel 4 8×30 1994 Dance Music Show
Award winning dance music show; featuring profiles, interviews and a unique music mix throughout the whole show by a guest DJ every week.

Jo Brand through the Xmas Cakehole

Channel 4 1×45 1994 Stand-up & Sketch Comedy

A starring vehicle for Jo Brand who incorporated many of her favourite topics into the routines and sketches; periods, gluttony, smoking, boozing, male inadequacy and male immaturity. Top-name guest stars appeared throughout – including Steve Coogan, Alan Davies, Imelda Staunton and Maria McErlane. The show was jointly written by Brand and Jim Miller.

Jonathan Ross Presents…

Channel 41 3×30 1994 Interviews
Jonathan Ross tppk his chat show out of the studio and into the lives of the celebrities he wanted to interview, travelling to America to do so. The stars interviewed included David Copperfield, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, Hulk Hogan, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Chris Issak, Phil Collins, Johnny Depp, Tom Jones, Emma Thompson, Meat Loaf, Burt Reynolds and Cindy Crawford.

One for the Road

Channel 4 6×30 1994 Comedy Drama, with Alan Davies
Alan Davies starred in this spoof travelogue that charted the globetrotting adventures of timeshare salesman Simon Treat. Each episode was presented as a video-tape that Simon mailed back to England detailing his current exploits. The location shooting and performance by the likeable Davies neatly captured the flavour of the celebrity TV travelogues the series set out to lampoon, and it gained an added dimension via the device of presenting the stories as the product of a hand-held camera, complete with jump-cut editing.

The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer

BBC2 12×30 1993-94 Sketch Show
Switching from C4 to BBC2, Vic and Bob continued to mix anarchy and surrealism, much as before, delighting their loyal following. The studio-set featured the huge letters ‘R’ and ‘M’ and various columns, and once again there was a desk, from which the pair launched many of the skits. This series introduced new characters, including the bra-wearing men Pat Wright and Dave Arrowsmith; awful folk duo Mulligan and O’Hare; flatulent farceurs the Petomanes; and the Max Wall-ish Uncle Peter, played by Charlie Chuck. Among the many other highlights were occasional visits with Slade, the 1970s glam-rock group, brilliantly imitated by Reeves, Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and Mark Williams. It is regarded by many as the pinnacle of their TV work to date.

Jo Brand through the Cakehole

Channel 4 13×35 1993-94 Stand-up & Sketch Comedy
A starring show for Jo Brand who incorporated many of her favourite topics (periods, gluttony, smoking, boozing, male inadequacy and male immaturity) into the routines and sketches. Top-name guest stars appeared throughout – including Steve Coogan, Alan Davies, Imelda Staunton and Maria McErlane. The show was jointly written by Brand and Jim Miller.

1993

1993

Fabulous

Radio 5 52×105 1993 Comedy Radio Show
Comedy radio show, featuring Mark Lammar and Johnny Vaughan

Saturday Zoo

Channel 4 13×60 1993 Topical Humour, Celebrity Chat, Music and Sketches, presented by Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross and a guest host presided over this alternative variety show featuring a high proportion of comedy, including notable appearances by Steve Coogan, Mark Thomas and Denis Leary.

XYZ

BBC1 32×30 1993 Stripped Game show
Stripped game show.

The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller

Channel 4 6×30 1993 Magic Entertainment
American comedy/magic double act Penn and Teller brought their talents to British shores for the first time in The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller. They performed their shocking but funny tricks with the help of guest stars, which included John Cleese, Dawn French, Christopher Reeve, Alexei Sayle, Fiona Fullerton and Stephen Fry.

Sean’s Show

Channel 4 14×30 Sitcom, starring Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes, the youngest ever winner of the Perrier Award for best newcomer, wrote and starred in this sitcom which broke down the ‘fourth wall’, allowing Hughes to address the studio audience and discuss the sitcom world in which he lives. Hughes’ flat – in Chelsea, London – was the studio set in which most of the adventures occurred. In the first series serialised storylines revolved around his rocky relationship with girlfriend Susan. For the second series he was chasing a different woman, Lizzie, who worked with him at a garage. Manic ideas littered the scripts (there were appearances by God’s brother Shaw; a flatmate spider called Elvis; and Bosnian refugee television addicts) and the whole premise was whisked smoothly along by the amiable – albeit sometimes confused – Hughes.

