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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
    Nick Smith Editor
    Harry Chapman Production Designer
    Brian Burrows Composer
    Simon Lupton Commissioner


    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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