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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 4 - Working Life

In a period dominated by strikes, the three day working week and mass unemployment, this edition examines how comedies drew their inspiration from this political unrest, and gave those living through it something to laugh at.

Further details

Broadcast details

Monday 25th May 2009
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 28th May 2009 11:05pm ITV3
Sunday 31st May 2009 8:00pm ITV3

Cast & crew

Tony Benn Self
Carla Lane Self
Nina Myskow Self
Edwina Currie Self
Vanessa Feltz Self
Jayne Tunnicliffe Self
Jean Boht Self
Richard Briers Self
Sally Lindsay Self
Jo Brand Self
David Nobbs Self
Trevor Bannister Self
Wendy Richard Self
Alwyn W. Turner Self
Phil Mealey Self
Tony Audenshaw (as Antony Audenshaw) Self
Anna Raeburn Self
Kate Robbins Self
John Sullivan Self
Keith Barron Self
Dave Lamb Narrator
Guest cast
Pamela Power Self
Paul Shane Self
Production team
Vicky Thomas Director
Vicky Thomas Producer
Rachel Ashdown Executive Producer
Neil Stewart Editor

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