The Catherine Tate Show
A sketch show created by Catherine Tate and Derren Litten, The Catherine Tate Show features a multitude of characters including, argumentative teenage girl Lauren Cooper, foul mouthed grandmother 'Nan' Taylor, and Janice and Ray, a northern couple disgusted by multicultural Britain.
The Catherine Tate Show
These are the opening titles from series 2. Ms Tate also brought us such sayings as "How very dare you" and "Who dear? Me Dear? Gay, Dear? No, dear!" and the often uttered by school kids across the country - "Am i bovvered?".
Catherine Tate studied at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she met Litten and their writing and acting careers started. After 3 series she starred in a number of one off specials including a sketch with Tony Blair and performing in front (and taking the mickey out of) The Queen, no less at the Royal Variety Performance. She has now moved onto playing Donna Noble in Doctor Who.
Candid Camera Classics
Created by improbably named American producer Allen Funt, Candid Camera used hidden cameras to set up members of the public by putting them in ridiculous situations, often using trick props. When the joke was revealed, they were greeted with the immortal words 'Smile, you're on Candid Camera!' Making its way onto our screens in the 1960s, the British version of Candid Camera was fronted by Bob Monkhouse. It returned in the 1970s hosted by Peter Dulay. Candid Camera was the inspiration for more recent shows such as Just For Laughs, Trigger Happy TV, Punk'd and Beadle's About.
Cannon and Ball
1982 BBC Television
Carrott's Lib was Jasper Carrott's first major series with the BBC which ran from 1982 to 1983. This is the very first programme from 2nd October 1982 and features no title sequence what so ever!
Carry On Laughing
ATV's attempt in 1975 to transfer Carry On to the small screen. Numerous stars from the Carry On movies including Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, Kenneth Connor and Barbara Windsor, made guest appearances in the 13 episodes produced between 1975 and 1976.
Leslie Phillips (who else?) stars in this short lived BBC1 sitcom about the dealings of Henry Newhouse ("casa nova" literally meaning "New house " in Italian) and was basically a bedroom farce in tv format. Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, it was famously swapped places with Mastermind, which was a late night quiz at the time. Casanova disappeared after a while, while Mastermind found a whole new audience and became a huge success.
1978 BBC Television
"Power to the People!" Robert Linsday starred as Wolfie Smith - workshy revolutionary and leader of the Tooting Popular Front. Other characters included Wolfie's girlfriend Shirley (Cheryl Hall), her parents (Peter Vaughan and Hilda Braid) and his friends Ken (Mike Grady), Tucker (Tony Millan) and Speed (George Sweeney). Following a sucessful pilot episode in 1977, four series and a further 30 episodes were produced, including a Christmas Special, between 1978 and 1980.
1988 BBC Television
An extremely short-sighted removal man is hired to clear an upper class residence. While haphazardly attending to the task, he chances his luck in proposing to the maid and they soon move into an inherited country cottage for a chaste trial relationship. Ronnie Barker's last sitcom prior to retiring from TV (aged 58) is set in 1937. It reunited him with His Lordship Entertains co-star Josephine Tewson.
Kate Swift (Joanna Lumley) attempts to regain the fortune which her husband had swindled her out of before he was murdered, with the help of ex jailbird Gloria O'Grady (Nadine Garner), and journalist Jack Booker (John Bowe).
Come Back Mrs Noah
1977 - 1978 BBC Television
Sugden starred in this short-lived sitcom set in a space ship.
The centrepiece of 1988 - the original TV spectacular - was the sketch show "73 of a Kind". Apart from Henry, Rhys Jones, Ross, French, Saunders, Enfield et al, it featured at least 73 stars, everyone ranging from Sue Cook, Valerie Singleton, Phillip Schofield and Nick Ross, to Geoffrey Palmer, Penelope Keith, Ralph Bates and Martin Shaw, plus Kenny Everett, Tony Robinson, Celia Imrie and Gorden Kaye. Even Melvyn Bragg made an appearance as himself, in a South Bank Show spoof guest starring Timothy Spall as a pissed-artist.
Twelve months on and we're doing it all again!
Comic Relief 3 - "The Stonker"
1986 BBC Television
After a number of years on the cabaret circuit, the very talented Phil Cool was given his own series by the BBC in 1985. This was followed with another in 1986 and just one more in 1988.
A satire of inner-city life in London made by Spitting Image Productions, Crapston Villas stars foul mouthed plasticine characters living in a squalid apartment block. Written by Sarah Ann Kennedy, and featuring the vocal talents of some of Britain's best known actors and comedians, including Morwenna Banks, Alistair McGowan, John Thomson, Alison Steadman and Felix Dexter.