A Kick Up The Eighties

1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 2 (UK)
18 x 30 minute episodes

This sketch show from BBC Scotland mined the same iconoclastic post-punk humour as Not The Nine O’Clock News and Who Dares Wins.

It featured a host of up-and-coming talent, including Tracey Ullman and Robbie Coltrane, but  Rik Mayall’s monologues as opinionated, brain-dead Brummie Kevin Turvey achieved immortality.

Several sketches concerned topical (at the time) subjects such as the Cold War, the prospect of nuclear war, unemployment, sexual equality, and even the boom in home video entertainment.

The anchor man was the rather Old Turk-ish Richard Stilgoe. Writers included Rab C.Nesbitt author Ian Pattison, and Doug Naylor and Rob Grant, creators of Red Dwarf.

Rik Mayall
Richard Stilgoe
Tracey Ullman
Robbie Coltrane
Miriam Margoyles
Ron Bain
Roger Sloman