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Rushton’s Illustrated

1 9 8 0 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes

This short-lived ITV comedy show aired on Monday evenings in February and March 1980 and starred comedian, cartoonist, singer, Private Eye cofounder and former TW3 star Willie Rushton.

Rushton was accompanied by Roy Kinnear, Hugh Paddick, John Junkin, Caroline Villiers and chums through sketches about a mind-reading bear called Piddington; Jewish agent Sol Zen (“Hello already?”); a British political horror musical called Werewolf on the Titanic and a journey on the Common Market spacecraft Europrobe 1, captained by Captain Charlie Orange Foxtrot Tango.

Although the cast worked hard, the show didn’t really catch on.

Willie Rushton
Roy Kinnear
Richard O’Brien
Hugh Paddick
Caroline Villiers
Norman Chappell
John Junkin