The Fast Show

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‘Suit you, sir!’ – how we made The Fast Show, with Paul Whitehouse and Simon Day
‘The tailors were based on a guy who worked in a shop I went to as a teenager. His hand would go into your waistband and he’d say, “Oooh – a bit roomy in there!” My mum never liked those sketches’

Interviews by Henry Yates

26, Sep, 2022 @2:43 PM

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Charlie Higson: ‘Vic Reeves Big Night Out is the funniest show I’ve ever seen’
The actor, author, comedian and former singer on the things that make him laugh the most

16, Apr, 2021 @1:00 PM

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'Lockdown? Suit you, sir!' The Fast Show characters on the Covid era
How are Swiss Toni, Ron Manager and a very drunk Rowley Birkin QC handling life in 2020? As The Fast Show returns for a special, its characters talk masks, pronouns and Meghan Markle

Questions by Rich Pelley, answers by Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse and Simon Day

27, Aug, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Charlie Higson: 'The Fast Show was never meant to offend'
As he reprises his Swiss Toni persona, the comedian and author explains his jam-packed lockdown schedule, and why sketch shows are risky business

Stuart Heritage

01, Jun, 2020 @12:51 PM

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The Fast Show returns to TV for one-off special. Nice
Stars of 90s comedy favourite to reunite for ‘retrospective with a twist’

Hannah J Davies

09, Mar, 2020 @7:57 PM

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Arabella Weir on her aggressively unhappy mother: ‘In my memory, she got rid of me’
The actor and comedian has been a fixture on British TV for more than two decades. Now, in her first one-woman show, she unpicks the difficult maternal relationship that shaped her

Emine Saner

08, Jul, 2019 @5:00 AM

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‘We’re working on the reunion’: Smack the Pony comeback
Two decades after the cult sketch show first aired, its creators discuss its inception, near-death experiences and why they were the Spice Girls of turn-of-the-century comedy

Ellen E Jones

21, Jan, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Catchphrase comedy is dead. Am I bovvered?
The former head of BBC comedy claims catchphrases are out of fashion. But as Corporal Jones might say, ‘Don’t panic!’ There’s life in sloganeering yet

Brian Logan

18, Sep, 2018 @4:34 PM

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Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse on World Cup midges and ageing gracefully
The comedians, who are teaming up for a new unscripted series about fishing, answered your questions about Jacob Rees-Mogg, a ‘vegan fishing’ episode and forming a Bollywood cover band

Gwilym Mumford

20, Jun, 2018 @1:04 PM

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Jazzman John Thomson's guide to jazz: 'If you can’t swing, you’ve got no soul'
He spent six years lampooning jazz as The Fast Show’s Louis ‘Niiiice’ Balfour. But the actor actually loves the music. He recalls the ‘Ceefax jazz’ that first got him hooked

John Thomson

11, Nov, 2016 @6:36 PM

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Charlie Higson hands Fast Show scripts to UEA literary archive
Young Bond author was going to throw away manuscripts that will now sit alongside works by JD Salinger and Doris Lessing

Dalya Alberge

10, Sep, 2016 @11:05 PM

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John Thomson’s favourite TV: ‘I want Bungle to die!’
The Fast Show and Cold Feet star on his love of Hannibal and magic and his childhood hatred of a certain speaking bear

Gwilym Mumford

12, Oct, 2015 @11:00 AM

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