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A series of self contained television movies starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous movies, literature, and generally everyone in sight.
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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Richardson Peter Richardson ...  Julian / ... 41 episodes, 1982-2012
Adrian Edmondson ...  Billy / ... 30 episodes, 1982-2012
Jennifer Saunders ...  Anne / ... 30 episodes, 1982-2012
Nigel Planer ...  Den Dennis / ... 27 episodes, 1983-2012
Dawn French ...  Frances / ... 26 episodes, 1982-2012
Robbie Coltrane ...  Max / ... 19 episodes, 1982-2012
Rik Mayall ...  Colin Grigson / ... 19 episodes, 1983-2012
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A series of self contained television movies starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous movies, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

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Only five of the planned six shows from the first season were produced when Channel 4 decided that "Back to Normal With Eddie Monsoon" (also referred to as "An evening With Eddie Monsoon" by some sources) was unsuitable for broadcast. The character was revived in the second season episode "Eddie Monsoon: A Life" and featured Adrian Edmondson in the title role as the washed-up South African television host. The name Eddie Monsoon is, of course, a pun on the name Edmondson. Many years later, Edmondson's real-life wife Jennifer Saunders resurrected the name Eddie (short for Edina) Monsoon for her character in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992). See more »

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Colin Grigson: [trying to sound cool] Uh, yeah, thanks, Mrs Grigson.
Colin's mum: No need to be so formal Colin. After all, I am your mother.
[he cringes]
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Featured in The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999) See more »

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A milestone of TV comedy
1 November 2008 | by castipianiSee all my reviews

"The Comic Strip presents . . ." introduced a new crowd of "'varsity comics" (Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ade Edondson, Rick Mayall, Robbie Coltrane) to British commercial television, and a fresh approach to the half-hour comedy format. Led (as performer, writer, and director) by Peter Richardson, the Channel 4 series broke away from the crazy-sketch format which had dominated the years since the debut of Monty Python, instead focusing each episode on a playful exploration of a particular film or TV genre, some quintessentially British ("Five Go Mad in Dorset," with its deadpan tweaking of Enid Blyton's wartime children's adventure books) to presciently contemporary ("Bad News Tour," which beat "Spinal Tap" to the screen by almost two years). Richardson's penchant for genre critique above all sometimes led to stylishly inert outings like "Beat Generation," but also to wildly idiosyncratic and memorable excursions like "Summer School," "Bullsh*tters," and "A Fistful of Traveler's Cheques." Unfortunately only available on DVD as a nine-count'em nine disc set in PAL format, The Comic Strip deserves a two or three disc compilation of its most marvelous episodes: After 25 years, many play better than most contemporary comedy today.


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UK

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English

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2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (episode "Beat Generation, The")| Black and White (episode "Spaghetti Hoops")| Color

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1.33 : 1
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