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.

Series 1

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Saturday 25th August 2007

One of the original comics of conscience and integrity, Alexei Sayle looks at the evolution of satirical, hard-hitting "alternative" comedy and its impact on Britain's arts and culture. This first edtion looks at everything from nuclear issues to race relations.

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2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Saturday 1st September 2007

Alexei Sayle looks at the history of "alternative" comedy and its lasting impact on Britain's cultural sensibility. Today he explores character comedy, from music hall to Steve Coogan.


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Saturday 8th September 2007

Alexei Sayle's "alternative" comedy survey goes all surreal and "out there". As the 80s turned into the 90s, tastes were more receptive to a more decadent, frivolous style of comedy.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Saturday 15th September 2007

Alexei Sayle continues his survey of alternative comedy with a look at double acts. We begin with the formative days of alternative comedy with the likes of The Oblivion Boys through to acts such as Skinner and Baddiel and The Mighty Boosh.


5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Saturday 22nd September 2007

Alexei Sayle continues his survey of "alternative" comedy with a look at female talent. Victoria Wood led the way in progressing from the working men's club circuit, but alternative routes were opening up for female comics for the likes of Jo Brand and Tracey Ullman.


6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Saturday 29th September 2007

Alexei Sayle concludes his survey of "alternative" comedy with a look at its legacy. He examines the influence of alternative comedy during the past 30 years and at the difficulties of taking what was an underground movement into the mainstream.