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Seasons:
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Release Date:
30 March 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.
Awards:
6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Fast Show: Laugh In of the 90s See more (23 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 30)

Paul Whitehouse ... Various Roles / ... (25 episodes, 1994-2014)

Charlie Higson ... Various Roles / ... (25 episodes, 1994-2014)

Arabella Weir ... Various Roles / ... (25 episodes, 1994-2014)
Simon Day ... Various Roles / ... (24 episodes, 1994-2014)

John Thomson ... Various Roles / ... (24 episodes, 1994-2014)

Caroline Aherne ... Various Roles / ... (23 episodes, 1994-2014)

Mark Williams ... Various Roles / ... (23 episodes, 1994-2000)

Eryl Maynard ... Various Roles / ... (21 episodes, 1994-2000)
Paul Shearer ... Various Roles / ... (20 episodes, 1994-2000)
Maria McErlane ... Various Roles / ... (15 episodes, 1996-2000)

Colin McFarlane ... Various Roles / ... (14 episodes, 1994-2000)
Donna Ewin ... Chanel 9 Girl / ... (13 episodes, 1996-2000)
Rory Jennings ... Toby / ... (11 episodes, 1995-2000)
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Series Directed by
Arch Dyson (6 episodes, 1994)
Mark Mylod (4 episodes, 1996)
Sid Roberson (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Writing credits
Brendan O'Casey (15 episodes, 1996-2014)
Caroline Aherne (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Charlie Higson (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Paul Whitehouse (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Mark Williams (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Simon Day (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
Graham Linehan (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
Arthur Mathews (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
Dave Cummings (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
John Thomson (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Arabella Weir (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Gary Howe (4 episodes, 1996)
Richard Preddy (4 episodes, 1996)
Craig Cash (3 episodes, 1996)
Henry Normal (3 episodes, 1996)
Jane Bussmann (3 episodes, 1997)
Jonathan Powell (3 episodes, 1997)
Lise Mayer (2 episodes, 1994)

Series Produced by
Charlie Higson .... producer (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Paul Whitehouse .... producer (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Geoffrey Perkins .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Original Music by
Eddie Miller (unknown episodes)
Philip Pope (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Shelley Hirst (8 episodes, 1997)
Remi Adefarasin (6 episodes, 1994)
Barry McCann (4 episodes, 1996)

Andy Hollis (unknown episodes)
John Record (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Graham Hutchings (6 episodes, 1994)
Nick Peto (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Production Design by
Andrew Howe-Davies (6 episodes, 1994)
Chris Thompson (6 episodes, 1994)
Humphrey Jaeger (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Direction by
Nic Pallace (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Theresa Hughes (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jane Walker .... hair designer / makeup designer (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Jayne Buxton .... hair designer / makeup designer (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Production Management
Mark Mylod .... production manager (6 episodes, 1994)
Jeremy Connor .... production manager (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucy Cooke .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 1994)
Johnny Ludlow .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Department
Peter Hallam .... property master (14 episodes, 1994-1996)
Bernard Heyes .... graphic designer (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Cathy Cosgrove .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1994)
Oli Novadnieks .... properties buyer (4 episodes, 1996)
Lee Turnham .... property master (4 episodes, 1996)

Andy Armstrong .... props (unknown episodes)
Nic Stubbings .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Peter West .... painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Tim Alban .... dubbing editor (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Dave Thompson .... sound supervisor (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Mik Gough .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1994)
Michael McCarthy .... sound supervisor (6 episodes, 1994)
John Taylor .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1994)
Simon Clark .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Lawson .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1994)
Steve Bowman .... visual effects designer (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Stunts
Stuart St. Paul .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1994-1997)

Mike Potter .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Fenna .... camera supervisor (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Graham Banks .... camera operator: film (6 episodes, 1994)
Pat Deveney .... lighting gaffer (6 episodes, 1994)
Graham Rimmington .... lighting director (6 episodes, 1994)
David Scott .... grip (6 episodes, 1994)
Dave Davey .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1996)
Max Foster .... lighting gaffer (4 episodes, 1996)
Shelley Foster .... camera operator: film (4 episodes, 1996)
Jamie Monks .... grip (4 episodes, 1996)
Nigel Saunders .... camera supervisor (4 episodes, 1996)
John Ward .... Steadicam operator (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Casting Department
Kate Day .... casting advisor (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1996)
 
Series Editorial Department
Kathryn Randall .... vision mixer (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Carol Abbott .... vision mixer (8 episodes, 1994-1996)
Mark Lawrence .... editor: video tape (6 episodes, 1994)
St. John O'Rorke .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1994)
Nick Peto .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1994)
Pete Drinkwater .... editor: video tape (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Location Management
Southan Morris .... location manager (6 episodes, 1994)
Camilla Fox .... location assistant (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Music Department
Philip Pope .... musical director (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
 
Series Transportation Department
Ian Yea .... facilities driver (6 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Other crew
John Birkin .... location director (6 episodes, 1994)
Sharon Bradley .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1994)
Peter Manuel .... resource coordinator (6 episodes, 1994)
Teresa Powick .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1994)
Gary Smith .... programme budget assistant (6 episodes, 1994)
Ian Taitt .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1994)
Katie Wilkinson .... production secretary (6 episodes, 1994)
Roxanne Hanstock .... resource coordinator (4 episodes, 1996)
Tessa Kimbell .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1996)
Amanda McGeever .... production secretary (4 episodes, 1996)
Adrian Pegg .... production associate (4 episodes, 1996)
Tracyjane Read .... assistant floor manager (4 episodes, 1996)
Sue Tiplady .... film researcher (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Thanks
Danny Wiseman .... thanks (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Brilliant!" - USA (cable TV title)
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Runtime:
30 min (25 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Jesse:This season, I'll be mostly wearing no vest and no pants neither...See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Fast Show: Laugh In of the 90s, 29 January 2009
Author: Sebastian (sts-26) from Canada

It is more than ten years since the debut of The Fast Show, and attention spans are greatly reduced. So it is hard to believe that the show was born of what at the time was a rather unique concept - keep the laughs coming by keeping comedy sketches as short as possible, firing them out one after another, and being as precise as possible with barbs and gags.

If you are familiar with the British alternative comedy crowd - French and Saunder, Lenny Henry, Ben Elton, Rick Mayall - you understand why the notion of brevity and precision was somewhat revolutionary. The alt-com crowd had a tendency to squeeze every possible laugh or chuckle out of an idea, to - in short - end up flogging a dead horse. Arguably, the reason for such a habit was that making your point was more important than getting easy laughs. The Fast Show turned this around, asking, what was the point of comedy if you were not getting a stream of laughs that never let up?

The Fast Show featured a collection of talented comedians - all relatively young, with their own appeal, but who were also great character actors and impressionists - twisting the mundane into the absurd. Family dinners, foreign news programs, the country-house set, all became fodder for laughs. And, over the half hour of the show, sketches flew by.

Over the course of The Fast Show's run, certain characters became extremely popular, and there were numerous concepts that could have been rolled into sitcoms or movies. However, the greatest success of The Fast Show is that it reintroduced a certain slickness to sketch comedy, something that had existed with shows like Not the Nine O'clock News, and previously had been toyed with by Monty Python's Flying Circus, but had been largely banished by the alt-com crowd.

The Fast Show bears, in an interesting way, a resemblance to Laugh In, the American variety show from the 60s/70s. Both shows were frivolous, sharp, often silly, and zippy. The difference is this: The Fast Show, relying more on character comedy, and drawing it characters from the stable of English and European "types", will never seem as dated as Laugh In.

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