Forgotten British comedy of the 80s and 90s

News 11 Sep 2008 - 16:27
The cast of KYTV

We celebrate four comedy shows that never seem to get the full credit and love they deserve...

British TV and radio has churned out many comedy classics over the past decades. But when Only Fools and Horses, Father Ted, The Office and such like always seem to get a namecheck, where’s the recognition for this little lot?

KYTV
It’s hard to categorise KYTV, although it’s best described as a very potent spoof of the incoming world of satellite television at the point it was broadcast. Make just as Sky and British Satellite Broadcasting were filling dishes and squariels with the cheapest programmes they could fill them with, KYTV ran for three series, and has proven to be a scary forerunner of what’s pumped out on the hundreds of cable and satellite channels today.

The show was written by Angus Deayton and late comedy supremo Geoffrey Perkins, and they also starred in it alongside Helen Atkinson-Wood, Michael Fenton-Stevens and Philip Pope. And among the highlight episodes? The KYTV Tellython (‘Brown nose day’) was superb, the Right To Reply (replete with channel chairman liberally slagging off his audience) spoof was grand, and the attempt to cover religious programming with Rabbi Rabbit showed it wasn’t afraid to push a little close to the edge. It could be sporadic stuff, but on its day, KYTV was superb comedy.

The first two series of KYTV, amazingly, did eventually make it to DVD, but the release of the third and final series seems lost in the ether somewhere. A pity.

If I Ruled The World

A panel comedy show that really didn’t last very long at all. Perhaps it was the political theme that killed it, but it was often very, very funny. The show was hosted by Clive Anderson, but the highlights were often team captains Jeremy Hardy and the quite brilliant Graeme Garden. They were set a variety of political challenges, which along with their guest team mates, they need to complete.

If we were to pick a favourite, then it would be Griff Rhys-Jones converting the lines of the song It’s Raining Men into a political speech, but then If I Ruled The World was full of great moments like that. Sadly, while easier-to-sell formats like They Think It’s All Over laboured on for many years past their sell-by date, If I Ruled The World never got the chance to mature.

Sadly, there seems little sign or little chance of a revival or DVD release.

Dear John
An absolute gem of a sitcom, and arguably the very best that John ‘Only Fools And Horses’ Sullivan wrote outside of his very biggest hit. The central concept was that the late, great Ralph Bates’ John Lacey, in coping with divorce from his wife, joins the 1-2-1 club, where he meets a series of people in similar positions to himself.

And it’s a great palette of characters that Sullivan creates. Lacey himself is a dry and resigned man, while Louise – played brilliantly by Rachel Bell – is keen to get to the bottom of everyone’s sexual problems. Ralph (the character) is the best DJ in the history of sitcoms, while Kirk is a tremendous livewire creation, who comes into his own at Mrs Boyd-Peters’ party. Let’s not overlook too Belinda Lang, in her pre-2.4 Children days, as Kate.

Dear John was a terrific show, sadly cut short by the tragic death of Bates, and Sullivan, for this writers’ money, has never really topped it. A shame that there’s no obvious DVD release on the horizon, leaving a video boxset the only way to legally watch it.

Knowing Me, Knowing You
It may seem at first to be a little odd to cite Alan Partridge in a list of forgotten comedies, not least because Steve Coogan’s most famous creation is frequently quoted and remembered. Yet not the Radio 4 series that started it all. In fact, to some it would appear that Partridge is a television-only character, who shot to fame in The Day Today and the television KMKY. Yet some of the radio shows were the very best that Coogan had to offer with Partridge, not least when he interviewed the child prodigy who ran intellectual rings around him (“Have you”, retorts Partridge, “got any pubic hair?”). Genius, and well worth digging out. The BBC has published the entire series on audio CD and tape.

 

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Both KYTV ( and Radio-Active) are great, especially the KY-Telly-Thon 'Brown Nose Day'.

Dead right on the radio series of Partridge. Quite brilliant. The bit where the guy dies on air and he fills for time by mentioning all the service stations listeners can pull in on to pay their respects is quite superb. "Drivers on the M4 may want to pull in at Chippenham, where if I'm not mistaken you'll find a Julie's Pantry." Comedy Gold.

How about the Glam Metal Detectives?

'Paul Merton - The Series' and 'Josie' ( starring Josie Lawrence ) both deserved longer runs. Merton's monologues from a tobacconist's stall ( 'there's a time tunnel at the back of my fridge!' ) were priceless.

Foolish me for leaving off Paul Merton The Series! This will be redressed in a future piece.

Most of the best comedy started on the radio,usually radio 4;KYTV was originally Radio Active,"Britains first national local radio station"
Also,I loved Dear John,and I'm still trying to erase the awful American remake from my memory!

