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    Father Ted

    Father Ted

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Father Ted is an Irish comedy about 3 parish priests living on Craggy Island - a remote island, off the Irish west coast. The main four characters are Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Father Dougal Maguire (Ardal O'Hanlan) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and their housekeeper (who just can't stop making tea) Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn). Ted was put on the island as a punishment for going on holiday to Las Vegas with money intended for a sick child - of course..."The money was just resting in his account"!moreless
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    The funniest improvisational show to hit UK (and later on US) screens. The show features four contestants playing games, with suggestions sometimes taken from the studio audience. The games include: Scenes From a Hat, Party Quirks, Hoedown, and Let's Make A Date. Whose Line is it Anyway? began as a radio show on BBC Radio 4 in 1987. It was moved to television a year later in 1988. Both shows were hosted by Clive Anderson. During the first season, the show featured one regular contestant (John Sessions) and three guest contestants. From the second season onward, the contestants rotated from episode to episode and have included Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Josie Lawrence, and Brad Sherwood, just to name a few. In 1998, episodes of the show were filmed in Hollywood to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. Episodes of the show were also filmed in New York in 1991 and 1992. Beginning in 1998, a US version of the show was made for the ABC Television Network. The original ran on Comedy Central for many years. On April 3, 2006, Whose Line returned to American television on BBC America. Whose Line is It Anyway? currently airs on BBC America in the US. It also airs on The Comedy Channel in Australia. Here is a list of some of the people who appeared on the radio show but never made it on the TV show: Lenny Henry Dawn French Nonny Williams Hugh Laurie Kate Robbins Colin Sell (music)moreless
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    Boyz Unlimited

    Boyz Unlimited

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Before Matt Lucas and David Walliams made the amazing series "Little Britain" they teamed up to create this 6 episode series that spoofed the whole "boy band" phenomenon. They had all the cliche' parts. The talented fat kid who of course would never be allowed on stage. The cute one, the even more cute one and the still even more cute one to make sure they got the attention of every pre-teen girl on the planet.moreless
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    Spaced

    Spaced

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    Channel 4 (ended 2001)
    Spaced is a sitcom like no other. The premise is simple enough: Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) are out of luck and love, so pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat together. Downstairs neighbour and eccentric painter Brian suspects someone's fibbing, and almost blows their cover with their lecherous lush of a landlady, Marsha. Fortunately he soon falls for Daisy's health-freak friend Twist, while Daisy herself goes ga-ga for pet dog Colin. Tim remains happily platonic with lifemate Mike; a sweet-at-heart guns 'n' ammo obsessive. The series is chock-full of pop culture references. In fact, each episode is themed after at least one movie, with nods to The Shining and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proving especially hilarious. Hardly five minutes goes by without a Star Wars reference, and every second of screen time from Bill Bailey as owner of the comic shop where Tim works is comedic gold. The look of the series is its other outstanding element, with slam-zooms, dizzying montages, and inspired lighting effects (often paying homage to the Evil Dead movies). It's an affectionate fantasy on the life of the twenty-something that's uncomfortably close to the truth. The second series finds the gang at 23 Meteor Street a little older, but definitely none the wiser. Tim's career is hampered by severe hang-ups over The Phantom Menace. Daisy's career is just plain non-existent. There is still a spark of sexual tension between them, but it's overshadowed by Brian and Twist getting it on. Propelling the seven-episode series arc is the threat of Marsha discovering that none of the relationships are what they seem, Mike's increasing jealousy and a new love interest for Tim. That's the basis for a never-ending stream of in-jokes and references that easily match the quality of the first series. Tim has a Return of the Jedi flashback, then déjà vu in reliving the end of The Empire Strikes Back. There are spoofs of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop, The Sixth Sense and comedy rival The Royle Family. There are guest spots from Bill Bailey, Peter (voice of Darth Maul) Serafinowicz and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Every episode is packed with highlights, but this series' guaranteed geek pant-wetting moments have to be the mock gun battles, slagging off Babylon 5 and learning that "The second rule of Robot Club is: no smoking." If you loved Shaun Of The Dead you'll love this.moreless
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    Smack the Pony

    Smack the Pony

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    Channel 4 (ended 2003)
    Welcome to the Smack The Pony guide at TV.com.

