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Alternative Comedy: The Early Years

+ intro by Paul Jackson

This compilation programme includes early appearances from French and Saunders, Rik Mayall and Ben Elton.

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TRT 100min

The Comedy revolution of the 1980s mirrored the punk music revolution of the previous decade – in that a new wave of brash young talents arrived on the scene determined to rejuvenate a culture they perceived as sexist, racist and outdated. They introduced a vibrant, and in many cases political, alternative to the established stars, before going on to establish themselves as the next generation of TV comedy.

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Boom Boom Out Go the Lights
BBC 1980. Dir Paul Jackson
With Rik Mayall, Keith Allen, Alexei Sayle
30min
The first TV exposure for many alternative comedy acts.

+ The Entertainers: French and Saunders
ITV 1983. Dir Paul Jackson. 30min
An early TV appearance of the comedy duo.

+ The Entertainers: Stomping on the Cat
ITV 1983. Dir Paul Jackson. 30min
Enjoy these early appearances from Ben Elton, Helen Lederer, Jenny Lecoat and others.


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