3   2   1  
1991   1989   1988  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The New Statesman (1987–1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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
Dinnerladies (1998–2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Zany antics and sketches by the anarchic camp comic.

Stars: Kenny Everett, Cleo Rocos, Sheila Steafel
A Fine Romance (1981–1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

British sitcom about the simple relationship between Mike and Laura, two fairly unlikely individuals who come together and form an unmarried union. Nearing 40, Laura appears perplexed most ... See full summary »

Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Susan Penhaligon
Spitting Image (1984–1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.

Stars: Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Chris Barrie
Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and expirienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and almost carelessly.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs
Come Fly with Me (2010–2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Little Britain team parodies the various types of characters associated with life in a major British airport. That includes flight and ground staff from regular - and low budget ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Lindsay Duncan
The Young Ones (1982–1984)
    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
Little Britain (2003–2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker
The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: Alexei Sayle, John Sparkes, Peter Capaldi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"The Sweeney" meets "Boogie Nights" as fact and fiction collide in this satirical take on the phone hacking scandal that brought down one of Britain's biggest tabloid newspapers.

Director: Peter Richardson
Stars: James Buckley, Lilly Burton, Robert Carwithen


Series cast summary:
 Himself / ... (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
Tony Millan ...
 Various Roles (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
Angus Deayton ...
 Various Roles (17 episodes, 1988-1991)
 Various Roles (13 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jan Ravens ...
 Various Roles (12 episodes, 1989-1991)


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Who is that fat bastard?




See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 October 1988 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(18 episodes)

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Alexei Sayle: Here come the Lizards! Here come the Lizards!
See more »


Referenced in Comedy Connections: The Fast Show (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Looking for a Ranting Fat Man in a Tight Suit? You Got It!
30 October 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Alexi Sayle's style is extremely political, and if you listen to his audio-book of early comedy club recordings, you'll hear the prototypes for many of the gags which appear in Stuff. Marshall & Renwick have a distinctly different style - they came from the world of radio comedy - "The Burkis Way to Dynamic Living" was one of theirs (that mutated into a short-lived TV version on ITV with the same cast, but it was too surreal to last on the low-brow ITV). They also wrote the extremely funny "Whoops, Apocalypse!" (the TV version), and the famous "One Foot In the Grave". They also spoofed Lord of the Rings in the year that the epic BBC Radio 4 production aired, with "Hordes of the Things", a wickedly observed lampoon with first rate cast and writing. This is a very strong pedigree.

If you want to "spot" which is Marshall and Renwick, and which is Sayle, it isn't hard to do. The more Pythonesque it gets, the less likely it is to be Sayle, and the more political it is, the more likely it is him.

If you want some great examples of sketches which other reviewers haven't mentioned, I'd put the extended sketch/concept episode "Seal of the Soothsayer" as one of my favourites. The Mickey Mouse/Steamboat Fatty spoof is also priceless. One of my personal favourites is the "Who's a Jew?" sketch, where a businessman discovers that not only is HE Jewish, but so is Thomas the Tank Engine (original name: Thomasovitch Tankenstein)! The School Outfitter sketch rings true to anybody buying school uniform, even today. There are so many treasures in this series that it is a crime to be selective. I am glad that the BBC have finally allowed/negotiated rights/whatever to get this out on DVD in the UK - the whole series as opposed to the original compilation shown on the title page for this entry.

The "All New Alexi Sayle Show" appeared after a few years off, and Alexi had mellowed - no more ranting, but it just felt that he had lost his sharp comic edge. Most of the material revolved around perhaps 6 characters whom you would see in every episode in the same predictable order (Harry Enfield fell into the same trap, as does "Little Britain" today), and if the joke wasn't really funny once, it certainly wasn't funny twice, or six times, and when the series ended, I recycled the VHS recordings I'd made from the TV immediately rather than saving them. Stick to "Stuff", and you're in safer, if stranger territory, and it's much funnier there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: