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Bushell on the Box

Another subtle statement on national identity from BlutoAS PART OF THE “hip”, “trendy” new ITV overnight schedules, on came a programme which featured STAN BOARDMAN, DUNCAN NORVELLE and BERNARD MANNING on a number of occasions. Once heralded by Select magazine as “the worst programme ever made”, each programme would be presented by the eponymous Bluto from his horrible stone clad house with a working bar in the living room, where he’d meet a series of stag night comedians, slag off everything on the BBC, and letch over a bunch of page three girls. It went on for 52 consecutive weeks as well. Unsurprisingly a Carlton production.



  1. Martin M

    November 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Were the phrases ‘Political correctnes gone mad’ and ‘What mugs we are!’ ever mentioned on this show much?

  2. Ken Shinn

    November 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Just makes me remember the marvellous lyric from Press Darlings…

    “If passion ain’t in fashion…BUSHELL! – is the best-dressed guy in towwwn…

    (muttered) – Yeah, the scruffy sod…”

    • Joanne Gray

      February 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      My God – another Ant fan. And a devoted one if you’re quoting lyrics from a B side. Nice one ūüėÉ

  3. EL Kerr

    November 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    The best bit was the segment involving a celebrity of the calibre of Buster Bloodvessel leaving a largely incomprehensible answering machine message of anti-Bushell badinage, whilst Garry feigned umbrage (‘bleedin sauce’)

  4. Lee James Turnock

    April 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    And then there was “Bushellcam”, where he switched on a camcorder and embarrassingly feigned a tantrum about something crap but innocuous, like the Vanessa Feltz show. Dear God…

  5. Applemask

    July 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I was on a school trip to the Globe Theatre once, and while passing through Hammersmith to Chelsea, our bus genuinely ended up trailing the Bushell for a mile or two. Everyone on the bus stood up to yell “WANKER” as one.

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