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.

  • Series 1, Episode 1 repeated Sunday 10th July at 11:20pm on Gold

The Fast Show trivia

The famous sketch in which Ralph, whilst playing a drinking game had to tell Ted that his wife had died, involved real beer. Charlie Higson says: "The problem was that the game was complicated and nobody could remember their lines. In the end the director pointed the camera at each player in turn and said, 'Repeat after me...' Luckily none of this shows in the final result."


The singer Amy Winehouse appeared as an extra in a "Competitive Dad" sketch when she was 14.

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