A satire about three losers: a failed actor, his sleazy agent and a permanently drunk bodyguard.
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The two Dangerous brothers Sir Richard and Sir Adrian host a series of mad and violent sketches

Director: Paul Jackson
Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Morwenna Banks
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Richie buys an inflatable doll named Monica as his lover, and he tries to conceal it from Eddie. But it all goes terribly wrong when Richie accidentally super glues Monica to his groin, mistaking Eddie's super glue for Handcream.

Director: Marcus Mortimer
Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson
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Queen Elizabeth is attending a parade in Hammersmith and Richie and Eddie plans on inviting the Queen to join them for supper. But their plan goes wrong.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke
Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson
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Richie and Eddie find themselves stranded on a tropical island, only to find the island is a atomic-test site, where the French tests atomic weaponry.

Director: Ed Bye
Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson
Comedy
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Richie and Eddie escapes from the island and try to get to the bar to have a drink, only to find themselves trapped in a underground chamber and Richie thinks they've been abducted by aliens.

Director: Dewi Humphreys
Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson
The New Statesman (1987–1992)
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In a parody of 1980s Conservatism, Rik Mayall is Alan B'Stard MP, the most machiavellian Tory of them all.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan
Comedy
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Eddie has locked himself away in the toilet and Richie finds he's been inventing gadgets and only to find himself joining Eddie on a adventure through time and space on-board Eddie's time machine "The Turdis" which is a toilet cubicle.

Director: Dewi Humphreys
Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall
Bottom (1991–1995)
Comedy | Crime
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Edward and Richard are best buddies living off the government doing nothing more than having a good time and breaking stuff.

Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell
Comedy | Thriller
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Richie and Eddie are in charge of the worst hotel in the UK, Guest House Paradiso, neighbouring a nuclear power plant. The illegal immigrant chef has fled and all the guests have gone. But ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Edmondson
Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Bill Nighy
The Young Ones (1982–1984)
Comedy
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The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer
The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series 1982)
Comedy
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A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

Stars: Peter Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders
Comedy
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This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds, who spend their time either drinking ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash
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 Edward Catflap (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Richard Rich (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Ralph Filthy (6 episodes, 1987)
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 Policeman / ... (4 episodes, 1987)
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Richie (Rik Mayall) is a former actor who has only one ambition - to be famous. He believes that everyone knows who he is and often has a paranoid feeling that people are out to get him. He lives with his minder Edward (Ade Edmondson), a drunk. His agent Ralph Filthy (Nigel Planner) is not very good at his job and apart from being an agent, he is involved in some rather shady businesses. This series follows Richie's pathetic attempts to reach stardom. He stops at nothing to reach his goal, he even contemplates killing his own father. Fourth wall breaking happens very often. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry make an appearance in one episode, as well as young Chris Barrie. Written by Audrey_L

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In Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson's later sitcom "Bottom", their characters were called Richie and Eddie. See more »

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Edward Catflap: Richie, if you don't stop talking, I am going to cut off your head, put it in the microwave until it goes ping, mash it up with a bit of milk and butter, and ram it up your backside!
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Best comedy of the 1980s
11 August 2016 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

For me, this is the most enduring of all the 'alternative' comedies put out in the 80s and this short-lived series showcases the talent of writer Ben Elton at his absolute best.

I can watch this over and over and never get tired of it.

I suspect that the biggest fans of this show (which was made shortly after The Young Ones and before Bottom) enjoy the digs at the horrible state of the institution of family entertainment meted out by the TV networks in the UK at that time.

Just as Monty Python broke through barriers of comedy a generation before, it was Filthy, Rich and Catflap that buried the careers of light entertainment whores such as Jimmy Tarbuck... who was relentlessly targeted in this program.

But while most genuinely talented comics withstood and even competed with Monty Python of the late '60s, (Brian Rix, Dave Allen, Dick Emery) there were almost no survivors of Ben Elton's war on celebrity mediocrity of the late '80s... and thankfully so.

I think only Bruce Forsythe came through this onslaught alive. The rest were simply exposed as the silly, talentless, fame-hungry clowns that they were and fell by the wayside and back to the horrible working men's clubs they had originally come from.

Later, Ben Elton met Jimmy Tarbuck face to face on TV and offered a false explanation of why he wrote what he did but the beaten and humiliated Tarbuck didn't look very convinced.

Make no mistake about it, this is one of the most important and easily the funniest comedy of the eighties. Oh, how I wish that there were more episodes of this...


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