The Last Leg. Image shows from L to R: Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Hills. Copyright: Open Mike Productions
The Last Leg

The Last Leg

  • TV chat show
  • Channel 4
  • 2012 - 2021
  • 265 episodes (23 series)

Weekly live topical comedy chat with Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker - three guys with four legs between them.

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The Last Leg: Live From Rio, Episode 1 - Welcome To Rio

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker get back to their roots of Paralympic punditry to introduce the most entertaining sporting extravaganza known to humanity.

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Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker get back to their roots of Paralympic punditry to introduce the most entertaining sporting extravaganza known to humanity.

The first of 11 nightly shows from Rio, this episode is a celebration of all that was mind-blowing about London 2012 while teeing up what will be unmissable in Rio 2016 ahead of tonight's Opening Ceremony. The #isitok feature returns enabling viewers, and athletes alike, to ask the questions we're all too afraid to ask.

The boys chat to C4's Paralympic presenters: Clare Balding, Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte, Ade Adepitan, Arthur Williams, JJ Chalmers, Sophie Morgan and Brazilian footballing legend Pele while also checking in on some of the show's favourite Superhumans of 2012.

Notes

This episode was broadcast without credits.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 7th September 2016
Time
8pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
Adam Hills Host / Presenter
Josh Widdicombe Regular Panellist
Alex Brooker Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Clare Balding Guest
RJ Mitte Guest
Ade Adepitan Guest
Arthur Williams Guest
JJ Chalmers Guest
Sophie Morgan Guest

Videos

Alex Brooker's Odd Advice

Alex Brooker has a weird way of inspiring GB Paralympians ahead of Rio 2016.

Featuring: Alex Brooker.

Adam Hills' Inspiring Words

Adam Hills vows to die his hair in the colours of the Union Jack if Team GB beat the Australian's medal tally.

Featuring: Adam Hills.

Press

Before the Paralympic opening ceremony - oddly uncaptivating Brazilian music and dance, saved by the disabled pianist João Carlos Martins and (again) the stadium's digital floor - there was much delight to be had in The Last Leg: Live from Rio, in which Channel 4 trumped in two hours the BBC's recent 17 or whatever weeks of coverage by being in possession of 1) a tiny budget; 2) a refreshing lack of deference; and 3) a grown-up sense of humour.

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdecombe had great gags, winning gags, about disability and even about the flight over to Rio: ribald laughter about leg-room, and hand-space in the overhead lockers, and the fact that it was the safest plane that had ever flown - "we had all the shooters". Clare Balding, who has had a deserved couple of weeks back in Britain to check her bank account - don't get me wrong, she's lovely and deserves every tin groat - looked, on The Last Leg sofa, both shocked and delighted. Almost as if she might be allowed, in the next 10 days, to talk not about heroes or legends, but just about humans.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 11th September 2016

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