Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1988–1991)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 78 users  
Reviews: 9 user

Add a Plot

0Check in

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 151 titles
created 04 Jan 2012
a list of 744 titles
created 20 Apr 2012
a list of 39 titles
created 25 Jun 2012
a list of 894 titles
created 12 Jan 2013
a list of 13 titles
created 16 Feb 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1988–1991)

Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1988–1991) on IMDb 8/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Alexei Sayle's Stuff.




3   2   1  
1991   1989   1988  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Keen Eddie (2003–2004)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A wisecracking N.Y. cop with no respect for authority, finds himself a fish out of water when he ends up being assigned to a police precinct in the U.K.

Stars: Mark Valley, Sienna Miller, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Selling Hitler (TV Mini-Series 1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The true story of the biggest fraud in publishing history - the Hitler diaries.

Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Alexei Sayle, Alison Doody
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: Alexei Sayle, Peter Serafinowicz, Denise Coffey
Paris (TV Series 1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Alexei Sayle, Neil Morrissey, Allan Corduner


Series cast summary:
Alexei Sayle ...
 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 »


Featured in Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) 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?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD RELEASE kichigai1
Discuss Alexei Sayle's Stuff (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: