‘DANGEROUS’ late-night live psuedo-alternative comedy sketches from Nick Wilton, Helen Lederer, Steve Brown and Clive Mantle. Quite a big deal in its day, winning tons of awards and also one of the few of their own radio shows that the BBC actually managed to pick up for TV adaptation in the eighties. Upon which it became the terrible Hello Mum, and everyone tried to forget about everything to do with it.Read More
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TEXTBOOK pseudo-alternative deconstructionist-intro-festooned ‘anarchic’ sketch show from the pens of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, with joke-telling by Chris Barrie, Nick Maloney and Nick Wilton, and home to such favourites as Asso: Spanish Detective and a cutting satire on the antics of first year students. Quite a big deal in its day and bigged up in no small way by the music press, though it’s since faded unfairly into obscurity due to eclipsing status of a certain accidental spinoff from the running serial Dave Hollins: Space Cadet…Read More
GANGLING BRUMMIE rhyming raconteur turned Sun-bashing satire-peddling small screen chieftain JASPER “BOB DAVIES” CARROTT first cleared his throat as far as most of the country was concerned with ‘Funky Moped’ in 1975. Then it was but a deft flick of a newspaper cutting before televised concerts and one-off specials, characterised by the likes of The Nutter on the Bus, I’ve Got This Mole, Australian Durex (“I’d like to see his Christmas presents!”) and The Hangman Song, led to Carrott del Sol: a bizarre semi-improvised tale of package holiday hi-jinks co-starring Davros and Mr C off Hollyoaks. More substantial was …LIB, where, now comfortably settled on the Beeb, Jasp delivered topical material atop a chrome stool, while a loose rep of supporting players (including NICK WILTON, THE OBLIVION BOYS and DEBBIE “LES GIRLS” BISHOP) acted out sketches and stood in a line delivering headline-based gags to camera in a section at the beginning which never really worked. Regular whipping boys included Milton Keynes, The Sun, the Ronco corporation, “pseudo-intellectuals” in corduroy trousers, and, of course, the Reliant Robin. A long-running quest to find something bitingly satirical to say about John Selwyn Gummer came up with the line “John Selwyn Gummer… is a bummer!” Then after further gigging came …CONFIDENTIAL, much the same format but with two main differences: the opening credits consisted of Jasper walking through the corridors of TV Centre to his stool, bypassing various sight gags relating to the week’s news, while an old Status Quo record played in the background (weirdly, top pop Tory ELO’s Bev Bevan was “music consultant” on the show). There was also a parody of a current advert, usually consisting of the original ad with “hilarious” footage of Carrott edited in. In 1990 the show morphed into the less than sparkling Canned Carrott, with Punt and Dennis and iffy Sweeney parody The Detectives with Robert Powell. Jasp’s bit on the side, Celador, then hit the big time with Who Wants to be a Millionaire and he unsurprisingly buggered off into semi-retirement. Continued to essay forth, always unwisely, in everything from dire ad-based clip shows to “handicap friendly” sitcoms.Read More
“WATCH ME on the video,” went the wholly unrelated theme: not the best warning of what was to come, which wasn’t “me” or “video” but the likes of NICK “LIB” WILTON, FLOELLA “FIVE” BENJAMIN, JOANNA “THAT’S” MUNRO, ANDREW “CHIPS” SECOMBE and KATE “WIZ” COPSTICK doing gagz while ROBERT “DAEWOO” HARLEY was humerous alien Milton Keenze. Initially took prized 5.35pm slot on BBC2 before “graduating” to the big channel. Annoying clown mascot drove great VT desk during the titles. Unseen Digbyesque pet called “Tiny” also featured – or at least his eight foot water dish did.Read More
A BIZARRE ONE and no foolin’. Absolutely live late-night BBC2 effort wherein CLIVE “CASUALTY” MANTLE, NICK “FAST FORWARD” WILTON, HELEN “TOKEN WOMAN IN EVERY MID-80s COMIC TROUPE” LEDERER and ARNOLD “AND WHY NOT?” BROWN essayed topical gags, “sideways look at” sketches and “zany” antics to ever decreasing circle of viewers. Standard fare: SOUTH BANK SHOW pastiche profiling the life and times of…Sooty.Read More