The Comic Strip / Kevin Turvey / Filthy Rich & Catflat
The Comic Strip started out as an edgy comedy club in London's red light district. Though their biggest draw was punk-era alternative comedians such as Alexei Sayle, Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayall and Keith Allen, The Comic Strip club was the brainchild of prolific comedy writer and performer Peter Richardson.
In the midst of the alternative comedy boom of the early 1980s, Richardson managed to sell the idea of a show featuring the club's regular performers to the new Channel 4. Rather than a sketch comedy show or a sitcom, The Comic Strip Presents... consisted entirely of 30 minute short films written by members of the group and performed by an assortment of its members. The subject matter varied wildly between shows, as did the style of narrative and the style of humour. The one thing that remained constant was the originality of the shows, even after it had run for several seasons.
The core writers and cast members include: Peter Richardson, Pete Richens, Nigel Planer, Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. These core members were frequently joined by Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane, Alexei Sayle, Daniel Peacock. Later episodes featured a host of guest stars, from musicians (such as Brian May, Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard) to other comedians (Leslie Phillips, Ruby Wax and Graham Crowden).
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The Comic Strip Presents
Series 8 : 40 Episodes - 30 minutes each.
Series 1 : 1982
Five Go Mad In Dorset
Bad News Tour
Five Go Mad On Mescalin
The Beat Generation
Series 2 : 1983/4
A Fistful Of Travellers Cheques
Gino - Full Story & Pics
Eddie Monsoon - A Life
Series 3 : 1986
Consuela (or The New Mrs Saunders)
Series 4 : 1988
More Bad News
Mr Jolly Lives next Door
Series 5 : 1990
Didn't You Kill My Brother
Series 6 : 1992
South Atlantic Raiders 1
South Atlantic Raiders 2 (Argy Bargy)
GLC : The Carnage Continues
Series 7 : 1993
Red Nose Of CCourage
The Crying Game
Detectives On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown
Space Virgins From The Planet Sex
Series 8 : 1998 / 2000 / 2005
Queen Of The Wild Frontier
Gregory - Diary Of A Nutcase
Four Men In A Car
Four Men In A Plane
The Original Comic Strip Live at London's Raymond Revue Bar (29:10)
The Comic Strip - A Retrospective (53:03)
First Laugh On Four (49:48)
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1 Bonus disk
Kevin Turvey Investigates
When Kevin Turvey made his first appearance, people couldn't believe this incredibly stupid young man had got a job at BBC as a investigating reporter, who "investigates everything properly, not like Keith Marshall". People actually thought Kevin Turvey was for real. But that is however not the case. It was one of British comedian Rik Mayall's first roles. Topics covered include the following...
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Kevin Turvey - The Green Door
This is the 40 minute VHS version (the TV broadcast version is only 30 minutes).
Kevin Turvey is an investigative reporter who works mainly in the Reditch area, Midlands, UK.
He investigates the park, the canal, the library, the supermarket... Sadly this character never had his own series. He did have a regular five minute section in the middle of a sketch show called A Kick Up the Eighties.
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Filthy Rich & Catflap
This is the Young Ones without Mike (Christopher Ryan). They are a few years older and living in a different flat, but much remains the same.