Some weird comedy from the BBC comedy archives that you’ll have no memory of

Look, it’s Bruiser with Martin Freeman!

And here’s Sacha Baron Cohen’s Christo from Comedy Nation, which you also won’t remember!

You can see more on BBC2 tonight, apparently, on The Comedy Vaults: BBC Two’s Hidden Treasure. I’m looking forward to the 1984 Madness, written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis after the band had appeared on The Young Ones. The premise is that Margaret Thatcher was a space alien who had been recalled to Mars – then replaced as Prime Minister by Suggs with his bandmates as the Cabinet, who met in a room above a cafe. Seems plausible.

Less plausible is that was 30 years ago.



  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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