KYTV is the BBC comedy show which parodied Sky satellite television, which when it first started on Britain was pilloried for its cheapness and lack of content.
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Helen Atkinson Wood ...  Anna Daptor / ... 19 episodes, 1989-1993
Angus Deayton ...  Mike Channel / ... 19 episodes, 1989-1993
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ...  Martin Brown / ... 19 episodes, 1989-1993
Geoffrey Perkins Geoffrey Perkins ...  Mike Flex / ... 19 episodes, 1989-1993
Philip Pope Philip Pope ...  Continuity Announcer / ... 19 episodes, 1989-1993
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ...  Clifford Halliwell / ... 8 episodes, 1989-1993
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KYTV is the BBC comedy show which parodied Sky satellite television, which when it first started on Britain was pilloried for its cheapness and lack of content.

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A headlong chase for ratings at the expense of quality

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12 May 1989 (UK) See more »

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(19 episodes)

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Stereo

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A TV version of the 1980s radio series "Radio Active" which lampooned commercial radio stations. The characters from Radio Active moved to the then-new field of satellite TV. See more »

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Mike Flex: Of course, the buzz word of the sixties was "Mini". Women wore them, men drove them.
Anna Daptor: And women drove them as well, Mike.
Mike Flex: Yes, but not quite as well as the men. And like a woman, they were good to look at, and easy to handle.
Anna Daptor: Oh really? Well, mine was just like a man. It used to shoot off and stop immediately.
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We Could Laugh Then, We Can Only Cry Now
11 September 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

With its wall-to-wall soaps, crass quiz shows, tacky news coverage and brainless reality series, the launching of Rupert Murdoch's 'Sky T.V.' in 1988 led some commentators to gloomily predict the beginning of the end for British television. 'K.Y.T.V.' was a retaliatory strike against this new threat; by ridiculing Sky's output it hoped to stave off the tidal wave of 'dumbed down' dross. The first edition featured the striptease game 'Gettem Off!' and a pop show hosted by Ernie Wise and Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. A World War Two tribute had presenters who clearly had no idea what they were talking about, and reconstructions of famous wartime events done with shop window dummies. The series grew out of the Radio 4 comedy 'Radio Active' with the same cast reprising their roles. Funny though it was it failed to have the intended impact. Terrestrial television eventually decided 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em'. 'K.Y.T.V'. was British television's last scream of despair. Before the lunatics took over the asylum...


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