Monkey Trousers. Image shows from L to R: Ted (Alex Lowe), Patsy Palmer, Constance (Ronni Ancona), Stanley (Alistair McGowan). Copyright: Pett Productions / Baby Cow Productions.

Monkey Trousers

ITV sketch show from Vic & Bob. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2005. Stars Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Steve Coogan, John Thomson and others.

Series 1, Episode 1

We meet Alasdair, the Croc Botherer, Roy of Roy's Toys and other characters in this opening episode.

Further details

The first episode of Monkey Trousers opens at mission control of the Geordie Space Centre, where Dave battles with incompetence in his attempt to get the Whippet craft off the ground.

Next, a candid compensation salesman at Ablett Associates addresses anyone who's ever been ninja'd, gingered, or minge-ered at work; and the first instalment of mini soap opera Professional Footballers' Wives is sponsored by Norsons Cigarettes ('the sportsman's favourite').

We meet the programme's eponymous grotesque - Monkey Trousers - named for the only two words which ever escape his revolting lips. Also known as Nemo ('no one'), he appears to be a kind of person-whisperer, and in this episode proves an expert hostage negotiator.

The viewer is also introduced to Alasdair, a no-nothing estate agent with silly hair, the Croc Botherer, who would be the first to admit that he's 'a freakin' nightmare', a vicar with an apparent paucity of interest in the Bible, and Roy of Roy's Toys, who provides a broken doll with an inappropriately gritty back-story.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th May 2005
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Vic Reeves Various
Bob Mortimer Various
Steve Coogan Roy
John Thomson Various
Mark Benton Various
Tim Healy Various
Alistair McGowan Stanley
Ronni Ancona Constance
Patsy Palmer Various
Alex Lowe Ted
Rebecca Front Various
Guest cast
Mackenzie Crook Sneezer
Liz Smith Various
Tony Way Various
Mark Heap Dawson
Christopher Ellison (as Chris Ellison) Various
Rachel Isaac Various
Iain Lee Various
Tony Scannell Various
Writing team
Vic Reeves Writer
Bob Mortimer Writer
Christian Azzola Writer (Additional Material)
Simon Blackwell Writer (Additional Material)
Richard Preddy Writer (Additional Material)
Jill Parker Writer (Additional Material)
Jim Harrington Writer (Additional Material)
Gary Howe Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
David Kerr Director
Lisa Clark Series Producer
Steve Coogan Executive Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer

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