1 9 8 4 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This six-part series of comedy sketch shows from BBC Scotland featured Robbie Coltrane, John Sessions, Louise Gold and Ron Bain and was, for all intents and purposes, a follow up to A Kick up the Eighties but minus stars such as Rik Mayall and Tracey Ullman.
Robbie Coltrane was on fantastic form as hardline Protestant activist Mason Boyne (who is furious that the local video shop is selling corruptive videos of the Pope’s visit); the aliens of Nimon land on Earth hellbent on capturing a human, but end up with a goat; and the jewel in the crown is The Master of Dundreich, a spoof of period dramas which finds a cruel uncle trying to transform his nephew into a ventriloquist’s dummy.
Elaine C Smith