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The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure (2014)

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The rare outings
1 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As part of the 50th celebrations for BBC2 this programme delved deep into the vaults of the BBC and unearthed rare archive footage and never seen before pilot comedies.

I use the phrase 'never seen before pilots' loosely as the Ronnie Barker series 7 of 1 has been broadcast on the satellite channel GOLD. However I am not surprised Madness's sitcom never managed to get to a full series as it was badly acted and badly written even though the writers turned out to be Ben Elton and Richard Curtis. Also it was beguiling to see the Miranda pilot and she really did have a bad hair day.

However the engaging aspect was the rare footage some of it recently recovered such as Alan Bennett and Spike Milligan being his usual surreal self. We saw early appearances from Sacha Baron Cohen, Mitchell & Webb and Harry Hill. However the appearances from American comedians like Bill Hicks, Dennis Leary seemed to be from Paramount City which I am sure was broadcast on BBC1 in the early 1990s.

However I did enjoy the programme because of the rare footage some of it unseen for decades. I never knew Kenny Everett did a sketch show on BBC2 in the early 1970s.


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