1992

1992

Americana

Channel 4 3×60 1992 Documentary series, presented by Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross gave his own unique perspective on the US of A in these three documentaries: ‘Dumb’, in which Jonathan spent a lazy afternoon playing shuffleboard (in the nude) .‘Fat’, in which he looked at the importance of food to the American way of life featuring, the museums dedicated to hamburgers and Kentucky fried chicken, roadside cafes and naked waitresses; and ‘Rich’, where Ross explored the way some Americans make money, from the Exotic Dancers’ Hall of Fame in the Mojave Desert, via the drive-thru’ funeral parlour in Louisiana, to dressing up as a chicken for the corporate mascot training school.

Fantastic Facts

ITV 13×30 1992 Factual Entertainment, presented by Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross hosted this series which looked at strange but true stories from around the world, including sheep who faint.

And God Created Tenors

Channel 4 1×30 1992 Documentary for Without Walls strand
And God Created Tenors celebrated the lives and voices of the great 20th century tenors in film clips of Enrico Caruso, Richard Tauber, Gigli, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti (as a trio) and Domingo singing outside Covent Garden. Mario Lanza is seen in The Great Caruso and Sunday Night At The Palladium and his agent from 1957, Peter Prichard, describes his eating, drinking and daily life.

Jonathan Ross Meets Madonna

Channel 4 1×60 1992 Interview
Jonathan Ross interviews Madonna in this exclusive interview.

Hang The DJ

Channel 4 1×30 1992 Documentary about Radio 1
Documentary about BBC Radio 1 and it’s appalling roster of doddery dj’s.

A Word in Your Era

BBC2 8×30 1992 Panel Show, hosted by Rory McGrath
A Word In Your Era was a comedy panel show in which top talent are asked to become their favourite character from history and explain why they deserve to be immortal. Hosted by Rory McGrath, this show also featured future stars like Steve Coogan, Kathy Burke and Tony Slattery.

Seriously Seeking Sid

Channel 4 1×60 1992 Documentary about Sid James
This New Year’s day special was a search for the real Sid James: delving into his past career and his colourful sex life. Presented by Arthur Smith Seriously Seeking Sid included interviews with families, friends, colleagues, cabbies and bookies.

1991

1991

Tonight with Jonathan Ross

Channel 4 149×30 1991 Chat Show
Long running early evening talk show hosted by Jonathan Ross, featuring guests such as Danny Baker, Johnny B Badd, Jeremy Beadle, James Brown, Joan Collins, Robbie Coltrane, Henry Cooper, David Cronenberg, The Cure, Jamie Lee Curtis, Roger Daltrey, Jim Davidson, Jack Dee, Johnny Depp, Sheena Easton, Ade Edmondson, EMF, Robert ‘Freddy Krueger’ Englund, Erasure, Chris Eubank, John and Justin Fashanu, Jodie Foster, Michael J Fox, Sam Fox, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, David Hasselhoff, Audrey Hepburn, Bill Hicks, Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Hopper, Frankie Howard, Rod Hull and Emu, Vanilla Ice, Billy Idol, Chaka Kahn, Jonathan King, Lenny Kravitz, Mark Lamarr, Dennis Leary, Victor Lewis-Smith, Lennox Lewis, Joanna Lumley, Massice Attack, Spike Milligan, Paul Merton, Kylie Minogue, Dudley Moore, Morrissey, Demi Moore, Piers Morgan, Mike Myers, Naughty By Nature, Leslie Nielsen, Nirvana, Sinead O’Connor, Al Pacino, Public Enemy, Enoch Powell, Pauline Quirke, Vic and Bob, Vanessa Redgrave, Joan Rivers, Smokey Robinson, Linda Robson, Jim Rosenthal, Diana Ross, Kevin Rowland, Lily Savage, Adam Sandler, Seal, Shakespears Sister, Slash, Christian Slater, Tony Slattery, Spinal Tap, Freddie Starr, Peter Stringfellow, Janet Street-Porter, Chris Tarrant, Wesley Snipes, Meera Syal, Penn and Teller, Texas, The Temptations, They Might Be Giants, Glenn Tilbrook, Lily Tomlin, Tone Loc, Trev and Simon, Kathleen Turner, Midge Ure, Sir Peter Ustinov, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dennis Waterman, Paul Weller, Wet Wet Wet, Barry White, Robin Williams and Womack & Womack.

