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Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge (BBC Two, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber)

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Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge: Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge is a BBC Television series of six episodes, and a Christmas special in 1995. It is named after the song “Knowing Me, Knowing You” by ABBA, which was used as the show’s title music.

Steve Coogan played the incompetent but self-satisfied Norwich-based host, Alan Partridge. Alan was a spin-off character from the spoof radio show On the Hour. Knowing Me Knowing You was written by Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber, with contributions from the regular supporting cast of Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front and David Schneider, who played Alan’s weekly guests. Steve Brown provided the show’s music and arrangements, and also appeared as Glen Ponder, the man in charge of the house band.

The show was a parody of a chat show. It featured a live audience whose laughter meant that viewers could not mistake the show for a real chat show. Alan went on to appear in two series of the sitcom I’m Alan Partridge, following his life after both his marriage and TV career come to an end.

CAST
Steve Coogan Alan Partridge
Patrick Marber Various
Rebecca Front Various
David Schneider Various
Steve Brown Glenn Ponder
Doon Mackichan Various

CREW
Creator Steve Coogan
Music Director Steve Brown
Producer Armando Iannucci
Producer Peter Fincham

GB / BBC Two / 6×30 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 1994-09-16 / Ended: 1994-10-21

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Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner)

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Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned: Baddiel and Skinner unplanned was a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. Its concept was developed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and had a run in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2001.

The show features the two hosts sitting on a couch on-stage and responding to questions from the audience — at times rather seriously, but usually with bizarre digressions into satirical comedy. An audience member is chosen as “Secretary” and has the job of keeping a note of the topics covered on a white board. In practice, the personality of the secretary will also prompt many jokes — usually at his or her expense. At the end of the show, Skinner asks either the secretary or the audience to choose between two song books, and to pick a page number between 1 and 20. This process determines which song is performed by the duo, sung by Skinner with Baddiel accompanying him on piano.

Topics of discussion are wholly mandated by the audience and have ranged from discussions of the war against Iraq and other political events to comments on the latest plot twists of popular soap operas and the Atkins diet. Skinner’s Catholicism and Baddiel’s Jewish faith are also occasional targets of humour.

CAST
David Baddiel
Frank Skinner

GB / ITV / 61×30 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2000-05-28 / Ended: 2005-09-14

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Vanity Fair (ITV, Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman)

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Vanity Fair: In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no one is more determined to climb to the heights of English society than Becky Sharp.

CAST
Olivia Cooke Becky Sharp
Tom Bateman Rawdon Crawley
Claudia Jessie Amelia Sedley
Johnny Flynn William Dobbin
Michael Palin William Makepeace Thackeray
Frances de la Tour Lady Matilda Crawley
Sian Clifford Martha Crawley
Martin Clunes Sir Pitt Crawley

CREW
Creators Gwyneth Hughes
Director James Strong
Director Jonathan Entwistle
Writer Gwyneth Hughes
Novel William Makepeace Thackeray
Producer Julia Stannard
Original Music Composer Isobel Waller-Bridge

GB / ITV / 7×48 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2018-09-02 / Ended: 2018-10-07

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The Long Song (BBC One, Tamara Lawrance, Hayley Atwell)

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The Long Song: Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, we follow the trials, tribulations and survival of plantation slave July and her odious mistress Caroline.

CAST
Tamara Lawrance July
Hayley Atwell Caroline Mortimer
Jack Lowden Robert
Leo Bill John Howarth
Doña Croll July
Lenny Henry Godfrey
Jo Martin Hannah
Ayesha Antoine Molly

CREW
Creators
Novel Andrea Levy
Director of Photography Chloë Thomson



GB / BBC One / 3×180 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2018-12-18 / Ended: 2018-12-20

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