This series takes a look inside the mind of comic author, prankster, and journalist Victor Lewis-Smith as he lies immobilized in a "comic coma" in a BBC hospital for distressed broadcasters... See full summary »
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Victor Lewis-Smith ...
 Himself (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
Nickolas Grace ...
 Consultant (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
Moya Brady ...
 Wife (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 Nurse (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
Tim Barlow ...
 Mr. Lobley (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
George Raistrick ...
 Taxi Driver / ... (7 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 Policeman (5 episodes, 1993)
Stan Harrison ...
 Father (4 episodes, 1993)
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This series takes a look inside the mind of comic author, prankster, and journalist Victor Lewis-Smith as he lies immobilized in a "comic coma" in a BBC hospital for distressed broadcasters. Throughout the course of the series, Lewis-Smith confronts the dark recesses of his own psyche as he embarks on a guided tour of his internal organs via his bloodstream, accompanied by a chatty cab driver who doubles as a narrative linking device. The hospital story line is woven around a series of comedy sketches that emerge from Lewis-Smith's subconscious when his life-support system is fed into a television monitor, in effect transforming him into a "human video playback machine." The result is a bold, bizarre, and hilarious collection of skits embedded within a surreal, highly innovative situation comedy format. Each episode features one or more of Mr Lewis-Smith's signature phone pranks played on some unsuspecting member of the public.

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wonderful weirdness
29 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Inside Victor Lewis-Smith is that rarest of things, a clips show that is not just funny but down-right hilarious. But virtually none of this is down to the clips, it is almost completely due to the somewhat warped and twisted genius of Lewis-Smith himself.

The initial set-up is pretty standard, a man lying unconscious in a hospital bed after an accident with doctors and nurses hooking him up to all sorts of medical machinery. But they soon discover that in his comatose state, his brain is actually pumping out television programmes

  • not as they were when he watched them, but as they are after being


sloshed around his brain for years. Hence we get, for example, the marvellous lunacy of Camberwick Green, with Windy Miller offering to take Captain Snort and his entire regiment round the back of the windmill for some "fun".

There were strong appearances from Nickolas Grace as the Consultant, and Annette Badland as the nurse, further cementing the utter surreality of this show. Absolute inspired lunacy, much better than the later "TV Offal".


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