UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.
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Series cast summary:
...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
...  Various Roles / ... 25 episodes, 1994-2014
Simon Day ...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
...  Various Roles / ... 24 episodes, 1994-2014
...  Various Roles / ... 23 episodes, 1994-2000
...  Various Roles / ... 21 episodes, 1994-2000
Paul Shearer ...  Various Roles / ... 20 episodes, 1994-2000
Maria McErlane ...  Various Roles / ... 15 episodes, 1996-2000
...  Various Roles / ... 14 episodes, 1994-2000
Donna Ewin ...  Chanel 9 Girl / ... 13 episodes, 1996-2000
Rory Jennings ...  Toby / ... 11 episodes, 1996-2000
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UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.

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In the original BBC2 broadcast of The Fast Show: Quart (1996), an extra sketch was showing during the closing credits. In the extra sketch, the newlyweds (Charlie Higson and Donna Ewin) turn up at the doorstep of their neighbor (Mark Williams), which they ask him if they could borrow a bucket of cold water. The extra sketch during the closing credits is omitted from the Series 2 DVD and was also omitted from the TV1 broadcast in New Zealand. See more »

Quotes

Rowley Birkin: ...thin layer of lemon curd...
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Crazy Credits

The title sequence from Series 2 - Last Fast Show Ever is a montage of the regular characters. See more »


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Release Me
Written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams
Performed by Paul Whitehouse
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The good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments
22 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Fast Show is a sketch show, and as most such animals it doesn't always work. Some jokes are brilliant, some a bit thin.

The most characteristic ingredient of the Fast Show are its repeated characters and their catch phrases, like the car salesman who compares everything to "making love to a beautiful woman", or the guy whose "...which was nice" is the pinnacle of his emotional reactions. This device is perhaps a little overplayed at times (and the English soccer international Chris Waddle will curse them for that, since he will be remembered for the rest of his life as the catch phrase of Channel 9) but when it works it is extremely effective. My personal favourites are Jazz Club, a terrific satire on late night toffee-nosed music programmes; and also the bloke (played by Paul Whitehouse) who has no opinion of his own and agrees to every argument put to him.

Although this review may look rather mixed, the shows are generally unmissable because the good stuff easily outweighs the weaker moments.


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