    Take the banal, the irrelevant and the downright silly, add a female perspective, pour in a hefty dose of comic timing, stir well, and what do you get? Smack the Pony. The team of Sally Phillips, Doon MacKichan and Fiona Allen play on women's neuroses (snogging, pubic hair and size of boobs, not necessarily in that order), their preoccupations (finding a man, finding a man and finding a man), their weaknesses (Marks & Spencer, fashion and men) and their competitiveness (more covert than that of the male of the species, and therefore far more deadly).

    The spoof dating agency clips take in the full range of stereotypes and unfailingly hit the spot. And the prize for the most surreal sketch goes to the one which sets that most bourgeois of institutions--the wedding list--in a sex shop, with the coup de grace: "Two butt plugs ... with love from Kathy and Edward".moreless
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    The Comic Strip Presents

    The Comic Strip Presents

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Broadcast history: C4 1982-1988 BBC2 1990-1993 C4 1998-2000 Running times are given in the production code field for episodes longer than 35 minutes.
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    Wyrd Sisters

    Wyrd Sisters

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    British animated movie based on Terry Pratchett's sixth Discworld novel.
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    Chelmsford 123

    Chelmsford 123

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    Channel 4 (ended 1990)
    Chelmsford 123 was a situation comedy produced for British Channel 4 television by Hat Trick Productions. It ran for two seasons, of six and seven episodes, in 1988 and 1990. The series was located in the British town of Chelmsford in 123 AD and concerned the comic power struggle between Roman governor Aulus Paulinus (Jimmy Mulville) and the British chieftain, Badvoc (Rory McGrath). Britain is cold and wet, and Aulus was given the Governor's job as a suitable punishment for accidentally insulting the Holy Roman Emperors' girlfriend. Aulus was a rather delicate Roman, who was usually outwitted by the scheming Badvoc, who hadn't had a haircut for twenty-five years. It was the first series from Hat Trick Productions who were set to become the most successful independent company making comedy and comedy-quiz-shows for British TV in the 1990s.moreless
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    Space Cadets

    Space Cadets

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    An insane, comedy quiz show played for fun without concern for the winner.

    The show featured Gregory Proops as the high commander with Bill Bailey and Craig Charles as his two captains. The space-age game show was set in a futuristic ship and was monitored by the super computer "Hal" (as Greg calls him). Each captain would have two guests on his team for every episode and they would try to prove who knew more sci-fi facts through a variety of ways including trivia, guessing what props were used in which movies, etc. The show ran for ten weeks and was a great opportunity for Greg to show off his game show host skills.moreless
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    Ant and Dec Unzipped

    Ant and Dec Unzipped

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    Ant and Dec Unzipped aired on channel 4 in the United Kingdom. It featured Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly in a variety of different sketches each week.

    The concentration was heavily on comedy, with the pranks and game-shows elements of the earlier programs the pair hosted dropped. The slightly later airtime, and perhaps the fact that one can take greater liberties on the less closely scrutinised C4, permitted the duo further opportunities to stray into areas of dubious taste, but their laddish charm - especially appealing to their core juvenile audience - meant that the material caused less offence than before. Sharp, and full of confidence, the pair played heavily on their Geordie backgrounds in their sketches and routines, and a basic ongoing storyline allowed the duo to segue into sketches and introduce different characters, including Tony Blunt, who always spoke his mind, and Mr Swaps, who seemed to collect everything.moreless
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    The 11 O'Clock Show

    The 11 O'Clock Show

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    A British sketch comedy featuring a faux news programme reporting on current events.
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    Paris (1994)

    Paris (1994)

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    Channel 4 (ended 1994)
    Alain Degout is a struggling artist in 1920s Paris, he's struggling because he's not actually very good.
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    Rory Bremner, Who Else?

    Rory Bremner, Who Else?

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    British sketch comedy show
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    The Jack Dee Show

    The Jack Dee Show

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    Channel 4 (ended 1994)
    The Jack Dee Show was an early showcase for comedian Jack Dee. Set in the fictional Bohemia Club, Jack would perform his stand up routines with a musical interlude provided by a different guest each week. The first series (minus the Christmas special) is currently available to watch via Youtube or the 4od website.moreless
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    Terry and Julian

    Terry and Julian

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    Channel 4 (ended 1992)
    Terry is an average heterosexual man living in a flat in Streatham. He advertises for a lodger and Julian, a flamboyant homosexual celebrity takes up the offer. Terry's ordinary life, and his relationship with girlfriend policewoman Rene, is soon disrupted.moreless
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    Jo Brand Through the Cakehole

    Jo Brand Through the Cakehole

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    Channel 4 (ended 1996)
    British sketch comedy show