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Neil Jones4,470 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Really weird to see a Carlton ident before TV Burp though… I associate the show with post-consolidation ITV. Incredible really how long this show was on the air before anyone really gave much notice to it.


Might have something to do with it that it didn't appear pre-watershed until the third or fourth series. But even then as you say it took ages to get noticed even when it was thrown into Saturday night peak time which is actually quite incredible. Sandwiching it between X Factor and IIRC You've Been Framed (when it ran over the Christmas period) gave the show a considerable boost.
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Richard843 posts since 22 Apr 2012
Granada North West Today
Always loved TV Burp. That pilot episode was particularly good.

I agree about the Carlton ident.

Something similar was the first series of Millionaire which was broadcast when the 1989 ITV logo was still in use and had a “Carlton presentation for ITV” endcap. Episodes on YouTube seem to have this cut off however.
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russty_russ68 posts since 17 Feb 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
Always loved TV Burp. That pilot episode was particularly good.

I agree about the Carlton ident.

Something similar was the first series of Millionaire which was broadcast when the 1989 ITV logo was still in use and had a “Carlton presentation for ITV” endcap. Episodes on YouTube seem to have this cut off however.


Another weird one is the first series of I'm A Celeb has an LWT endcap!
DE88533 posts since 8 Jan 2017
UTV Newsline
I'd like to think the real Helen Willetts was amused rather than annoyed by that clip. Wink

This has probably been posted before, but Mel Smith parodying Len Martin. Hope the people of Tranmere weren't too offended. Wink

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Hatton Cross2,918 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
I think it was the 'Remote Controller' - the alias for the tv critic of Private Eye magazine, - who said one of the issues that Dead Ringers had, was most sketches where the impressionist directly addressed the camera/viewer all to often started with "Hello I'm ..." or "Good Evening, ..... here" telling you who it was, as if the make-up and the impression wasn't good enough to give a hint for the viewers.

A bit like the Jeremy Corbyn impression on the recent Tracey Ullman series. Make-up/prosthetics absolutely brilliant. Impression, absolutely awful. Since when did Corbyn have a voice and accent like a 1950's gravel voiced east end docker? It was almost a case of "ignore the voice, the make-up will get the sketch past the viewers"
Same with a lot of Dead Ringers tv sketches.
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Inspector Sands12,578 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Same with a lot of the radio ones too, although when a lot of them are obscure Radio 4 presenters then we do need a bit of help.


Dead Ringers is an odd one as I always think it'll be **** and I reluctantly listen to it when it appears on the Friday Night Comedy podcast feed... and then I enjoy it immensely. Its not really the impressions though, the writing is going through a bit of a good patch I think, a shame one of their lost popular characters David Davies probably won't be back
Neil Jones4,470 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
One of the less successful PIFs that seemed to want to complicate the Green Cross Code by SPLINKing it:


Might be useful in today's society in lieu of the fact people are more interested in their phones while walking, not doing the "look left, look right, look left again" thing when crossing a road and then wondering why they get run over by a bus...
fanoftv7,768 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
The original pilot of Harry Hill's TV Burp from 2001:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uizU1JVS-ss

I found this far funnier than I thought it would be for a first episode. It was hilarious - anyone that's got 23 minutes to spare, give it a watch.

Amazing how little changed presentation-wise from this first episode. Theme tune and the 'TV Highlight of the Week' jingle for instance. Even the set and title sequence are mostly the same.

The format obviously evolved over the years - not sure he would have gotten away with the Bin Laden jokes before the watershed. The 'TV Highlight of Week' choice seemed a bit weak, but it's called back to in a sketch later on which is very funny. The "paper review" at the end really made me laugh.

Really weird to see a Carlton ident before TV Burp though… I associate the show with post-consolidation ITV. Incredible really how long this show was on the air before anyone really gave much notice to it.


Absolutely agree with your comments Phil.
From hazy memories I'm sure that this aired pre watershed between Christmas & New Year 2001, it was when commissioned that it came back at 10:30, then moved around the late schedules for the first couple of series before finding it's place on Saturday evenings.