A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service ... See full summary »

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A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.

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24 January 1983 (UK)  »

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About 10 minutes in, while driving to the gig, the camera zooms in on a direction sign saying 'The North' & 'Hatfield'. 'Hatfield & the North' were a rock band of the mid '70s. See more »

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Vim Fuego: I could play "Stairway To Heaven" when I was 12. Jimmy Page didn't actually write it until he was 22. I think that says quite a lot.
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Featured in Ben Elton: Laughing at the 80s (2011) See more »

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One of the best episodes.
19 May 2017 | by (Butt Town) – See all my reviews

Even though this was released slightly before Spinal Tap(they were somehow both in production at the same time), most people think this is a rip-off of it.While the movies have similar themes, the stories are vastly different.Spinal Tap parodied specific things that real bands did, while Bad News was about a terrible band pretending they were rock stars.The one big difference is when you hear that the actors really played the music, you won't be surprised with Bad News.They are truly awful.But they are also much funnier than Spinal Tap.Anytime anyone tries to act cool, Nigel Planer messes it up and that never gets old.This is probably the best episode.Watch it.


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