1 9 8 9 – 1 9 9 3 (UK)
24 x 30 minute episodes
This anarchic and surreal sketch show – a sort of latter day Monty Python in tartan – derived from the Scottish school of alternative comedy. The show starred Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty, Moray Hunter, Gordon Kennedy and John Sparkes.
Although it featured skits, animation and spoofed-up songs, its particular forte was its regular gallery of invented characters: Little Girl (“yes, it’s twue”), rabid nationalist McGlashen, the Stoneybridge parish council, melodious Mr Muzak, anorak Calum Gilhooley (“All English are pooves”), disaster-prone DIY expert Denzil, and scatological Frank Hovis (these two characters performed by Welsh team-member John Sparkes) – with Hovis coming complete with tips on how to cure a chapped anus.
The creations Donald McDiarmid and George McDiarmid (‘two friends with but a single surname’) – created by Jack Docherty and Moray Hunter – even enjoyed their own spin-off show, Mr Don and Mr George in 1993.
Since Absolutely, Gordon Kennedy progressed to such lesser things as co-hosting The National Lottery Live.