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Born: 13 Feb, 1962
TV Series Starring Hugh Dennis
The Great British Dig: History In Your Garden
In Britain, our towns and cities are a treasure trove of hidden history, with 6,000 years of human habitation encased in the earth beneath our feet. Now, The Great British Dig challenges British communities to get their hands dirty and uncover the history that is, literally, in their back gardens.
Yorkshire Airport follows the remarkable stories and characters at the heart of Leeds Bradford Airport, as it attempts to reinvent itself as one of Britain's most successful regional airports. The series will reveal the behind-the-scenes characters responsible for the smooth running of all things airside; ensuring that aircraft and passengers are boarded and unboarded in the shortest time possible.
From the baggage handlers to maintenance staff, these are the folk who the public don't meet and often for good reason! Their chores can be both diverse and demanding.
Take a trip to a zoo like no other, as Jürgen the silverback and his oddball gang of gorillas reveal a secret world of talking animals. From boisterous wise-guy baboons to beat boxing giant tortoises, penguins with an identity crisis and vegetarian lions - anything is possible!
The series follows The Zoo's colourful cast of animals and their keepers as they go about their daily routine; from the everyday jobs such as clearing up poo and dishing out meals, to major talking points of rumoured new arrivals. With a trusty narrator to delve into the zookeepers' factual take on events, he also able to converse with the animals to uncover their side of the story, revealing comical observations and hilarious misinterpretations of events.
Fast and Loose
Outnumbered and Mock the Week star Hugh Dennis hosts this BBC2 show in which a team of up-and-coming comedians show of their improvisational skills in a range of games and sketches.
A semi-scripted sitcom where two parents have to deal with 3 precocious brats make their own script up in arguments with their parents.
Not Going Out
Sitcom following the jokes, jibes and general misunderstandings of happy-go-lucky Lee, his best mate Tim and the object of Lee's hapless affections, his landlady and Tim's sister Lucy.
Mock the Week
Mock the Week is a political comedy improv show from the producers of Whose Line Is It Anyway? The series features teams of comedians improvising sketches about current political events in a humorous and ofter satirical manner.
George Sunday is a mild-mannered shopkeeper who has an "alter ego". Whenever danger threatens, he changes into the superhero "Thermoman" and rushes off to save the world. One day, Thermoman saves Janet Dawkins from certain death when she falls into the Grand Canyon. He takes a fancy to her and decides that he wants to get to know her better. He tries to get to know her as "George", since he doesn't want her to know about his "alter ego". Things don't go quite according to plan, however. George soon has to reveal to Janet that he's really Thermoman. She accepts him anyway and the two end up living together.
The Mary Whitehouse Experience
The Mary Whitehouse Experience was a UK topical comedy show, both on radio and TV, in the late '80s/early '90s. Its main stars were David Baddiel, Rob Newman, Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
It started in 1989 as a radio show, devised by Bill Dare, on BBC Radio 1. The two pairings of Newman and Baddiel and Punt and Dennis were central to the show - they would later have spin-off television series of their own. Guest performers included Nick Hancock, Jo Brand, Jack Dee, and Mark Thomas.
It had four radio series, building up an audience and moving to better time slots. After the fourth series, it was decided to move the show to television. The television run started in 1990 on BBC 2. It lasted two series, a total of 13 episodes including its pilot. A spin-off book of the show was also published.
The series was a mix of surreal sketches and monologues, in a format similar to shows such as Mr. Show and The Kids in the Hall. (The Kids in the Hall also had a sketch about a character who suffered from a disease that made him sound sarcastic much like this show's character 'Ray', although this appears to be coincidental)
The show was named after Mary Whitehouse, a prominent campaigner against what she saw as a decline in television standards and public morality. She became famous in the UK going after shows like Monty Python's Flying Circus and Doctor Who. She threatened legal action against the show for its name.
The television series has never been released nor repeated by the BBC. Episodes of the radio series have been repeated on BBC 7. An online petition has been set up to lobby the BBC to release the television series on DVD.
A book The Mary Whitehouse Experience Encyclopedia, which was a spin-off of the series containing references to some of the sketches on the show and much new material, was released in 1991.