World Of Pub. Dodgy Phil (Kevin Eldon). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

World Of Pub

Two brothers, stupid Garry and pessimistic Barry, run the worst pub in the East End of London, frequented by only one regular - Dodgy Phil

2001  (BBC Two)
6 (1 series)
Peter Serafinowicz, Phil Cornwell, Kevin Eldon, Simon Greenall, Kim Wall, Martin Freeman, Geoffrey McGivern, Jennifer Hennessy, Stewart Wright
Tony Roche
British Broadcasting Corporation

World Of Pub is set in the worst run pub in the East End. The pub, whose name changes every episode is run by two landlords - Garry (the stupid one) and Barry (the nervous one) - and has just the one regular, Dodgy Phil.

Each episode sees Garry and Barry trying to find enough customers in order to stop themselves going out of business, usually with the help of some of Dodgy Phil's under-hand schemes. However, the plans never work and each episode ends with the pub burning down.

Our Review: The series had previously run on BBC Radio 4 and did have some interesting ideas, but it did not have the legs to earn a second TV series.

While the TV series was not successful, it did give some early TV appearances for future comedy stars including Peter Serafinowicz, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig and David Walliams.