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Naked Video

SCOTTISH COMEDY export leavened with two southerners when transferring from radio to TV. Birthplace of Rab C Nesbitt, the Baldy Man and, er, Siadwell the spotty Welsh teenager. GREGOR FISHER, ANDY GRAY, HELEN LEDERER, TONY ROPER, ELAINE C SMITH and JONATHAN WATSON were your regulars, recurringly augmented with JOHN SPARKES, RON BAIN, KATE DONNELLY and LOUISE BEATTIE.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I beg to disagree: Naked Video was very funny. Siadwell the Welsh loser and his pet wasp and his Llanelli terrier was very funny as he looked like the kind of boyo the local rugby team used as the ball. Also it gave birth to Rab C Nesbitt so had something going for it.

  2. gman

    June 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Looking back at it now, the only funny bits are Siadwell’s monologues, and nothing else

  3. David Smith

    June 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    The end credits for the latter series replaced the roaring Thatcher with John Major as a buck toothed mouse, I recall…

  4. Joanne Gray

    February 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Didn’t think much of Helen Lederer’s monologues, but the rest was very funny.

    • Glenn Aylett

      August 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Sometimes she was OK as the neurotic woman in the wine bar, but she was one of the weaker figures from the new wave of comedy. Latterly ended up in the notorious ITV celeb reality show Splash.

  5. fuz

    November 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Stuck strictly to the Eighties Sketch Show format: Gregor Fisher at the helm of the Outer Hebrides Broadcasting Corporation to introduce news-clip-of-Thatcher-as-punchline, genre parody song about two thirds in, three minute extended theme instrumental of quick visual gags in the middle somewhere. All grainily filmed to look like half three on a January afternoon, whatever the weather

  6. Pat

    January 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    It’s still worth a watch today, special mention to the Bullseye sketch which skewered the show 10+ years before Peter Kay did!

    • Ysthaf Gynghori

      July 23, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      I bet Naked Video did a funnier spoof of Bullseye than Peter Kay. He is almost as funny as piles.

  7. Richardpd

    April 16, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    From what I remember the Rab C Nesbitt sketches could get a bit more surreal than the series for the sake of a punchline, even though that was fairly loopy at the best of times.

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