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4 November 1994 (UK) See more »
BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.
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Harry Enfield ... Kevin Patterson / ... (13 episodes, 1994-1997)

Kathy Burke ... Perry / ... (13 episodes, 1994-1997)

Paul Whitehouse ... Lance / ... (13 episodes, 1994-1997)
Louisa Rix ... Kevin's Mum / ... (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Gary Bleasdale ... Gary Scouser (9 episodes, 1994-1997)

Mark Moraghan ... Barry Scouser (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
David Barber ... Fat Bloke (6 episodes, 1994)
Caroline Harker ... Toddlers' Mum (6 episodes, 1997)
Stephen Moore ... Kevin's Dad (6 episodes, 1997)

Series Directed by
John Stroud (6 episodes, 1994)
Dominic Brigstocke (6 episodes, 1997)
Series Writing credits
Harry Enfield (13 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Whitehouse (13 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ian Hislop (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nick Newman (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Geoffrey Perkins (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Harry Thompson (6 episodes, 1994)
Gary Howe (6 episodes, 1997)
Richard Preddy (6 episodes, 1997)
Dave Cummings (5 episodes, 1997)
Graham Linehan (5 episodes, 1997)
Arthur Mathews (5 episodes, 1997)
Simon Greenall (3 episodes, 1994)
Kay Stonham (2 episodes, 1994)

Series Produced by
Peter Bennett-Jones .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Maureen McMunn .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nick Mortimer .... line producer (12 episodes, 1994-1997)
Harry Thompson .... producer (6 episodes, 1994)
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise .... producer (6 episodes, 1997)
Series Original Music by
Kate St. John (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
John Rosenberg (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Film Editing by
Nick Arthurs (3 episodes, 1997)
Series Casting by
Shirley Teece (2 episodes, 1994)
Janey Fothergill (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Production Design by
Chris Hull (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Art Direction by
Bill Crutcher (1 episode, 1997)
Les McCallum (1 episode, 1997)
Series Costume Design by
Denise Simmons (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Makeup Department
Annie McEwan .... makeup designer / makeup artist (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Petrona Winton .... assistant makeup artist / makeup designer (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Production Management
Peter Thornton .... production manager (2 episodes, 1994)
Jenny Hay .... production manager (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tristram Shapeero .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1994)
Nick Rae .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Art Department
Peter Hallam .... property master (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Michel .... props (6 episodes, 1994)

Nic Stubbings .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Martin Wilson .... location sound recordist / location sound (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Tim Alban .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nick Roast .... studio sound assistant / studio sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1997)
Series Special Effects by
Andy McVean .... special effects (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Visual Effects by
Andy McVean .... visual effects (1 episode, 1997)
Series Stunts
Bill Weston .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Aiken .... studio camera supervisor (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
John Rosenberg .... location lighting camera (2 episodes, 1994)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Burns .... costume (1 episode, 1997)
Natalie Rogers .... costume (1 episode, 1997)
Series Editorial Department
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1994)
Series Music Department
Kate St. John .... arranger: title music / title music arranger (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Series Other crew
Penelope Chong .... script supervisor / production assistant (11 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ken Hawkins .... location manager (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Matthew Lynch .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Emma Pierce .... production team (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Stan Fus .... location manager (2 episodes, 1994)
Carrie Rodd .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1994)
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant (2 episodes, 1997)
Frank Buckle .... location manager (2 episodes, 1997)

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UK:30 min (12 episodes) | UK:40 min (1 episode)
UK:12 | UK:15 (Some Episodes)

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No faultless by any means but there is a lot of inspired comedy here, 13 June 2015
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Harry Enfield and Chums ran for a couple of series in the 90's, its title was an acknowledgement of the others who contributed to the success of Enfield's comedy, most notably Paul Whitehouse and Kathy Burke. The series continues the same format that 'Harry Enfield's Television Programme' had started, i.e. sketch based comedy featuring an array of characters that mostly re-appeared several times over the course of the two seasons. It also has to be admitted that the comedy relied quite a bit on the use of catchphrases, which were ultimately an easy identifier for most of the characters. Catchphrase comedy has developed a bit of a bad name over the years for being too simplistic and banal and it's true that many comedy shows definitely fall into this bracket but Enfield seemed to occupy the high ground of this sub-genre back in the 90's and this series definitely shows how good he could be with it. In fairness, the best comedy routines in these shows had a lot more going for them than a memorable repeatable line.

Looking at the series objectively from the point of view of today it does seem far more uneven than it did at the time. Back in the day it did come across as absolutely hilarious but some characters that were funny then seem a bit one-note and average now, like the Slobs, the Old Gits and the Scousers. While others such as the Randy Old Ladies and Harry and Lulu are completely unfunny. On the other hand, the show did introduce classic creations such as Kevin the Teenager and The Self Righteous Brothers. It also featured some inspired old school TV invention with the 1930's information films and Mr Dead. But some of the most memorable moments come via one-off sketches like the clever spoof Benny Elton and the bizarre combination of the Italian Il Postino with Postman Pat. While there are a few dud moments sprinkled throughout the two series, the good moments definitely outweigh the bad. Much of the credit for the success of the show simply comes down to the great comic acting of Enfield, Whitehouse and Burke, the latter is truly inspired as Perry the gormless teenage friend of Kevin. It's a shame that Enfield sort of lost his way with this kind of thing in the years that followed because this series showed that he was a master at it when he got it right.

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