Hello Cheeky fearlessly brought Radio 2's long-running 1970s comedy show to television, featuring the legendary talents of The Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor, fellow I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue stalwart and comedy writer Barry Cryer, and writer and actor John Junkin; composer Denis King provided musical accompaniment (and frequently became the object of ridicule for the other three).
The half-hour shows were recorded in front of a live audience and replicated the original series's trademark mix of preposterous sketches, appalling jokes, raillery and general silliness. Improvisation abounded, with the occasional blunder retained in an irreverent approach summed up by Cryer as "Laugh-In without the gloss, only desperation and rot". A typical show might feature advice on looking after an armadillo, teaching your dog to samba or making your very own space rocket from a yard of lint, an operation on a false moustache, or even a gala dinner with the officers and crew of the Nancie Celeste...
This first-time release on DVD contains all 12 existing episodes from 1976; although 13 were made over two series, the tenth - S02E02 - is missing from the archive.
First released: Monday 19th July 2010
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