The Mary Whitehouse Experience

BBC Two (ended 1992)


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The Mary Whitehouse Experience

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Quick paced comedy sketch show based on the original radio series of the same name. In each episode comedians Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Rob Newman and David Baddiel would perform a selection of character based and monologue based sketches with a general irreverent and sometimes risqué style of humour that was aimed at the younger generations. It's title was a cheeky nod to the real Mary Whitehouse who was a sometimes over-active 'clean-up TV' campaigner during the latter half of the 20th century. Memorable characters (some of which spun off onto other series) included a man afflicted with a speech impediment which caused him to always talk sarcastically, a group of people who suffer from RSS (Restricted Seriousness Syndrome), A man with 101 uses for milk and none of them are pleasant and the infamous 'History Today' series whose elderly presenter and his regular guest relentlessly insult each other by describing horrible things and saying "That's you that is!".
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  • A cutting edge comedy

    I just love this show

    This was the show that set the trend for stand up and sketch comedy for the nineties.

    The days of mother in law jokes had gone as had the 80s and then this show came along (with a few others) and changed comedy to a more cynical style of comedy.

    With such classic characters as the Milky Milky man and History today.

    This show heralded the new wave of comedy and comedians.moreless
  • An interesting combination of satire and silliness

    This show originally started life on BBC Radio 1, and was a slightly more ascerbic take on life than "That Was The Week That Was" had been. From David Baddiel and Rob Newman's rants on life and girlfriends and the fact that "M Khan Is Bent", to Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis's "Mr Milky-Milky", there wasn't much in the show that didn't raise a wry smile or a total belly-laugh.

    And yes, they were right - Suzanne Charlton DID need to eat something!moreless