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 2

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.

Broadcast details

Saturday 1st September 2007
BBC Radio 2
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Alexei Sayle Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Rik Mayall Self (Archive Material)
Steve Coogan Self (Archive Material)
John Sparkes Self (Archive Material)
Pauline Melville Self (Archive Material)
Nigel Planer Self (Archive Material)
Harry Enfield Self (Archive Material)
John Thomson Self (Archive Material)
Graham Fellows (as John Shuttleworth) Self (Archive Material)
Paul O'Grady (as Lily Savage) Self (Archive Material)
Al Murray Self (Archive Material)
Rich Hall (as Otis Lee Crenshaw) Self (Archive Material)
Steve Delaney (as Count Arthur Strong) Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Andy Foster Producer
Phil Critchlow Executive Producer

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