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The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure (2014)



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Complete credited cast:
Tamsin Greig ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Addison ... Himself
David Baddiel ... Himself
Bill Bailey ... Himself
Eleanor Bron ... Herself
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Himself
Rob Brydon ... Himself
Dick Clement Dick Clement ... Himself
Phil Cornwell ... Himself
Angus Deayton ... Himself
Rebecca Front ... Herself
Graeme Garden ... Himself
Brenda Gilhooly Brenda Gilhooly ... Herself
Armando Iannucci ... Himself - Writer and Producer
Eric Idle ... Himself


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11 May 2014 (UK) See more »

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Nostalgic Trip Through BBC2 Comedy Both Familiar and Unfamiliar
29 January 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

This kind of program has its pleasures - of looking at comedy gold from the past, while understanding how and why some pilots failed to make it into six-part series. An example of the latter is a Madness pilot from the mid-Eighties written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, that proved beyond doubt that Suggs, although a competent singer, was no actor.

Some of the material was more familiar than perhaps the program liked to suggest - Ronnie Barker's SEVEN OF ONE was repeated on the BBC, while the pilot for QI eventually turned into a long-running series. Rik Mayall's Kevin Turvey turned up in several specials; it was nice to see this once more, proving beyond doubt that beneath the madcap exterior the late comedian was also a fine actor. From the Sixties we were treated to clips of Alan Bennett doing a humorous monologue (with the immortal acronym NORWICH - (K)nickers Off Ready When I Come Home, as well as examples of Spike Milligan's anarchic humor that formed the cornerstone of the Q series.

Inevitably there are some clips that will prove funnier to individual viewers than others, but the program as a whole gave a good survey of the range of cutting-edge comedy that the channel has provided in the past, and continues to offer to this day.

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