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Shooting Stars. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Ulrika Jonsson, Vic Reeves. Copyright: Channel X / Pett Productions.

Shooting Stars

BBC Two panel show. 73 episodes (pilot + 8 series), 1993 - 2011. Stars Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Ulrika Jonsson, Mark Lamarr, Will Self, Jack Dee, Johnny Vegas and others.

Series 1, is repeated on Gold on Monday 4th December at 12:35am

Shooting Stars. Image shows from L to R: Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer. Copyright: Channel X / Pett Productions.

Shooting Stars

Possibly the world's barmiest, weirdest, surreal and off-the-wall panel show. Presented by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
1993 - 2011
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
73   (1 pilot + 8 series)
Creators
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
Starring
Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Ulrika Jonsson, Mark Lamarr, Will Self, Jack Dee, Johnny Vegas, Matt Lucas and others
Writers
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
Directors
Mark Mylod, Richard Valentine, Ian Trill and David G. Croft
Producers
Alan Marke, Lisa Clark, Charlie Higson, Jon Plowman and Katie Taylor

Shooting Stars is probably the oddest quiz show in the history of British television. Nonsensical questions, bizarre games, strange catchphrases and a large amount of thigh-rubbing are the norm... which is perhaps not surprising considering that the hosts are surreal double act Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Each episode is fought out between two sides: Team A and Team B. For the first three series, Team A was captained by Mark Lamarr, who later left and was replaced by Will Self. Team B was always captained by Ulrika Jonsson (aka "Ulrika-ka-ka-ka!") who, in later series, had a permanent panellist in the form of Johnny Vegas. Until 2010, the man with scores was George Dawes (Matt Lucas) - a really big baby who plays the drums and sings.

The comedy was resurrected in 2008 for a Christmas special. This proved successful, and thus a 6th series was created for 2009 with Jack Dee replacing Will Self. Those who prefer the older episodes will be pleased to see the Dove from Above is back. A new regular has also been added - award winning burger van owner Angelos Epithemiou (Dan Skinner), who keeps score.

As of November 2011, the BBC have declined to order a ninth series.

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