• 1
    Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf

    Follow
    BBC Two
    3 Million Years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf Its crew: Dave Lister, the last crew member alive Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunkmate Cat, a humanoid, evolved from Lister's cat. Additional: The ship's crew has come across new members: Kryten, a series 4000 mechanoid rescued from the Nova 5 Navigation Officer Kristine Kochanski, from a parallel universe. I am Holly, the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000 (and rapidly decreasing). Message Ends. ========================== Welcome to the Red Dwarf guide. Enjoy the backstory and details of one of the best SF parodies ever created for TV.moreless
  • 2
    The Office (UK)

    The Office (UK)

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    "Trust, encouragement, reward, loyalty... satisfaction. That's what I'm..you know. Trust people and they'll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great." - David Brent.

    The Office tells a story of a few people working in a British office working hard to not lose their jobs. This hilarious comedy won a Golden Globe award for best comedy series. It was created by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant.

    David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a manager of low intelligence and has no sense of humor, but is convinced that he is the best, the most entertaining and the most well liked boss of all time.

    Today the show has been sold in more than 60 countries and it even had a remake in America. The Office is the first non-American show nominated in the category of best television musical or comedy for a Golden Globe Award; and Ricky Gervais was the first non-American actor nominated for the lead role in a television comedy for the same award. The Office won both awards and left Sex and the City & Matt LeBlanc empty handed.

    When the series aired the first season, they did not even know how popular it would get in some future episodes. The fact that its release on the DVD format proved to be the BBC's best selling comedy release shows its mass popularity and appeal.

    The writers at the start did not imagine that a second season would be created and after bowing to pressure to create one they would not do it again for a third. The show ended on a high note after two Christmas specials which tied up knots and rounded off wonderfully the first two seasons.

    Opening Theme Song: "Handbags and Gladrags" performed by Fin.

    WARNING: some episodes contain quotes with strong language.moreless
  • 3
    QI

    QI

    Follow
    BBC Two
    In today's world, the Information Age, there are a lot of things we don't know. What is life? What is consciousness? How did the universe begin and when will it end? As QI proves, we know a lot less about the universe, and even ourselves, than we previously thought. What colour is the universe? Beige. How many senses have you got? From nine to over twenty. How many moons does the Earth have? At least seven. Forget about the questions nobody has answers to. Immerse yourself in the Quite Interesting world of QI and never be bored again.moreless
  • 4
    Extras

    Extras

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Andy Millman has given up his day job to be an actor, but finds he just can't land the big parts. In fact he's never even had a speaking role, so spends much of his time hanging around on set with fellow extra and best friend Maggie Jacobs. Andy envies the A-list stars but never misses an opportunity to ingratiate himself with them, hoping it will lead to that first elusive line of dialogue.moreless
  • 5
    The Thick of It (UK)

    The Thick of It (UK)

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2012)
    Part scripted and part improvised, The Thick of It is a British satirical comedy that takes place inside the gritty world of Westminster politics.
  • 6
    Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

    Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

    Follow
    BBC Two
    Sitcom which follows the sex-fuelled lives of five early twentysomethings in the northern town of Runcorn, Manchester. Janet is going out with Jonny, his best friend Gaz has started to date Janet's best friend Donna, and student Louise just adds to the weird chaos with her annoying squeaky voice. Storylines follow the on/off relationships of the young protagonists who get themselves into the weirdest situations.moreless
  • 7
    I'm Alan Partridge

    I'm Alan Partridge

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Alan is a self-obsessed DJ who has had several TV jobs in the past (including chat show Knowing Me Knowing You) and has failed to bounce back from his long dead career. Each episode normally sees Alan resorting to embarrassing anecdotes, insulting someone without noticing and failing to revive his career. In Series One he lives in a motel after a divorce leaves him homeless.

    Between promotional films for Norwich firms and his early (3am!)radio show, we see Alan ineptly flirting with the receptionist and sneaking larger plates into the breakfast buffet. By Series Two he has 'upgraded' to a mobile home next to his partially built new home and can't avoid delaying the builders' work on the house with his pedantic requests.moreless
  • 8
    Hyperdrive

    Hyperdrive

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Sci-fi comedy (in the same vein as 'Red Dwarf') set in the year 2151 following the adventures of HMS Camden Lock as it looks after British interests in an ever-expanding galaxy. Nick Frost stars as Commander Michael Henderson tasked with, among other things, encouraging aliens to locate their businesses in Peterborough and to take their holidays in the Lake District. His mixed bag crew consists of brilliant tactician but borderline-psychopath First Officer York; Diplomatic Officer Chloe Teal who has a secret crush on Henderson; Technical Officer Jeffers who hates York and makes note on his mistakes; quiet Navigator Vine; and an Enhanced Human, Sandstrom, who pilots the ship.moreless
  • 9
    Saxondale

