The Comedy Years. Image shows from L to R: Louise Gold, Steve Nallon. Copyright: Shiver Productions.

The Comedy Years

ITV3 documentary about comedy in the past four decades. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Features Shappi Khorsandi, Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Dom Joly and others.

The Comedy Years. Image shows from L to R: Susannah Doyle, Robert Duncan, Ingrid Lacey. Copyright: Shiver Productions.

Series 1, Episode 3 - 1998

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.

Further details

The Comedy Years: 1998 features interviews with stars of comedy past and present - revealing the comedy moments that inspired them - including the likes of Shobna Gulati, Kulvinder Ghir, Sherrie Hewson, John Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Ingrid Lacey, Robert Duncan and Susannah Doyle.

This episode looks back at 1998. It was the era of New Labour and Blair's Britain - and also a year that saw some ground-breaking new comedy series.

The Royle Family brought a new, social-realist style of filming to the world of sitcom. Meanwhile, the BBC launched the first all-Asian TV sketch show, Goodness Gracious Me.

Victoria Wood made her first foray into the world of situation comedy with the award-winning series Dinnerladies.

1998 also saw the final series of two much-loved shows of the Nineties - satirical comedy Drop The Dead Donkey and cult sitcom Father Ted.

Broadcast details

Sunday 21st April 2019
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Shappi Khorsandi Self
    Jon Culshaw Self
    Debra Stephenson Self
    Dom Joly Self
    Ann Widdecombe Self
    Sherrie Hewson Self
    Janet Street-Porter Self
    Tracy Ann Oberman Self
    John O'Farrell Self
    Andrew Collins Self
    Anil Gupta Self
    Alastair Campbell Self
    Barry Cryer Self
    Hugh Bonneville Narrator
    Guest cast
    Omid Djalili Self
    Joel Dommett Self
    Mark Heap Self
    Kevin Day Self
    Robert Duncan Self
    Ingrid Lacey Self
    Susannah Doyle Self
    Glenn Wilhide Self
    Duncan Preston Self
    Shobna Gulati Self
    Kulvinder Ghir Self
    Arthur Mathews Self
    Production team
    Kerry Allison Director
    Gavin Barclay Director
    Stuart Ramsay Series Producer
    Kerry Allison Producer
    Gavin Barclay Producer
    Mark Scantlebury Executive Producer
    Mark Robinson Executive Producer
    Jude Bibby Post Producer
    Mike Eccles Editor
    Daniel Ward Editor
    Dave Woodyer Editor

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