Viva Elvis

Channel 4 1×75 1991 Elvis Special, presented by Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross presented this documentary exploring the Elvis phenomenon and the hundreds of imitators it has spawned.

1990

1990

Chinese Ghost Story

Channel 4 6×30 1990
Jonathan Ross hosted Christmas collection of Chinese ghost stories.

Jonathan Ross Presents For One Night Only

Channel 4 3×45 & 1×60 1990-91 Jonathan Ross profiles filmmakers
In this series Ross celebrated the careers of filmmakers David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ari Kaurismaki, using interviews with the directors, as well as clips and comments from colleagues.

Vic Reeves Big Night Out

Channel 4 Series 1 and 2 ;14×30 1990 Comedy, starring Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s first series on TV was a refreshingly different and thoroughly original combination of surrealism and an obsession with the ridiculousness of outdated television variety shows, with the dapper host presiding over a procession of acts who could best be described as incompetently eccentric. Acts such as Graeme Lister, The Man With The Stick, Novelty Island, Talc and Turnips and Donald and Davy Stott are remembered to this day and have influenced many others who have followed in their comedy footsteps.

1989

1989

Son Of Incredibly Strange Film Show

Channel 4 6×45 1989 Jonathan Ross interviews cult movie figures
Jonathan Ross looked at some of the best low budget cult American cinema, in this cult series . Amongst others the show looked at creator of the zombie genre George A Romero, Tsui Hark and Steve Gordon and possibly the worst movie director ever Ed Wood Jr

One Hour with Jonathan Ross

Channel 4 15×60 1989 Chat Show
Jonathan Ross took the talk show formula a step further in this follow up series to the Last Resort. The show featured the quiz ‘Knock Down Ginger’ which introduced a host of new comedy talent including, Vic and Bob and Higson and Whitehouse.

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Set of Six

Channel 4 6×30 1989 Comedy Drama, starring Rowland Rivron
Roland Rivron stared in this series of individual mock-documentary sitcoms based around his Last Resort character, Dr Scrote and his five brothers (namely a boxer, a photographer, a gangster, a farmer and an MP). Shot on film and directed by veteran satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, the high production values of Set of Six were more than matched by the quality of the scriptwriting, which employed a laid-back and naturalistic approach to comedy that was quite distinctive at the time and a clear influence on later successes like Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.

1988

1988

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The Incredibly Strange Film Show

Channel 4 6×45 1988 Jonathan Ross interviews cult movie figures
Ross delved into his love of cult American cinema in this much loved series. Amongst the directors profiled in the show were Russ Meyer, Sam Raimi who directed the Evil Dead series and later went on to direct Spiderman, campy Ted V Mikels, “The Guru of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis, Ray Dennis ‘Cash Flagg’ Steckler and “Pope of Trash” John Waters.

Phew Rock n Roll

Channel 4 1×60 1988 Compilation of The Last Resort
Compilation of music elements in The Last Resort, talk show, hosted by Jonathan Ross.

1987

1987

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The Last Resort

Channel 4 50×45 1987-88 Chat Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross
The show that Channel X was created to make, The Last Resort was the first late night talk show to resemble the David Letterman/Jay Leno shows that dominate American late night schedules. Presented by Jonathan Ross, the show featured an extremely varied list of guests, which included Malcolm McLaren, Peter Cook, Mick McManus, Donny Osmond, Ray Davies, Boy George, Steve Martin, Tony Blackburn, Gary Glitter, Lenny Henry, Vivienne Westwood, Lulu, Dawn French, Tom Jones, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Sean Connery, Sting, George Harrison, Ben Elton, Mel Brooks, Roy Orbison, Bananarama, Rowan Atkinson, Harry Enfield, Meg Ryan, Paul McCartney, David Frost, Carrie Fisher, Spike Lee, Elton John and Bernard Manning.

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