Documentary series looking at how TV comedy shows portrayed society in 1979, 1984, 1998 and 2003. Features Shaparak Khorsandi, Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Dom Joly, Ann Widdecombe and more.
Friday 19th April 2019
This episode focused on 1979 will look at the northern club scene, which was dominating telly at the time with the likes of Les Dawson and Cannon & Ball. It's also the year that saw a new breed of alternative comedians making a name for themselves on screen that included Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Rowan Atkinson.
Saturday 20th April 2019
Spitting Image and The Young Ones will feature in this 1984-focused episode against the backdrop of the miners strike. More mainstream comedies like Duty Free and Russ Abbot's Madhouse are also covered.
Sunday 21st April 2019
In 1998 New Labour were in power and ground breaking new comedies started to appear on TV which included The Royle Family and Goodness Gracious Me.
Monday 22nd April 2019
Trigger Happy TV features in 2003 as TV viewers enjoyed the hidden prank antics of Dom Joly alongside Bruce Forsyth's hilarious hosting duties on Have I Got News For You and fond farewells to Cold Feet and The Office.
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