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The Fast Show 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1994–2000)
UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.
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 Various Roles / ... 21 episodes, 1994-2000
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 Various Roles / ... 15 episodes, 1996-2000
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 Chanel 9 Girl / ... 13 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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30 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Brilliant!  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson didn't want to call their character sketch comedy show "The Paul Whitehouse Show" and very much wanted to do a old-fashioned team comedy in the tradition of "Monty Python's Flying Circus". See more »

Quotes

Director: Chip? Take five - we need to reset the wire.
Chip: Set meself on fire? All right.
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Crazy Credits

The title sequence from Series 2 - Last Fast Show Ever is a montage of the regular characters. See more »

Connections

Featured in 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy (2014) 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 See 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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