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A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.
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Cast

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 TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

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Comedy

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UK

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English

Release Date:

2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pilakuvat esittää 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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Trivia

Only five of the planned six shows from the first series 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 series episode "Eddie Monsoon: A Life" and features Adrian Edmondson in the title role as the washed-up South African TV 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 »

Quotes

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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Elvis Costello & Robbie Coltrane
19 November 2002 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

Many episodes of 'The Comic Strip Presents' were parodies of specific films or TV shows, or parodies of film/TV genres. The episode transmitted 3 November 1984 was titled 'The Bullsh**ters', and it's an hilarious parody of the ITV action series 'The Professionals' in particular and thick-ear matey action shows in general.

The crime-fighting partners in 'The Professionals' were named Bodie and Doyle, so here in 'The Bullsh**ters' we have Keith Allen and Peter Richardson (both of whom also wrote the script) as Bonehead and Foyle, taking orders from their commanding officer, hilariously played by Robbie Coltrane. Bodie and Doyle, of course, had an expensive car with all sorts of gizmos ... but Bonehead and Foyle have to make do with bus passes as they rush from headquarters to their deadly missions.

Coltrane has one very funny set-piece routine, in which he shows Bonehead and Foyle the proper way for a TV action hero to get into a car. Elvis Costello is also funny in a brief turn as a deaf man. Alana Pellay and Jimmy Fagg (don't ask) play themselves.


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