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Very British Problems

Channel 4 comedy. 7 episodes (2 series), 2015 - 2016. Stars Stephen Mangan, Romesh Ranganathan, Bob Mortimer, Catherine Tate, Danny Dyer, Jack Whitehall, Rebecca Front and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Other People

This first episode examines the root cause of most Very British Problems: other people.

Further details

From having no idea what to say or do as an acceptable greeting, to spending 20 minutes saying goodbye to each other, the British have an inherent inability to talk to or interact like ordinary humans.

What are the unwritten rules of small talk? How many times is it acceptable to ask someone to repeat themselves before you just have to nod and hope for the best?

What does James Corden really mean when he offers to help wash up? What caused Jonathan Ross to accidentally start speaking in an American accent? What does Ruth Jones say as a way of telling people she wants them to go home? And why does Johnny Vegas have a pathological fear of shaking hands?

Broadcast details

Thursday 13th August 2015
Channel 4
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Stephen Mangan Self
Paul Chowdhry Self
Johnny Vegas Self
James Corden Self
Vic Reeves Self
Nigel Havers Self
Rich Hall Self
Ruth Jones Self
Tameka Empson Self
Jocelyn Jee Esien Self
Jonathan Ross Self
Andrew Flintoff (as Freddie Flintoff) Self
Rob Beckett Self
Grace Dent Self
Francesca Martinez Self
Aisling Bea Self
Roisin Conaty Self
Jimmy Akingbola Self
Susan Calman Self
Alex Brooker Self
Josh Widdicombe Self
Richard Bacon Self
Nathan Caton Self
Julie Walters Narrator
Guest cast
Jean Barker (as Baroness Trumpington) Self
Writing team
Lee Stuart Evans Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Lorry Powles Director
Kate Staples Series Producer
Chris Fouracre Executive Producer


Saying goodbye

Stephen Mangan, James Corden and Rich Hall consider the British inability to end a conversation.

Featuring: Stephen Mangan, James Corden, Rich Hall.

Make yourself at home

James Corden and Freddie Flintoff dissect the phrase "make yourself at home".

Featuring: James Corden, Freddie Flintoff.

Have a nice day

Nigel Havers and Rich Hall discuss use of the phrase "have a nice day" in Britain.

Featuring: Nigel Havers, Rich Hall.

Not hearing someone

Jocelyn Jee Esien and Tameka Empson discuss those awful situations where you can't quite hear someone.

Featuring: Tameka Empson, Jocelyn Jee Esien.

Small talk

Vic Reeves finds small talk very awkward indeed.

Featuring: Vic Reeves.


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