BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.
Popular BBC sketch show that introduces a whole host of memorable characters such as Tim-Nice-But-Dim, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, The Old Gits and teenagers Kevin and Perry. The show spawned a slew of spin-off series and films.
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Two early thirties best friends live together while having completely different personalities. While their girlfriends try to help them take on more responsibilities the boys seldom respond well and usually end up drinking together.
Hugely influential, surreal and anarchic parody of the variety show format. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce a selection of eccentric characters. The show often appears to be completely random, ramshackle and nonsensical.
Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »
The Fred Tomlinson Singers
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 »
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!
I think we'd better be getting home, now, Johnny.
What's for tea, Mother? Maggots on Toast?
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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 »
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 »
The good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments
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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