The Fast Show Special

The Fast Show Special

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Review

It‘s been a while since lovably awkward pair Ted and Ralph appeared on our screens, but this isn’t quite the new dawn it might seem. As die-hard Fast Show fans will know, Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse et al revived the characters for an online-only lager-sponsored series (cheers, Foster’s) that started in 2011. Here, those sketches are broadcast for the first time on actual TV to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary.

So there’s another chance to see Rowley Birkin QC burble his way through an incomprehensible anecdote (which can only end one way) and we pay a fresh visit to Jazz Club (“Nnnice!”) to see an over-the-hill crooner. Best of all, for those who fondly remember generic cop show Inspector Monkfish, John Actor is back, this time as “a tough uncompromising butler”.

(Photo ©Tyson Benton)

Summary

The first of two programmes in which Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, Simon Day, John Thomson and Caroline Aherne reunited to mark both the show's 20th anniversary and 50 years of BBC Two, with a host of comedy sketches featuring characters old and new. Ted and Ralph investigate Twitter, Rowley Birkin QC talks about something or other, and a veteran crooner with memory problems appears on Jazz Club. Plus, in a spoof of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, a new butler arrives.

Cast & Crew

Actor Paul Whitehouse
Actor Charlie Higson
Actor John Thomson
Actor Simon Day
Actor Arabella Weir
Actor Caroline Aherne
Actor Rhys Thomas
Actor Lucy Montgomery
Actor Helen Clyro
Actor Hayley Steele
Actor Lizzie Lydall
Director Paul Whitehouse
Director Charlie Higson
Producer Paul Whitehouse
Producer Charlie Higson
Producer Ali Carron
Writer Paul Whitehouse
Writer Charlie Higson
Writer Simon Day
Writer Caroline Aherne
Writer John Thomson
Writer Arabella Weir
Writer Rhys Thomas
Writer Brendan O'Casey
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Comedy