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.
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.
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.
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.