Vic Reeves Big Night Out. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, Les (Fred Aylward). Copyright: Channel X
Vic Reeves Big Night Out

Vic Reeves Big Night Out

  • TV sketch show
  • Channel 4
  • 1990 - 1991
  • 15 episodes (2 series)

Cult comedy in which Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer present some very surreal comedy. Also features Fred Aylward, Charlie Higson, Emma Cafferty, Paul Whitehouse, Dudley Freeman and more.

Vic Reeves Big Night Out. Image shows from L to R: Bob Mortimer, Les (Fred Aylward), Vic Reeves. Copyright: Channel X

Key details

Sketch Show
1990 - 1991
Channel 4
15 (2 series), plus 1 live tour special
Vic Reeves, Fred Aylward, Bob Mortimer, Charlie Higson, Emma Cafferty, Paul Whitehouse, Dudley Freeman, Simon Day and Patrick Allen
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
Peter Orton
Peter Orton and Alan Marke

Big Night Out sees a night of surreal entertainment host by Britain's top light entertainer and singer, Vic Reeves. Helped out by his future double-act partner Bob Mortimer and his assistant Les (Fred Aylward) - a bald, mute man who loves spirit levels and is scared of chives - Vic presents a range of different characters, songs and segments.

Starring in the show are the paper-helmet clad man who just, "wouldn't let it lie" The Man With The Stick (and his customary cry: "What's on the end of the stick, Vic?"); TV presenters The Stotts; talent show Novelty Island featuring Vic's nemesis Graham Lister; the twisted kangaroo court of Judge Nutmeg in That's Justice (complete with the hairy "Wheel of Justice"); the ramblers of Tinker's Rucksack; and the childlike and ever so slightly demonic Wavey Davey.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Big Night Out
Camera set-up
Music by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. The musical director in the first series was Mark Narayn and the musical director in the second series was Andy Metcalfe.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 25th May 1990 at 10:30pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 3:35am on Gold
  • Friday 30th November 2018 at 1:35am on Gold
  • Thursday 29th November 2018 at 2:35am on Gold

Recording details

  • Capital Group Studios - Series 2 recorded at Capital Group Studios.
  • Newcastle City Hall - "On Tour" special recorded at Newcastle City Hall.

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