Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned
Stop-motion shots of the late Jeremy Beadle intersperse footage of his legendary hidden camera pranks in the title sequence of his best known show. Any expletives from unsuspecting victims got bleeped and speech-bubbled for a Saturday primetime slot. A heavily disguised Beadle would latterly interrupt the chaos.
Ben Elton Man From Auntie
The Benny Hill Show
1980 Thames Television
A comedy show which ran on Thames Television for twenty years, saw Benny Hill in the guise of many comic characters, in short sketches often involving slapstick and innuendo. Each episode ended with a 'Keystone Cops' style high speed chase, typically involving Hill and scantily clad women. Indeed, it was the portrayal of women as objects, being leered at by men in the show, that became a real cause of controversy by the 1980s. With growing criticism about it being old fashioned and sexist, Thames cancelled The Benny Hill Show in 1989, despite continued high ratings.
The Benny Hill Show
1982 Thames Television
The show was still going strong in 1982 and still as politically incorrect as ever.
Benidorm was written by Derren Litten (writer and actor of The Catherine Tate Show). The series was filmed in a real hotel complex in Benidorm and it's based around the Brits on what must be the longest Spanish package holiday in history! This hilarious show features a fantastic cast list, including Johnny Vegas and Steve Pemberton (of League of Gentlemen fame). It first aired in 2007, and in 2008 was nominated for a BAFTA.
The Best of Bobby Davro On The Box
Sketches and songs parodying programmes of the day from impressionists Bobby Davro and Jessica Martin.
Birds Of A Feather
Birds of a Feather ran from 1989 to 1998. The series was written by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran. Two sisters end up living together after their husbands are sent to prison. It starred Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph.
The Black Adder
1982 BBC Television
This is the title sequence to the original pilot, which has never been broadcast.
The Black Adder
1983 BBC Television
Written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, and set in the middle ages. The first series of Blackadder follows the exploits of Edmund (Rowan Atkinson), the unfavoured second son of the King and his attempts to win favour with his father. It was a highly ambitious project with much on location filming and a large cast.
1986 BBC Television
Set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Miranda Richardson), Blackadder II sees Edmund, Lord Blackadder as a member of the aristocracy, but still very much a scheming cynic, hindered by his servant Baldrick (Tony Robinson). For the second series, Ben Elton replaced Atkinson as a writer, and filming was entirely studio based.
Black Adder The Third
1987 BBC Television
Mr Edmund Blackadder serves as butler to the Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie) in Blackadder's third outing.
Blackadder's Christmas Carol
1988 BBC Television
A Christmas special, featuring Ebenezer Blackadder, a kind and generous man who becomes bitter and vengeful after a visit from the Spirit of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane).
Black Adder Goes Forth
1989 BBC Television
Despite some debate over whether the socio-political tragedy of WWI is appropriate sitcom material, this final series of Blackadder attracted wide acclaim for its incisive satirical dialogue and ultimate nod of respect to the fallen. Teachers of GCSE History would be hard-pressed not to at least reference the poignant final scene in which four main characters are powerless but to charge into the machine gun fire. Principle cast members Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, and Tim McInnerny each excel.
Stan (Richard Beckinsale) works for a small flower business in London. Bloomers centres on the day to day scrapes the workers got into doing odd jobs around town. The show was shelved before the end of the series, following the sudden death of Beckinsale from a heart attack.
Bob and Margaret
Animated comedy about a childless married couple as they struggle their way through mid-life.
1982 Yorkshire Television
The Bounder ran for just 2 series in 1982 and 1983. The series featured Peter Bowles as a fraudster just realeased from prison. It also starred George Cole, Rosalind Ayres and Isla Blair. The series was written by Eric Chappell. Notice how the ident was blended into the title sequence as was often the case with Yorkshires programmes at that time.
- 1991 BBC Television
Carla Laine's comedy set in 1980s Liverpool followed the Boswell family in their everyday adventures of living and loving.
These recordings are from 1987.
The British Comedy Awards
The Brittas Empire
1991 - 1997 BBC Television
Chris Barrie played Gordon Brittas, the manager of Whitbury Leisure Centre.
Animated comedy set in a South London school.
Sitcom following the ladish antics of Jacko, a cockney painter & decorator. The series, which ran from 1986 to 1991, was written by John Esmonde & Bob Larbey. It starred Karl Howman, Gary Waldhorn, Elizabeth Counsell, Mike Walling, Nicky Croydon & Howard Lew Lewis.
1978 - 1983 BBC Television
Carla Laine's sitcom about the Parkinson family. The series' title song "Love Is Like A Butterfly" was originally recorded by Dolly Parton.