Looking back at the 1970's/80's sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News", which made stars of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith.
A look at sketch show "Goodness Gracious Me"; a spin-off from "The Real McCoy", it soon established itself by reflecting the reality of contemporary British Asian life while observing the conventions of a mainstream sketch comedy show.
Looking at 90's sketch show "Harry Enfield and Chums", with Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Kathy Burke.
A look at 1980's sketch show "Three of a Kind", which introduced Lenny Henry, Tracey Ullman and the much less remembered David Copperfield to TV screens.
Charting the history of some of the best British comedy programs; examining the satirical puppet show "Spitting Image."
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" had its roots in Oxford and Cambridge University shows, under the influence of the "Goons"; interviewees John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle tell the story of what happened in their writing room.
The history of the intergalactic sitcom "Red Dwarf."
The inside story of the holiday camp sitcom "Hi-di-Hi", written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry; interviewees include the two writers and stars Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Nikki Kelly, Jeffrey Holland and David Griffin.
Julia Sawalha looks at "The Young Ones", which in the early 1980's transported a new generation of comedy writers and performers out of the clubs and into the nation's living rooms; with contributions from Nigel Planer, Rik Mayall and Ben Elton.
A look at the sitcom "Keeping up Appearances", including interviews with cast members Clive Swift, Patricia Routledge, Josephine Tewson, David Griffin and Judy Cornwall, as well as writer Roy Clarke.
A look at the classic 1970's sitcom "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin", a vehicle for the late Leonard Rossiter; includes interviews with writer David Nobbs and actors Geoffrey Palmer, John Barron, Sue Nicholls and John Horsley.
A comedy about Catholic priests, set overseas, starring unknown Irish actors and comedians and written by a duo who had never had a sitcom hit before, would became a multi award-winning success.
A look at the Essex girls sitcom "Birds of a Feather", whose stars, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke, first acted together as long ago as 1970; the show's writers, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, came from journalism into the sitcom premier league.
The inside story of 1970's hit show "The Goodies", from the beginnings at the Cambridge Footlights to national stardom; interviews with John Cleese, Jane Asher and the three stars themselves, Bill Oddie, Graham Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.
The attention turns to "Only Fools and Horses" and follows the careers of David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and writer John Sullivan.
"Butterflies" writer Carla Lane admits, for the first time, that the 1970's sitcom was autobiographical; she also reveals her initial doubts about the actor who made Ria Parkinson an icon, Wendy Craig.
The behind-the-screens story of popular sitcom "Men Behaving Badly."
David Croft and John Inman from "Are You Being Served?" are guests.
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, director/producer Sydney Lotterby and members of the cast give the inside story of "Porridge."