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The Comic Strip Presents...

Channel 4 and BBC Two and Gold comedy drama series of satires. 41 episodes (pilot + 5 series), 1982 - 2016. Stars Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson and others.

The Comic Strip Presents.... Image shows from L to R: Bob Harris (Peter Richardson), Wendi Deng (Eleanor Matsuura), Andy Coulson (Russell Tovey), Rebekah (Maxine Peake), Tony Blair (Stephen Mangan), Johnny Bristol (Johnny Vegas), Ross Kemp (Harry Enfield). Copyright: Comic Strip Productions.

Red Top

Comic fantasy telling the story of Rebekah, an innocent and beguiling Northern girl who accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a seventies Watergate-style scandal.

Further details

This outlandish 75-minute comic fantasy tells the story of Rebekah an innocent and beguiling Northern girl who accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a 1970s Watergate-style scandal.

The film brings together a roll call of universally treasured British comedy greats, alongside exciting new comic talent.


This episode is also known as The Red Top!.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Rik Mayall.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 20th January 2016
75 minutes

Cast & crew

Guest cast
Stephen Mangan Tony Blair
Maxine Peake Rebekah
Nigel Planer Rupert Murdoch
Russell Tovey Andy Coulson
Eleanor Matsuura Wendi Deng
Peter Richardson Bob Harris
Johnny Vegas Johnny Bristol
Harry Enfield Ross Kemp
Dominic Tighe David Cameron
Alexei Sayle Colin Goodman
James Buckley Blitzy
John Sessions The Accountant
Catherine Shepherd Julie
Lewis Macleod Alan Rusbridger
Sid Mayall Cotton
Steven O'Donnell (as Steve O'Donnell) Raffle
Joy Richardson Emma
Red Richardson Cosmo
Sadie Tonks Samantha Cameron
Lily Burton Fan
Chris Devlin Lorry Driver
John Dollins Telecom Engineer
Kevin Feaviour TV Floor Manager
Brigit Grant News Reporter
Neil Gold Mamood
Robbie Carwithen (as Robert Carwithen) Phone Tapper
Jon Lane Phone Tapper
Devon Lomax News Presenter
Ian Rodwell Lynn Undercover Cop
Bevis Taylor Undercover Cop
Sam Morgan Sun Doorman
Ian Perks Equerry
Willow De la Rouche News Reporter
Johnny Rowden Guardian Reporter
Mitch Tonks Mirror Reporter
Nick Smith Murdoch's Butler
Christine Sweetman Ross's Screen Wife
Nigel Way (as Nigel Waye) Concierge
Writing team
Peter Richardson Writer
Pete Richens (as Peter Richens) Writer
Brigit Grant Writer
Production team
Peter Richardson Director
Nick Smith Producer
Peter Richardson Executive Producer
Michael Wood Executive Producer
Simon Lupton Executive Producer
Richard Watsham Executive Producer


Red Top Trailer

A brand new fantasy comedy...

Featuring: Stephen Mangan (Tony Blair), Maxine Peake (Rebekah), Russell Tovey (Andy Coulson), Johnny Vegas (Johnny Bristol), Harry Enfield (Ross Kemp).

Meet the Characters of Red Top

Meet the all-star cast from Comic Strip Presents... Red Top.

Behind The Scenes on Red Top

A video going behind the scenes of Gold's brand new fantasy comedy, Comic Strip: Red Top.

The Guardian newspaper offices

A look at the offices of The Guardian - "Never Knowingly Enjoy Yourself".

Tony Blair goes for a hip look

Tony Blair has gone for a new direction after going on the run, and is interviewed by whispering Bob Harris on The Old Grey Whistle Test.


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