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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.

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Series 2, Episode 2

The Aga Saga Woman is terrified by a Geordie babysitter, Irene & Vern describe their encounter with Desmond Tutu and Nan's visit at the doctor soon turns unpleasant.

Further details

The Aga Saga Woman is in the kitchen with her two children. She has something terrible to tell them - Alice, the nanny, can't come to work today, so she had to arrange for an agency nanny to come. Situation gets even worse when she tells them that she's from the north - could be as far as Sunderland. Gina, the agency nanny comes to their house and they don't understand what she is saying. The Aga Saga Woman starts screaming that they're all going to die.

Sheila Carter is in the back seat of a minicab, stuck in traffic. First of all, she finds the air freshener very owerpowering and asks the driver to put it away. Secondly, she is annoyed by the pop song played on the radio. Furthermore, she is disgusted by the amount of smoke coming from the exhaust of a van in front of them. Sheila then lets out a long fart. The minicab driver is dumbfounded and winds down the window. She immediately complains that it is very cold and if he could put the heating on.

Lauren and Liese are in the café area of a sports centre. Lauren tells Liese that she got a new top for £15. Ryan enters in boxing gear and sits down. Lauren says that she is excited about seeing Naughty Rascal. Ryan and Liese are confused and when they realise that she meant Dizzee Rascal, they start laughing, but Lauren is not bovvered.

Moo Shepard is at work outdoors, seemingly in her element. She is a professional dog trainer. After her faithful and longlife canine companion died peacefully in his sleep, Moo is training a new dog to retain her title of Dog Obedience Champion. She is seen leading a dog training class outdoors with a group of pupils with leads in hand. She praises her pupils and tells them that she can see herself letting some of them bring their dogs. Moo arrives at her car and her dog is seen in the back seat. She appears to have lost the keys and the dog is locked in the car. As she goes to look for the keys, the dog slides down the window and falls down.

Bernie enters a hospital side ward and notices that one of her patients isn't in his bed. She sees some chocolates on his table, takes the remote control and turns the television on. The hypnotist on television is talking about stress in the workplace. Bernie nods as she considers herself to be stressed and undervalued. She lies down on the bed and follows the hypnotist's instructions. Bernie falls asleep on Mr. Hicks' bed and sister walks into the ward with Mr. Hicks. As Bernie tries to explain herself, she starts mixing the hypnotist's words and starts talking nonsense.

In a restaurant, Amanda is serving two business people. She introduces herself as 'Amanda, but her friends call her Zebedee and that she's a fiery Taurean with her moon in Uranus'. The guests order a Plain Jane burger and an Oops Upside Your Head burger. Music starts playing, restaurant lighting changes and the staff begin dancing. The mystified couple leave the restaurant.

Kate and Ellen are playing a guessing game. Kate is disturbing Ellen by singing La Bamba. She wants to tell her that she did her Salsa class last night and that Tony, her instructor, said that she is ready to do the workshops in Barcelona. Kate also wants Ellen to guess how old Tony thought she was.

Moo is outside a house with her dog lying still on the floor whilst she tries to encourage it to respond to her commands. When she finally manages to get a response from Lady Penelope, she runs off and bank and jumps up at Moo. She can't understand that they can't even get past the basics. As desperate situations call for desperate measures, Moo puts an electric collar on Lady Penelope. When she gives the dog an electric shock, Lady Penelope keels over. Moo says that she is just having a lie down.

Irene and Vern talk to Neville and tell him that they've had a visitor, but Irene can't remember what his name was. 'Black fella, always on the telly laughing - Desmond Tutu!' She says that he has done a holiday swap with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Judging by his language, he did not known that he swapped a huge South African farmhouse for a two-berth caravan with no heating.

Nan and her grandson Jamie walk into a surgery waiting room. She doesn't have an appointment, so they go to see the receptionist. She says that Nan won't be able to see a doctor unless it's an emergency. When she finally manages to get an appointment, she is too upset to see the doctor. Apparently, it's 'too-f*'!

Kate says that she went to Pizza Express for lunch and Ellen immediately replies 'four seasons, no onions, no anchovies, mixed salad and a Diet Coke'. Kate confirms and pushes Ellen's filing trays onto the floor.

Moo Shepard is shown at the competition with Lady Penelope. She starts reminiscing of her previous dog, Mr Tibbs. She is called into the arena and they run off. They soon return and Moo explains that Lady Penelope was awful and that she peed on one of the judges. However, she has taught her a lesson - enjoy life!

