The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
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Bollo is deadly ill and when the grim reaper comes to take him to hell, Howard is in Bollo's cage in a gorilla suit. So the grim reaper takes him instead.


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Episode credited cast:
Julian Barratt ... Howard Moon / Mr. Susan
Noel Fielding ... Vince Noir / Phil the Reaper
Rich Fulcher ... Bob Fossil / Colin / The Ape of Death
Michael Fielding ... Naboo
Peter Elliott ... Bollo
Peter Kyriacou Peter Kyriacou ... Pete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Mitchell Dean Mitchell ... Zoo Keeper


Bollo, the gorilla, is deadly ill and Vince is taking care of him. The zoo doesn't have another gorilla for the moment so Bob convinces Howard to dress up like one. While Howard is acting like a gorilla the grim reaper comes to take Bollo to hell. The Grim Reaper believes that Howard is Bollo because of his costume so he takes Howard to hell instead. So now it's up to Vince to save him from ape hell. Written by Westerleb

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1 June 2004 (UK) See more »

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When Vince falls into the mirror at Naboo's place, as the mirror ripples you can see bits of bright blue, revealing that it was a blue-screen shot. See more »


Vince Noir: He asked me to play Blue Train by John Coltrane at his funeral. I couldn't really find that. Sorry Howard. But I found another song about a train.
[Pipe organ plays Thomas the Tank Engine theme.]
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References Hamlet (1996) See more »


Ape of Death
Written by Julian Barratt
Performed by Julian Barratt, Rich Fulcher, and Noel Fielding
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Better than 8
29 May 2018 | by wcpomSee all my reviews

I only awarded this episode 8 stars, but in many ways it was worth more than that and the incredible heavy metal song, about the monkey's great hair, was really worth 10 stars.

Much of the episode was really a build up to the monkey song. But the Grim Reaper taxi drivers were great and the recurring gag about the fox, who had allegedly been interfered with, was good too.

I missed The Mighty Boosh back in the day, the previews made it look a bit too weird for me. But I have become a big fan of Noel Fielding over the years and now that they are re-running the series, from the beginning, in my neck of the woods, I decided to give it a go. Up until this episode, I wasn't sure about it, but this one I really enjoyed and would watch again and again.

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