    Saxondale

    Follow
    BBC Two
    In this British-produced comedy, Steve Coogan plays Tommy Saxondale, an ex-roadie with anger management issues and a pest-control business. Tommy is a little arrogant, a little egotistical, and feels the world owes him more respect than it typically shows him. He has an assistant named Raymond who lives in a spare room in Tommy's house, a live-in girlfriend named Magz who owns a T-shirt business, and a receptionist named Vicky who has a tendency to drive him up the wall.moreless
  • 10
    Operation Good Guys

    Operation Good Guys

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2000)
    UK, BBC (Fugitive Group/BBC), Sitcom, colour, 1997 Starring: David Gillespie, Ray Burdis, Dominic Anciano A sparkling fly-on-the-wall documentary spoof, ostensibly covering a police action code-named 'Operation Good Guys'. The head of operations, DI Beach, has hand-picked his task squad from across the board, the team including his long-term sidekick DS Ash; armed-response expert Sgt de Sade; undercover drugs-squad man 'Bones'; deep undercover officer Gary Barwick; another undercover man, the 1960s-throwback and would-be rock musician 'Strings'; and naive new recruit Mark Kemp, who just happens to be the Commissioner's nephew. Beach has permitted a documentary unit to film every step of the operation, surmising that the successful outcome of the venture will reflect well upon him. But his faith is misplaced - the team is excruciatingly inept, bungling even the simplest of tasks and, embarrassingly, often embroiling famous faces in their foul-ups (including the Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman, and the businessman Victor Kiam, both of whom appeared in first-series episodes as themselves). The running joke at the start of the second series was that the squad hadn't been telegenic enough in the first and needed to sharpen up their act. They had also been demoted back into uniform following their all-too-public exposure. The third series saw the lads in ever more outrageous situations, the comedy venturing into areas of naked embarrassment - literally so in one edition, when the team were left to fend for themselves on a survival course. Peopled extensively by former alumnus of the Anna Scher acting school in London, Operation Good Guys was a marvellously inventive satire, overflowing with good ideas and memorable characters. Any thoughts that the initial premise might be too thin were dispelled by the creativity of the actors and the strength of the ongoing plot (which could have stood on its own without the fly-on-the-wall-film gimmick). The fact that the dialogue within the structured storylines was mainly improvised also added to the spontaneous, 'real-life' feel of the series. Executive producers Jim Beach and Geoffrey Perkins themselves turned up in episodes, Beach as the Commissioner, Perkins as the Head of Interpol. Production Details Written by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick Directed by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick Produced by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick 3 series, 19 episodes Transmitted: 1997-2000 TV Channel: BBC2 BBC Television Fugitive Group Productionsmoreless
  • 11
    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

    Follow
    BBC Two
    Unsympathetic to the precious pomposity of the rock and pop industry, 'Buzzcocks' takes a sledgehammer to the delicate egos of the biggest and most famous names in music - often whilst they are guests on the programme. The scathing wit of Mark Lamarr and later Simon Amstell, has literally caused guests to walk off the show. From 2009 to 2013, the show was presented by different guest hosts each week. In July 2014 it was announced that Rhod Gilbert would become the show's third regular host from the 28th series onwards. In 2013, the BBC aired a series called What a Load of Buzzcocks which is narrated by Blur's Alex James and looks at the best bits of a certain year of music including moments from 'Buzzcocks'.moreless
  • 12
    The Catherine Tate Show

    The Catherine Tate Show

    Follow
    BBC Two
    Meet Catherine Tate, the woman who gives a new name to comedy with her brand new show ironically named, The Catherine Tate Show. Featuring various hilarious characters including a lippy teenager named 'Lauren' and a rather rude Old Lady. The show managed to win several awards: 2004: Banff Rockie Award - Best Comedy 2004: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Newcomer 2006: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Actress 2006: RTS Television Award - Best Comedy Performance 2006: RTS Television Award - Best Entertainment 2007: National Television Award - Most Popular Comedy Programme the show was nominated for even more awards: 2004: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Actress 2004: RTS Television Award - Best Make Up Design in Entertainment and Non-Drama Productions 2005: BAFTA TV Award - Best New Writer 2005: BAFTA TV Award - Comedy Programme or Series Award 2005: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Actress 2005: British Comedy Award - People's Choice Award (Polled most votes but award not received) 2005: Emmy - Best Performance by an Actress 2006: BAFTA TV Award - Best Comedy Performance 2006: BAFTA TV Award - Best Comedy Programme or Series "production team" 2006: National Television Award - Most Popular Comedy Programme 2007: BAFTA TV Award - Best Comedy Programme 2007: BAFTA TV Award - Best Make Up & Hair Designmoreless
  • 13
    Mock the Week

