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The Fast Show: Just a Load of Blooming Catchphrases

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Summary

Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, John Thomson, Mark Williams and Simon Day lift the lid on how The Fast Show happened and why has become such a cult classic over the past 25 years. There are classic clips galore as well as touching memories of much-missed cast member Caroline Aherne. Plus, some of the series' most popular characters reveal what they've been doing over the years in brand new, specially written pieces.

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Review

“Hi, I’m Ed Winchester!” If that cheery greeting warms your heart, welcome. If you can’t get a tickle in your throat without feeling like Bob Fleming (“Ah, that’s got it…”); if a heatwave for you is always scorchio; if you end stories with “…which was nice” or act like Competitive Dad when collecting rent in Monopoly; or if you just adore Jaaaazz… well, here’s a celebratory clip show that will – sorry – suit you, sir.

The cast are reunited to reflect on a sketch show that created a ridiculous wealth of characters, many of whom get fresh material so we can see what they’re up to now. (Swiss Toni is selling vaping fluids with “the manly smell of a pipe.”)

Sadly, of course, the gang are without Caroline Aherne, who died in 2016: in a moving moment John Thomson as Roy, once the put-upon husband of Aherne’s garrulous Renée, sits bereft on a sofa, looking lost.


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ContributorPaul Whitehouse
ContributorCharlie Higson
ContributorArabella Weir
ContributorJohn Thomson
ContributorMark Williams
ContributorSimon Day

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