The Armstrong & Miller Show. Image shows from L to R: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller. Image credit: Hat Trick Productions.

The Armstrong & Miller Show

Hit sketch show starring Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller. Characters include a pair of immature RAF pilots and a rude musical hall duo

Genre:
Sketch Show
Broadcast:
2007 - 2010  (BBC One)
Episodes:
19 (3 series)
Starring:
Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller, David Armand, Karen Hayley, Jim Howick, Katherine Jakeways, Lucy Montgomery, Tyger Drew-Honey, Dan Skinner, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jessica Ransom
Writers:
Simon Blackwell, Mark Bussell, David Cadji-Newby, Ali Crockatt, Anil Gupta, Aidan Hawkes, Tim Ifield, George Jeffrie, Richard Pinto, Justin Sbresni, David Scott
Production:
Hat Trick Productions
& Toff Media

Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller are reunited in this contemporary sketch-show series. The show includes a variety of characters and situations - most notably teen-talk speaking Second World War pilots.

New characters for series two included The White Devil, a self-important ex-pat in Africa - roaming the back roads, saving lives and fixing his hair in the wing mirror of his 4x4.

There's also Jilted Jim, dumped at the altar but still on his honeymoon, turning the lives of other newly weds into a living hell; Dennis Lincoln-Park, an accident-prone culture buff, searching for the most valuable art works in the history of civilization; and the Old Clubber, a forty-something, mad-for-it Ibiza veteran/company accountant.

New characters for Series 3 include two vampires at odds with the modern world and two prudish saleswomen who run an underwear shop.

Our Review: We really enjoyed the first series of this comedy - many of the sketches, and the ideas behind them, were significantly above par. It made for a refreshing change, as 2007 was otherwise just a deluge of distinctly average sketch series.

We were not alone in our enjoyment; the show picked up good ratings and our readers named it the best sketch show of 2007 in our end-of-year poll. The BBC recognised its popularity and duly commissioned a second series; and then, before it had even been broadcast, ordered a third series too.

Series Two didn't have quite have the same hit rate as the first in our opinion, but it still delivered some sketches likely to become classics. Our favourites included the brilliantly observed Blue Peter apology.

The duo's vampire characters look to be the stand out hits from the new third series.