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The Fast Show 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1994–2014)
UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Paul Whitehouse ...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Charlie Higson ...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Arabella Weir ...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Simon Day Simon Day ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
John Thomson ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
Caroline Aherne ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
Mark Williams ...  Various Roles / ... 23 episodes, 1994-2000
Eryl Maynard ...  Various Roles / ... 21 episodes, 1994-2000
Paul Shearer Paul Shearer ...  Various Roles / ... 20 episodes, 1994-2000
Maria McErlane Maria McErlane ...  Various Roles / ... 15 episodes, 1996-2000
Colin McFarlane ...  Various Roles / ... 14 episodes, 1994-2000
Donna Ewin Donna Ewin ...  Chanel 9 Girl / ... 13 episodes, 1996-2000
Rory Jennings Rory Jennings ...  Toby / ... 11 episodes, 1996-2000
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UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brilliant! See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(25 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Redcar was used for scenes with the Brilliant Kid walking along the beach. Also Mark Williams appears in a caravan sketch near South Gare, with the steelworks in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: My word look at that sky! We'll have to work like demons to get it down. Look at the contrasts, the whites, the black... You lock me in the cellar and feed me pins! Pins! Pins! Ew!
Johnny's Wife: I think we'd better be getting home, now, Johnny.
Johnny: What's for tea, Mother? Maggots on Toast?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits of The Last Fast Show Ever, we see a montage of the characters. Brilliant Kid is seen walking through field and says "Ain't goodbyes brilliant? Well, bye!" The camera dramatically pulls away from brilliant kid. Dave Angel is seen walking a road and waves goodbye to the camera. Chris Jackson is seen being dragged away by a policeman and waves goodbye and makes a wanking gesture. Ted and Ralph are seen running through a field. Jesse is seen leaving his shed for the last time and putting up a sold sign. Jazz Club host Louie Balfour is seen banging on drums and is struck in the back with a arrow and killed. Swiss Toni is seen outside his car shop playing with the shop sign. Jesse is seen getting into a red car with a young woman and drives past Ted and Ralph whom are sitting on a gate and they wave goodbye at each other. See more »

Alternate Versions

Due to legal reasons, the Series 2 DVDs are missing the Fred Halibut sketches (which feature Mark Williams spoofing George Formby). However, a brief clip is retained in the Comedy Connections documentary on the Ultimate Collection box set. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.59 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Release Me
Written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams
Performed by Paul Whitehouse
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The good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments
22 February 2000 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

The Fast Show is a sketch show, and as most such animals it doesn't always work. Some jokes are brilliant, some a bit thin.

The most characteristic ingredient of the Fast Show are its repeated characters and their catch phrases, like the car salesman who compares everything to "making love to a beautiful woman", or the guy whose "...which was nice" is the pinnacle of his emotional reactions. This device is perhaps a little overplayed at times (and the English soccer international Chris Waddle will curse them for that, since he will be remembered for the rest of his life as the catch phrase of Channel 9) but when it works it is extremely effective. My personal favourites are Jazz Club, a terrific satire on late night toffee-nosed music programmes; and also the bloke (played by Paul Whitehouse) who has no opinion of his own and agrees to every argument put to him.

Although this review may look rather mixed, the shows are generally unmissable because the good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments.


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