The Fast Show (1994–2000)

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Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne star in this sketch show with characters like Ken and Kenneth two rude tailors... See full synopsis »

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Paul Shearer ...
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Maria McErlane ...
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Donna Ewin ...
 Chanel 9 Girl / ... (13 episodes, 1996-2000)
Rory Jennings ...
 Toby / ... (11 episodes, 1996-2000)
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Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne star in this sketch show with characters like Ken and Kenneth two rude tailors... See full synopsis »

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Brilliant!  »

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While watching a preview tape of highlights from Harry Enfield's show "Harry Enfield's Television Programme", Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson were inspired to create a rapid-fire delivery comedy, which became "The Fast Show" (Titled "Brilliant" in the United States on BBC America). See more »

Quotes

Director: Chip? Take five - we need to reset the wire.
Chip: Set meself on fire? All right.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, Quick sketches are shown, with John Thomson as the voice-over saying "Coming up on next week's show..." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s (2014) See more »

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Release Me
Written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams
Performed by Paul Whitehouse
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The good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments
22 February 2000 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

The Fast Show is a sketch show, and as most such animals it doesn't always work. Some jokes are brilliant, some a bit thin.

The most characteristic ingredient of the Fast Show are its repeated characters and their catch phrases, like the car salesman who compares everything to "making love to a beautiful woman", or the guy whose "...which was nice" is the pinnacle of his emotional reactions. This device is perhaps a little overplayed at times (and the English soccer international Chris Waddle will curse them for that, since he will be remembered for the rest of his life as the catch phrase of Channel 9) but when it works it is extremely effective. My personal favourites are Jazz Club, a terrific satire on late night toffee-nosed music programmes; and also the bloke (played by Paul Whitehouse) who has no opinion of his own and agrees to every argument put to him.

Although this review may look rather mixed, the shows are generally unmissable because the good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments.


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