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th July 2005
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 2nd September 2011 9:40pm W
Saturday 3rd September 2011 1:40am W
Tuesday 13th December 2011 11:40pm W
Wednesday 14th December 2011 11:40pm W
Wednesday 15th February 2012 1:05am W
Wednesday 15th February 2012 10:30pm W
Wednesday 9th May 2012 12:00am W
Wednesday 9th May 2012 10:45pm W
Wednesday 5th December 2012 12:00am W
Wednesday 19th December 2012 1:15am W
Saturday 26th January 2013 12:40am W
Saturday 9th February 2013 12:40am W
Saturday 24th August 2013 1:25am W
Saturday 30th November 2013 10:20pm Gold
Saturday 5th April 2014 11:20pm W
Saturday 19th July 2014 12:40am W
Saturday 19th July 2014 10:40pm W
Monday 23rd March 2015 10:40pm W
Wednesday 10th June 2015 10:00pm Gold
Thursday 11th June 2015 2:15am Gold
Saturday 12th September 2015 2:35am Gold
Friday 25th September 2015 9:20pm Gold
Monday 28th December 2015 12:50am W
Tuesday 19th April 2016 11:20pm W
Thursday 23rd June 2016 3:30am Gold
Monday 11th July 2016 11:20pm W
Wednesday 28th September 2016 3:00am Gold
Friday 9th December 2016 1:20am Gold
Monday 12th December 2016 11:20pm W
Tuesday 24th January 2017 11:20pm W
Tuesday 18th July 2017 12:20am W
Tuesday 18th July 2017 10:00pm W
Wednesday 19th July 2017 12:20am W
Saturday 16th December 2017 11:40pm W
Friday 9th March 2018 11:40pm W
Saturday 26th May 2018 9:40pm W
Friday 29th June 2018 11:40pm W
Saturday 4th August 2018 9:00pm W
Tuesday 16th October 2018 12:00am W
Wednesday 26th December 2018 11:50pm W
Tuesday 1st January 2019 11:45pm W
Saturday 26th January 2019 9:40pm W
Saturday 6th April 2019 9:00pm W
Saturday 21st December 2019 10:20pm W
Saturday 18th July 2020 10:40pm W
Saturday 29th August 2020 12:15am W
Saturday 29th August 2020 10:55pm W
Saturday 26th September 2020 10:00pm W
Friday 13th November 2020 10:00pm W
Thursday 31st December 2020 1:30am W
Thursday 31st December 2020 11:45pm W
Saturday 19th June 2021 10:40pm W
Sunday 20th June 2021 9:40pm W
Friday 8th October 2021 10:40pm W
Saturday 9th October 2021 9:40pm W
Friday 26th November 2021 10:40pm W
Saturday 27th November 2021 9:40pm W
Friday 21st January 2022 10:40pm W
Saturday 22nd January 2022 9:40pm W
Friday 27th May 2022 10:40pm W
Saturday 28th May 2022 9:40pm W
Friday 30th September 2022 10:40pm W
Saturday 1st October 2022 9:40pm W
Friday 11th November 2022 10:40pm W
Saturday 12th November 2022 9:40pm W
Friday 21st April 2023 10:40pm W
Friday 4th August 2023 10:40pm W
Saturday 5th August 2023 9:40pm W
Friday 27th October 2023 11:40pm W
Saturday 28th October 2023 9:40pm W
Friday 1st March 2024 11:40pm W
Saturday 2nd March 2024 9:40pm W

Cast & crew

Catherine Tate Various
Mathew Horne Various
Niky Wardley Various
Ella Kenion Various
Rebecca Front 'Elaine Figgis' Documentary Narrator
Angela McHale Various
Bruce Mackinnon Various
Jonathan McGuinness Various
Derren Litten Various
Guest cast
Jill Halfpenny Guest
Francesca Isherwood Ensemble Actor
Brian Murphy Ensemble Actor
Andy Dennehy Ensemble Actor
Charlie Hicks Ensemble Actor
Writing team
Catherine Tate Writer
Aschlin Ditta Writer
Derren Litten Writer
Gordon Anderson Writer
Jenny Lecoat Writer
Ella Kenion Writer
Niky Wardley Writer
Production team
Gordon Anderson Director
Geoffrey Perkins Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Philippa Catt Line Producer
Chris Wadsworth Editor
Jo Sutherland Production Designer
Kate Day Casting Director
John Sorapure Director of Photography
Lucia Santa-Maria Costume Designer
Vanessa White Make-up Designer
Christopher Clayton (as Chris Clayton) Lighting Designer
Julie Sykes 1st Assistant Director

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