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Paul Merton: The Series 

Fresh from his appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Paul starred in his own comedy series on Channel 4, featuring a mix of surreal sketches, links and stand-up routines
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Paul Merton ...  Various Characters 12 episodes, 1991-1993
John Irwin John Irwin ...  Various Characters 10 episodes, 1991-1993
Robert Harley Robert Harley ...  Various Characters 7 episodes, 1991-1993
Neil Mullarkey ...  Various Characters / ... 7 episodes, 1991-1993
Ben Miller ...  Various Characters 6 episodes, 1993
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Fresh from his appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Paul starred in his own comedy series on Channel 4, featuring a mix of surreal sketches, links and stand-up routines

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UK

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English

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25 September 1991 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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Hat Trick Productions See more »
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(12 episodes)

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[repeated line]
Paul Merton: Innit marvellous!
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Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #1.9 (1994) See more »

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Would You Buy Tobacco From This Man?
4 August 2006 | by ShadeGrenadeSee all my reviews

Along with 'Whose Line' co-star Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton landed his own show on Channel 4 in the early '90's. It was a deliberate throwback to the madcap sketch shows of the '60's, such as 'At Last The 1948 Show' and 'Marty'. Merton would take a situation, such as a father telling his daughter she's adopted, turned it inside out ( he tells her she isn't ), and by piling absurdity on absurdity, created an explosion of inspired comic lunacy. The sketches were linked by surreal monologues such as 'there's a time tunnel at the back of my fridge', delivered from a railway station tobacconist's. The show miraculously avoided lavatorial humour and brought back something that had been missing from television for some time - visual comedy. His 'Old Ladies' Grand Prix' wouldn't have have looked out of place in 'The Goodies' or 'Monty Python'. Sadly, it didn't enjoy the success it deserved, and apart from reruns from 'The Paramount Comedy Channel' has more or less been forgotten. As Paul would say: "Work that one out!".


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