Rik Mayall’s episode of Crackanory to air on Dave next month

The comedian - who died in June aged 56 - reads The Weatherman by Tony Way in an episode to be shown on Wednesday 24 September

Rik Mayall’s final TV appearance on adult storytelling series Crackanory will air next month, UKTV has confirmed. 


The episode, which sees the late comedian read The Weatherman by Tony Way, will broadcast on Dave on Wednesday 24 September at 10pm. 

The above image sees Mayall – who died in June aged 56 – during filming of Dave’s adult version of kids’ show Jackanory, flipping his signature two-finger salute. 

Channel bosses had previously said Mayall’s episode would only air with the consent of his family and agent. His 15-minute story will now be broadcast alongside a story read by Vic Reeves called In Space No One Can Hear You Clean. 

Mayall first rose to fame as Rik in the hit BBC comedy The Young Ones. He followed this up with his two-hander Bottom with his comedy partner and old university friend Ade Edmondson, as well as roles as the priapic Flashheart in Blackadder series two and four, and odious Tory MP Alan B’Stard in the ITV comedy The New Statesman. He was most recently seen playing Greg Davies’ unhinged father on Channel 4’s Man Down. 

His appearance on Crackanory follows the memorable reading of George’s Marvellous Medicine he delivered on Jackanory in the 1980s, which attracted a slew of complaints from parents but has since been voted a top children’s television moment in a Channel 5 poll.