    Mock the Week

    Follow
    BBC Two (Returning September 11, 2014)
    Mock the Week is a political comedy improv show from the producers of Whose Line Is It Anyway? The series features teams of comedians improvising sketches about current political events in a humorous and often satirical manner. Mock the Week stars Dara O Briain and currently features Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons with a different set of celebrity comic guests each week making up the panel. Former regular panelists were Rory Bremner, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Chris Addison.

    On 3 March 2013, a highlights show titled Mock the Week Looks Back At... began broadcasting and each episode showed highlights from the first 11 series of Mock the Week. Each episode contained clips of a specific category (for example the first episode featured highlights under the category health). In total there was 10 episodes broadcast and the series concluded on 19 May 2013.moreless
  • 14
    That Mitchell and Webb Look

    That Mitchell and Webb Look

    Follow
    BBC Two
    British sketch comedy gets a makeover in this BBC2 show. Comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb elicit laughs through a brilliant mix of mockumentaries, TV parodies, character sketches and more. In 2007, the first series won Best comedy programme or series at the BAFTA TV awards.moreless
  • 15
    The League of Gentlemen

    The League of Gentlemen

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Welcome to Royston Vasey, a small town in northern England inhabited by an odd bunch of people. Amongst the residents you will find Edward and Tubbs, who run the Local Shop; the toad-worshipping Denton family; Dr. Chinnery, the vet who tends to turn sick animals into dead ones; Pauline, the pen-obsessed Job Centre employee; butcher Hilary Briss, who has some very suspicious sausages; and the enigmatic Papa Lazarou.moreless
  • 16
    The Kumars at No. 42

    The Kumars at No. 42

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2006)
    This is a sitcom/talk show. The Kumars are an asian family who have their own talk show! Sanjeev Kumar, the host, talks to the guests while his family asks questions! Sanjeev who is a very big attention-seeker and keeps thinking he's such a handsome professional talk show host is a loser, really. His father, Ashwin, is the show's producer and is always interested in business and money. In interviews, he would say these pointless stories to the celebrities with no punchline. Sanjeev's mother, Madhuri, loves having guests around and always offers food. She usually asks questions about the guest's family or love life. But the real star of the show is Sushila, Sanjeev's gran who likes to ask cheeky questions and flirts with the handsome male guests. The Kumars had a No 1 single! With Gareth Gates that is. It was a cover of "Spirit in the sky". It was for Comic relief and was at number 1 for 3 weeks. Gareth did the singing while the Kumars commentate over it.moreless
  • 17
    Manchild

    Manchild

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    Manchild is a comedy drama series about four stylish and solvent middle-aged men determined to live life to the full, no matter what..." The show stars former Buffy regular Anthony Stewart Head along with Nigel Havers, Don Warrington and Ray Burdis, in what could only be described as the male version of Sex and the City.
    Two of the four near/post 50 year old men are divorced men (Head and Havers), one never married (Warrington), and one is still married (Burdis). Head and Havers like playing the field (though Head has a problem crop up very early on) and Burdis likes being married, but is still interested in women.moreless
  • 18
    People Like Us

    People Like Us

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Documentary-maker Roy Mallard makes fly-on-the-wall films about Britain’s unsung professionals - 'people like us'. The fact that he's not too sensitive to the mood of the people he interviews, is linguistically challenged and struggles to blend into the background mean he more often that not, brings out the more ridiculous aspects of his subjects' character.moreless
  • 19
    Big Train

    Big Train

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Before and after Father Ted, Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews had been sketch show writers; contributing to the likes of Spitting Image, The Day Today and the Friday and Saturday Night Armistice. Big Train picked up on the surrealism found in their earlier work. From the World Stare-Out Championship to herds of wild jockeys being hunted by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, from show jumping firefighters to the most erratic 100m runner ever seen, the show broke new ground, was much imitated and, arguably, launched the careers of Simon Pegg, Catherine Tate, Mark Heap and Amelia Bullmore.moreless
  • 20
    Rex The Runt

    Rex The Runt

    Follow
    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the Rex the Runt guide.
  • < 1 2