The Fast Show. Image shows from L to R: Paul Whitehouse, Simon Day, Arabella Weir, John Thomson, Caroline Aherne, Charlie Higson, Mark Williams. Copyright: BBC
The Fast Show

The Fast Show

  • TV sketch show
  • BBC Two
  • 1994 - 2001
  • 25 episodes (3 series)

Fast-moving BBC Two sketch show featuring a host of hugely popular characters. Stars Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, John Thomson, Simon Day, Mark Williams and more.

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Dave Angel returns to advise on energy use

Simon Day's eco warrior character Dave Angel is part of a new national advertising campaign to help every household cut their energy costs.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 4th April 2022

Simon Day revives Dave Angel: Eco Warrior

The Fast Show character is being used in commercials from Utilita Energy urging customers to 'Save Like Dave'.

Chortle, 15th October 2021

Filming locations for Fast Show across the North-East

The Fast Show was a little bit wooh and a little bit whey in the 1990s - a fast-paced BBC comedy sketch show, starring Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson, that was packed full of catchphrases and featured many scenes filmed in the North-East.

Chris Lloyd, The Northern Echo, 20th September 2020

The Fast Show could return as a live show

The stars of The Fast Show have revealed they have talked about a possible new live stage show, and potential new television formats together.

British Comedy Guide, 29th August 2020

Why the genius of The Fast Show will never be repeated

As a documentary celebrates the Nineties sketch show, Paul Whitehouse and the cast talk to Chris Bennion.

Chris Bennion, The Telegraph, 18th August 2020

Gold to broadcast second Fast Show special

Gold has ordered a second Fast Show reunion special before the first has even aired. Just A Load Of Blooming Catchphrases broadcasts on Saturday 29th August, with More Blooming Catchphrases following on 30th Sunday.

British Comedy Guide, 10th August 2020

Charlie Higson: The Fast Show was never meant to offend

As he reprises his Swiss Toni persona, the comedian and author explains his jam-packed lockdown schedule, and why sketch shows are risky business.

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian, 1st June 2020

The Fast Show to return

The Fast Show is reportedly set to return for a new special on the UKTV network.

British Comedy Guide, 1st March 2020

Jumpers for goalposts: 'The Fast Show' at 25

"And then, the BBC2 sketch series The Fast Show turned 25, giving a whole generation of comedy lovers a chance to reflect on the enormous impact the series, and its cast, have had on British culture ever since. Which was nice."

Paul Holmes, We Are Cult, 28th September 2019

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