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, Episode 1

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.

Further details

Alexei charts the rise of what became known as alternative comedy, from artists such as Sayle himself and his blunt class war message through comics with a conscience, such as Jim Barclay and Tony Allen. They actively used issues like nuclear disarmament and race relations in order to get laughs to campaigners.

Their contemporaries are comics such as Mark Thomas and Robert Newman. With contributions from Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy.

Broadcast details

Saturday 25th August 2007
BBC Radio 2
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Alexei Sayle Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jim Barclay Self (Archive Material)
Tony Allen Self (Archive Material)
Mark Thomas Self (Archive Material)
Mark Steel Self (Archive Material)
Eddie Large Self (Archive Material)
Jeremy Hardy Self (Archive Material)
Rob Newman (as Robert Newman) Self (Archive Material)
Rik Mayall Self (Archive Material)
Adrian Edmondson Self (Archive Material)
Ben Elton Self (Archive Material)
Rory Bremner Self (Archive Material)
Andy Parsons Self (Archive Material)
Robin Ince Self (Archive Material)
Glenn Wool Self (Archive Material)
Imran Yusuf Self (Archive Material)
Mitch Benn Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Andy Foster Producer
Phil Critchlow Executive Producer

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