Dear John was utter genius. Would gladly sell a reasonably close relative to own it on DVD. Why has it never been released?

What about Hot Metal, with the tabloid journalist flashing his bus pass and saying with complete authority "Her Majesty's Press"? It never showed up on a video, so I suppose DVD is out of the question. Roll on Total Download.

HELP... Trying to find a show that was aired in the 80's called Tales from /of the Krypt? that had a character called proffesor van da chloit in. He had a song in the show that was along the lines of.. Da chloit cabs are simply the best .. if you wanted to go to egypt to see marble slabs .. you know who to call Da chloit cabs. I cut the song short to save you. Any one have any ideas.

What was the name of that British comedy where a man found a time tunnel in London where we could go back and forth between the 1940's and the present, and he had a girlfriend/wife both in the 1940's and in present time?

Both KYTV ( and Radio-Active) are great, especially the KY-Telly-Thon 'Brown Nose Day'.

Dead right on the radio series of Partridge. Quite brilliant. The bit where the guy dies on air and he fills for time by mentioning all the service stations listeners can pull in on to pay their respects is quite superb. "Drivers on the M4 may want to pull in at Chippenham, where if I'm not mistaken you'll find a Julie's Pantry." Comedy Gold.

How about the Glam Metal Detectives?

'Paul Merton - The Series' and 'Josie' ( starring Josie Lawrence ) both deserved longer runs. Merton's monologues from a tobacconist's stall ( 'there's a time tunnel at the back of my fridge!' ) were priceless.

Foolish me for leaving off Paul Merton The Series! This will be redressed in a future piece.

Most of the best comedy started on the radio,usually radio 4;KYTV was originally Radio Active,"Britains first national local radio station"
Also,I loved Dear John,and I'm still trying to erase the awful American remake from my memory!

Dear John was utter genius. Would gladly sell a reasonably close relative to own it on DVD. Why has it never been released?

What about Hot Metal, with the tabloid journalist flashing his bus pass and saying with complete authority "Her Majesty's Press"? It never showed up on a video, so I suppose DVD is out of the question. Roll on Total Download.

HELP... Trying to find a show that was aired in the 80's called Tales from /of the Krypt? that had a character called proffesor van da chloit in. He had a song in the show that was along the lines of.. Da chloit cabs are simply the best .. if you wanted to go to egypt to see marble slabs .. you know who to call Da chloit cabs. I cut the song short to save you. Any one have any ideas.

What was the name of that British comedy where a man found a time tunnel in London where we could go back and forth between the 1940's and the present, and he had a girlfriend/wife both in the 1940's and in present time?

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وطرب  اغاني وطرب  
دردشة صوتية دردشة صوتيه 
دليل منتديات دليل
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موسوعة الاسرة موسوعة الاسره  مركز
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ابتسامات 
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دردشة بحرينية شات بحريني دردشة
بحرينية شات بحريني
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نسائية  نسائية 
ملابس نسائية ملابس نسائيه 
مجوهرات مجوهرات  مواقع
نسائية
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وتجميل  مكياج وتجميل 
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صور مشاهير صورة الفنانة  صور مشاهير صورة الفنانة 
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مواقع شعر مواقع شعر
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مواقع زواج مجانية عربية  مواقع زواج محانيه عربية   بلوتوث
ومقاطع بلوتوث ومقاطع  
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قصص قصص  قصص اطفال
قصص اطفال
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قصص واقعيه
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قصص جاسوسيه
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دردشة
كويتية شات كويتي 
دردشة كويتية شات كويتي   دردشة سعودية شات سعودي 
دردشة سعودية شات سعودي   دردشة قطرية شات قطري  
دردشة قطرية شات قطري  دردشة اماراتية شات اماراتي 
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شات عراقي دردشة عراقية  شات
عراقي دردشة عراقية
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عمانية شات عماني
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بحرينية شات بحريني
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مكتوبه قصايد مكتوبه
 
الاسرة المسلمة 
الاسرة المسلمة


موقع دردشة شات دردشه   
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موقع دردشة شات دردشه   
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موقع دردشة شات دردشه   
موقع دردشة شات دردشه   
منتديات موقع منتدى  
منتديات موقع منتدى


 Ù…نتديات موقع منتدى 
 Ù…نتديات موقع منتدى   
منتديات موقع منتدى  
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 Ù…نتديات موقع منتدى  
منتديات موقع منتدى 
شات صوتي دردشة صوتية 

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شات صوتي دردشة صوتية  
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دردشة صوتية
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شات
صوتي دردشة صوتية
  


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موقع الفنان  مواقع
انترنت  مواقع انترنت 
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السعوديه

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