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The Catherine Tate Show

The Catherine Tate Show

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC Two
  • 2004 - 2009
  • 21 episodes (3 series)

Popular sketch show starring Catherine Tate as a range of characters, including a rude nan and a talkative teenager. Also features Mathew Horne, Niky Wardley, Ella Kenion, Rebecca Front, Angela McHale and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 4

Paul and Sam discover that their geography is a bit rusty, Nan is excited about Meals On Wheels and Carole is annoyed by vegetarians, mime artists and windscreen washers.

Further details

Paul and Sam wonder where Shelley has gone, because they haven't seen her today. Sam's friend, Jackie, says she's gone on holiday to Zimbabwe. They don't know where Zimbabwe is.

The backhander woman (Carole) is in the back of a minicab. A windscreen washer approaches as they pull up at some lights. He starts to put soap on the screen. The taxi drives tells him that it's already washed and asks him to go away. He walks off, leaving soap all over windscreen. Carole tells the cab driver what he could do to stop them washing his car against his will.

Bunty is sitting alone in a pub, wearing her majorette's hat and waiting for Geoff. He informs her that she is not on the front row this year. Geoff tells her that it's time to leave the Doncaster Spinners. As she leaves the pub, she puts a song (All By Myself) on the jukebox.

Paul and Sam are talking about their day at work. Sam doesn't want to tell Paul what happened, because "he'll die". She says that she wanted to make a cup of tea in the morning and she accidentally plugged in the cafetière instead of the kettle.

The backhander woman has just bought lunch in a wholefood shop. She sits down at a table and starts chatting to a woman. A man emerges from the kitchen and addresses the diners, saying that they are out of vegetarian lasagne. Carole advises the woman what she could do - "one swift backhander" is included in the advice.

New parents (Karen and Ben) are driving in the car. Their baby is asleep. Ben points out that they are lost, because of Karen's disability to read maps. The baby wakes up due to their noisy arguing and they start singing a song to make her fall asleep again.

Paul and Sam are in the bedroom, wondering what is Human Resources. The phone suddenly rings and Sam answers. She starts the conversation in French, but it turns out she didn't even know who called in the first place.

Kate and Ellen are working at their desks. Kate asks Ellen if she wants kids. She makes her guess how many kids does Jenny 'Kids R Us' Topley from the canteen have.

The backhander woman is in the park, watching a mime artist. It turns out that he is not very good and gets on her nerves a bit. She tells her friend that she wants to walk up to him and ask him "what in the name of Christ is he doing with his life?" She also points out that a swift backhander would bring him to his senses.

Lauren wanders into a classroom and approaches the teacher sitting at his desk. She hands him a note, requesting her to be excused from games. She ain't bovvered that he can't excuse her from a subject he doesn't teach. She knocks over his pot plant and leaves.

Kate and Ellen are still working at their desks. Kate discusses her choice of holiday with Ellen, who is trying to guess how much she paid for her trip to Egypt.

Nan's grandson arrives and she's excited about Meals on wheels. He got herself a new chap after she got rid of Brenda. When Gavin arrives, he starts a full song and dance routine. He passes the meal to Jamie. He also brought Nan her tights. When he leaves, she is upset that he brought her the wrong pair of tights - ''American fucking tan''.

Kate tells Ellen that she got her lunch from a new sandwich shop. Ellen immediately guesses how much she paid. Kate simply answers back with "lesbian".

Ben and Karen are stood by the side of their baby's cot, singing and dancing to keep her entertained. The baby is staring back at them.

Broadcast details

Monday 8th March 2004
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 30th June 2011 10:00pm W
Friday 1st July 2011 8:00pm W
Friday 12th August 2011 9:40pm W
Saturday 13th August 2011 1:20am W
Wednesday 21st December 2011 11:30pm W
Wednesday 1st February 2012 12:40am W
Wednesday 1st February 2012 10:35pm W
Wednesday 11th April 2012 1:10am W
Wednesday 11th April 2012 11:10pm W
Saturday 1st December 2012 12:00am W
Saturday 15th December 2012 12:05am W
Tuesday 22nd January 2013 12:40am W
Wednesday 20th February 2013 12:30am W
Wednesday 19th June 2013 12:40am W
Saturday 8th March 2014 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 12th July 2014 12:00am W
Saturday 12th July 2014 10:00pm W
Saturday 7th March 2015 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 12th March 2015 10:40pm W
Monday 22nd June 2015 9:00pm W
Friday 11th September 2015 9:20pm Gold
Saturday 12th September 2015 2:05am Gold
Thursday 24th December 2015 11:05pm W
Thursday 14th April 2016 12:10am W
Friday 17th June 2016 3:20am Gold
Tuesday 5th July 2016 11:20pm W
Tuesday 30th August 2016 3:05am Gold
Wednesday 21st September 2016 3:05am Gold
Friday 2nd December 2016 2:00am Gold
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:20pm W
Tuesday 11th July 2017 10:00pm W
Friday 15th December 2017 9:00pm W
Tuesday 6th March 2018 11:40pm W
Saturday 12th May 2018 9:40pm W
Monday 25th June 2018 11:40pm W
Tuesday 26th June 2018 11:00pm W
Saturday 14th July 2018 9:00pm W
Tuesday 25th December 2018 12:15am W
Monday 31st December 2018 12:00am W
Saturday 19th January 2019 9:00pm W
Saturday 23rd March 2019 9:00pm W
Saturday 16th November 2019 9:00pm W
Saturday 14th December 2019 9:40pm W
Friday 7th August 2020 8:45pm W
Saturday 19th September 2020 9:30pm W
Friday 30th October 2020 11:20pm W
Saturday 31st October 2020 9:10pm W
Wednesday 30th December 2020 11:00pm W
Sunday 13th June 2021 12:00am W
Sunday 13th June 2021 10:20pm W
Friday 1st October 2021 10:00pm W
Saturday 2nd October 2021 9:00pm W
Friday 19th November 2021 9:30pm W
Saturday 20th November 2021 9:00pm W
Friday 14th January 2022 10:00pm W
Saturday 15th January 2022 9:00pm W
Saturday 21st May 2022 9:00pm W
Friday 23rd September 2022 10:00pm W
Saturday 24th September 2022 9:00pm W
Friday 4th November 2022 10:00pm W
Saturday 5th November 2022 9:00pm W
Friday 14th April 2023 10:20pm W
Saturday 15th April 2023 9:00pm W
Friday 28th July 2023 10:00pm W
Saturday 29th July 2023 9:20pm W
Friday 20th October 2023 11:00pm W
Saturday 21st October 2023 9:00pm W
Friday 23rd February 2024 11:00pm W
Saturday 24th February 2024 9:00pm W

Cast & crew

Catherine Tate Various
Mathew Horne Various
Niky Wardley Various
Ella Kenion Various
Rebecca Front 'Elaine Figgis' Documentary Narrator
Jonathan McGuinness Various
Derren Litten Various
James Holmes Various
Guest cast
Lee Ross Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Catherine Tate Writer
Aschlin Ditta Writer
Derren Litten Writer
Production team
Gordon Anderson Director
Geoffrey Perkins Producer
Jo Hunter Line Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Jo Sutherland Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
John Sorapure Director of Photography
Lucia Santa-Maria Costume Designer
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Christopher Clayton (as Chris Clayton) Lighting Designer
Lee Trevor 1st Assistant Director

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