Alexei Sayle's Alternative Take. Alexei Sayle. Copyright: BBC.

Alexei Sayle's Alternative Take

BBC Radio 2 documentary about alternative comedy. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2007. Features Alexei Sayle.

Alexei Sayle's Alternative Take. Alexei Sayle. Copyright: BBC.

Alexei Sayle's Alternative Take

Alexei Sayle looks at the evolution of satirical, hard-hitting "alternative" comedy and its impact on Britain's arts and culture

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2007
Channel
BBC Radio 2
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Features
Alexei Sayle
Producer
Andy Foster

Twenty-five years after The Comedy Store resettled in London's Leicester Square, one of the original alternative comedians, Alexei Sayle, guides us through the impact of alternative comedy.

From his early days on the stage at The Comedy Store and other new stand-up venues of the time, through to TV, theatre and film, Alexei Sayle has remained absolutely true to his original alternative ideals.

These six programmes see him summarising the impact of the alternative approach to all forms of comedy, as it emerged with a conscience and a mission from the clubs, and moved in to prime-time television, literature and film. As it steamrolled through the culture of the day, it left in its wake a trail of old school comedy practitioners no longer able to use racism or the mother-in-law as the basis for humour.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 25th August 2007 on BBC Radio 2 at 1pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 29th September 2007 on BBC Radio 2 at 1pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 16th August 2008 at 1:00pm