Comedy Connections

Comedy Connections

2003 - 2006, Comedy
Series charting the history of some of the best British comedy shows.

Episode Guide

  • Comedy Connections - A Bit of Fry and Laurie (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    Sketch show.

  • Comedy Connections - Not the Nine O'Clock News (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Not the Nine O'Clock News

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Goodness Gracious Me (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Goodness Gracious Me

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Harry Enfield and Chums (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Harry Enfield and Chums

    Looking at 90's sketch show "Harry Enfield and Chums", with Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Kathy Burke.

  • Comedy Connections - Three of a Kind (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Three of a Kind

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Spitting Image (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Spitting Image

    Charting the history of some of the best British comedy programs; examining the satirical puppet show "Spitting Image."

  • Comedy Connections - Monty Python's Flying Circus (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    "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.

  • Comedy Connections - Red Dwarf (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Red Dwarf

    The history of the intergalactic sitcom "Red Dwarf."

  • Comedy Connections - Hi-di-hi (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:


    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.

  • Comedy Connections - The Young Ones (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Young Ones

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Keeping Up Appearances (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Keeping Up Appearances

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Father Ted (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Father Ted

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Birds of a Feather (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Birds of a Feather

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - The Goodies (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Goodies

    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.

  • Comedy Connections - Only Fools and Horses (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Only Fools and Horses

    The attention turns to "Only Fools and Horses" and follows the careers of David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and writer John Sullivan.

  • Comedy Connections - Butterflies (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    "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.

  • Comedy Connections - Men Behaving Badly (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Men Behaving Badly

    The behind-the-screens story of popular sitcom "Men Behaving Badly."

  • Comedy Connections - Are You Being Served? (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Are You Being Served?

    David Croft and John Inman from "Are You Being Served?" are guests.

  • Comedy Connections - Porridge (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, director/producer Sydney Lotterby and members of the cast give the inside story of "Porridge."

  • Comedy Connections - Comedy Connections

    Comedy Connections

    Featuring Bandwaggon, Much Binding In The Marsh, Beyond Our Ken, Hancock's Half Hour and Paradise Street.