When the series first aired in 1992, the BBC placed it on its out-of-the-mainstream channel, BBC2, thinking that it might build a modest cult following. However, the show drew such high ratings that it was moved to the more Populist channel, BBC1. According to Jon Plowman
, head of comedy at the BBC, during the development of the first series there was concern that "an audience outside the square mile of Soho - the trendy district of London - would not know what this was about." It eventually became one of the highest-rated shows in Britain. See more
[on the significance of awards
They don't matter, do they, darling?... Awards, Pats?
Oh, Eddy. We've been here before.
It's just... you know... I WANT one. I don't just want one, darling, I NEED one. My career is on a toboggan run of failure at the moment... I just need one. It's the only thing that seems to mean ANYthing these days... I need one now before the menopause drags me into her gaping jaws. Before my creative hormonal oil-well dribbles to a halt. Before my bottom becomes just a ...