A Kick Up the Eighties (1981–1984)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 34 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Sketch show that originally explored a theme each week (work, death, sex).

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 74 titles
created 10 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 1320 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Kick Up the Eighties (1981–1984)

A Kick Up the Eighties (1981–1984) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Kick Up the Eighties.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1981  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Young Ones (1982–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer
Girls on Top (1985–1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Four women who are nothing alike end up living together in a flat in England.

Stars: Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax
Callan (1967–1972)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis
Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines and the Simpsons.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Stilgoe ...
 Various Roles (2 episodes, 1981)
Ron Bain ...
 Various Roles (2 episodes, 1981)
...
 Various Roles (2 episodes, 1981)
Roger Sloman ...
 Various Roles (2 episodes, 1981)
...
 Various Roles (2 episodes, 1981)
...
 Kevin Turvey (2 episodes, 1981)
Edit

Storyline

Sketch show that originally explored a theme each week (work, death, sex).

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 September 1981 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(10 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: The New Statesman (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Kevin's 'ere"!
29 June 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A number of B.B.C. sketch shows appeared in the wake of 'Not The Nine O'Clock News', all attempting to recapture the original's healthy disrespect for authority and revelling in sheer bad taste for the sake of it. Made by B.B.C. Scotland, and executive produced by Sean Hardie, 'A Kick Up The Eighties' is today best remembered for bringing the then-unknown Rik Mayall ( credited as Kevin Turvey ) to a mass audience. Turvey, a Brummie idiot who fancied himself as an investigative reporter, delivered surreal monologues to camera which he concluded by saying: "Kevin's 'ere!", whilst touching his left ear. Turvey became a cult character, leading to him getting his own one-off show: 'Kevin Turvey - The Man Behind The Green Door'.

One or two sketches concerned then-topical subjects such as the cold war, the prospect of nuclear war, unemployment, sexual equality, and even the boom in home ( video ) entertainment. Among the writers were 'Rab C.Nesbitt' author Ian Pattison, and Doug Naylor and Rob Grant, creators of 'Red Dwarf'. The regular cast in the first season were Ron Bain, Miriam Margolyes, Roger Sloman, Tracey Ullman ( fresh from 'Three Of A Kind' ), with Richard Stilgoe providing witty 'Frost Report'-style linking material. The second season saw Stilgoe replaced by Robbie Coltrane ( whom I thought at the time had probably been cast due to his physical resemblance to Mel Smith! ). Some of Coltrane's characters, particularly the stand-up comedian who is nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is, would reappear in 'Laugh? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee!'.

Although 'Eighties' did upset some viewers - particularly a sketch in the fifth show in the first season in which Miriam Margolyes' nurse unplugs a patient's life support machine in order to be able to use her vacuum cleaner - there was no repetition of the furore that greeted 'Carrott's Lib' when Jasper joked about the deaf. Another sick sketch had surgeons casually tossing a patient's innards onto a floor where they were then eaten by a dog. But the nastiest item of all was, appropriately enough, set in a video rental shop ( which were everywhere in those days ) where characters from so-called 'video nasties' ( a term coined by the right-wing media to describe horror movies such as 'Driller Killer' and 'I Spit On Your Grave' ) engaged in a musical number. Anyone who shared the Thatcher Government's view of such films ( that they should be banned outright ) would have had their prejudices confirmed by the gruesome sketch.

Tracey Ullman spoofed the controversial Channel 4 show 'The Mini Pops' on one edition. As she sang 'Knick Knack Paddy Wack, a gang of dirty old men in grubby macs lusted after her. She also did brilliant take-offs of Janette Tough of 'The Krankies', and 'Toyah Wilcox'. The song 'I am Angry' was a send-up of 'I Want To Be Free'.

The title sequence of the first season featured caricatures of Thatcher, Reagan, Charles and Di et al, culminating in a foot going through a television set. The second season's titles guyed the film 'Blade Runner', which had gone on release the year before.

'Eighties' was repeated on 'U.K. Gold' in the late '80's/early '90's, but has yet to appear on D.V.D. It goes without saying that the show looks like a product of its time, especially with its Quantel effects and synth theme tune by David McNiven ( used on the second season ). It was hit and miss stuff, but served a purpose in laying the groundwork for the superior 'Naked Video'.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A Kick Up the Eighties (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?