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Beyond A Joke

Beyond A Joke (2009)

  • TV documentary
  • ITV3
  • 2009
  • 5 episodes (1 series)

Series exploring how sitcoms reflect contemporary Britain at the close of the 20th century, featuring archive news footage, interviews and clips. Features John Cleese, Paul Nicholas, Tony Benn, Carla Lane, Jonathan Harvey and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2 - The Birds The Blokes And The Bees

This edition examines the 1970s obsession with bawdiness and dissects how sitcoms dealt with love, sex and marriage in a typically British, raucous and outrageous manner.

Further details

Key comedies examined include George & Mildred, Man About The House, Just Good Friends and Rising Damp. There are also interviews with Jo Brand, Wendy Richard, Don Warrington, Nerys Hughes and Paul Nicholas.

Broadcast details

Monday 11th May 2009
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 14th May 2009 9:00pm ITV3
Sunday 17th May 2009 8:00pm ITV3

Cast & crew

Carla Lane Self
Jonathan Harvey Self
Don Warrington Self
Edwina Currie Self
Jayne Tunnicliffe Self
Sally Lindsay Self
Jo Brand Self
David Nobbs Self
Trevor Bannister Self
Wendy Richard Self
Dick Clement Self
Sally Thomsett Self
Shobna Gulati Self
Tony Audenshaw (as Antony Audenshaw) Self
Anna Raeburn Self
Kate Robbins Self
Nerys Hughes Self
Sue Nicholls Self
Anthony Booth (as Tony Booth) Self
Tessa Wyatt Self
Diane Keen Self
John Sullivan Self
Keith Barron Self
Lysette Anthony Self
Dave Lamb Narrator
Production team
Vicky Thomas Director
Vicky Thomas Producer
Rachel Ashdown Executive Producer
Neil Stewart Editor

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