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Vic Reeves Big Night Out 

Hugely influential, surreal and anarchic parody of the variety show format. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce a selection of eccentric characters. The show often appears to be completely random, ramshackle and nonsensical.
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Series cast summary:
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ...  Various / ... 15 episodes, 1990-1991
Bob Mortimer Bob Mortimer ...  Captain Birdseye / ... 15 episodes, 1990-1991
Fred Aylward Fred Aylward ...  Les 15 episodes, 1990-1991
Charlie Higson ...  Applauding Undertaker / ... 9 episodes, 1990-1991
Emma Cafferty Emma Cafferty ...  Judith Grant 8 episodes, 1990-1991
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Hugely influential, surreal and anarchic parody of the variety show format. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer introduce a selection of eccentric characters. The show often appears to be completely random, ramshackle and nonsensical.

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English

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25 May 1990 (UK) See more »

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(14 episodes)

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Color
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Vic Reeves' Big Night Out began life as a solo comedy show by James Moir in the Goldsmith's Tavern in London in the mid-1980s. Moir met Bob Mortimer during a performance of one of his shows, and they began working together as a double-act. The show, now with Mortimer on board, moved to a bigger venue in Albany Theatre in Deptford in 1989. It began to attract the attention of several comedians, including Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse and Jonathan Ross. Ross' company Channel X, brought the show to Channel 4, which aired as a six-part series in 1990. After attaining a cult following, a second eight-part series was aired in 1991. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Vic Reeves: You wouldn't let it lie!
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Connections

Version of I manegen med Glenn Killing (1992) See more »

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Fantastically surreal
25 April 2009 | by stu531See all my reviews

To me, this is/was the best television programme ever - simple as.

There's something about BNO that has stuck with me since I first saw it in the early nineties. It was cheaply made, a minimal cast, yet for that it was honest and ridiculously hilarious. It has a natural funniness that I've just not seen on anything since - it just didn't try too hard, it was just that funny.

But as a couple of reviewers have said here, either you get it or you don't - there is absolutely no middle ground. You won't 'half' like it. It is truly silly - but intelligent at the same time. Part of its humour is the way lots of different comedy concepts are seamlessly included - verbosity, falling over, sarcasm - it works on many levels. But there you go - I'm over-analysing.

Just watch it; if you don't find it funny, you've lost nothing. But if you do, you might have just discovered what you'll see as the funniest thing ever.


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