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The Fast Show 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1994–2014)
UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical British society.
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Paul Whitehouse ...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Charlie Higson ...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Arabella Weir ...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Simon Day Simon Day ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
John Thomson ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
Caroline Aherne ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
Mark Williams ...  Various Roles / ... 23 episodes, 1994-2000
Eryl Maynard ...  Various Roles / ... 21 episodes, 1994-2000
Paul Shearer Paul Shearer ...  Various Roles / ... 20 episodes, 1994-2000
Maria McErlane Maria McErlane ...  Various Roles / ... 15 episodes, 1996-2000
Colin McFarlane ...  Various Roles / ... 14 episodes, 1994-2000
Donna Ewin Donna Ewin ...  Chanel 9 Girl / ... 13 episodes, 1996-2000
Rory Jennings Rory Jennings ...  Toby / ... 11 episodes, 1996-2000


UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical British society.

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Release Date:

30 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brilliant! See more »

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Technical Specs


(25 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


ITV announcer Jim Pope's moving and touching tribute to Coronation Street (1960) (TV Series) actress Pat Phoenix whom passed away on September 17th 1986 may had been the inspiration behind the sad Rowley Birkin sketch in the final show of Serie 2 which Rowley Birkin tells a sad story about a women he once loved which left him with loss and regret. See more »


Rowley Birkin: Completely made out of rubber...
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits of the Series 3 finale, we see The Suit You Tailors starring at a armless mannequin's genitals. The Suit You Tailors pull back up the boxing shorts on the mannequin and they nod at each other. See more »

Alternate Versions

Due to legal reasons, the Series 2 DVDs are missing the Fred Halibut sketches (which feature Mark Williams spoofing George Formby). However, a brief clip is retained in the Comedy Connections documentary on the Ultimate Collection box set. See more »


Followed by The Fast Show Faster (2011) See more »


Release Me
Written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams
Performed by Paul Whitehouse
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Paul Whitehouse? Brilliant!!!
27 June 2004 | by RussianPantyHogSee all my reviews

I honestly reckon The Fast Show is the best ever British 'sketch' programme - & that includes Monty Python & Not The 9 O'Clock News. Why do i think that? because they're ALL fantastic. Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark (We Wanna Be T'GETHER) Williams, John Thomson, Caroline Aherne & the other woman whose name I can't remember: "Does my bum look big in this?" For a long time I had an idea that Paul Whitehouse reminded me of an old friend I just couldn't put a name to. In the end I realised there was no such person. He's just got such a wonderful expressive face. The Fast Show has given us Brits so many catch phrases that are STILL instantly recogniseable, and that's the mark of a QUALITY show, and such fantastic characters. I bet everyone reading this has come across 'dodgy' menswear salesmen and knows someone just like Swiss Tony, or Dave Angel, or Ted. It's really hard to pick the best. All I can say is: Watching The Fast Show is like, making love to a beautiful woman. Enjoy!

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