Beadle's About

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Beadle's About!
Genre Comedy
Format Prank show
Presented by Jeremy Beadle
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 10
No. of episodes 94 (inc. 20 specials)
Production
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3, PAL 576i
Original run 22 November 1986 (1986-11-22) – 14 September 1996 (1996-09-14)
Chronology
Related shows Game for a Laugh

Beadle's About! was a British television programme hosted by Jeremy Beadle, where members of the public became victims of practical jokes behind hidden cameras. It was produced by LWT for ITV, and ran on Saturday nights from 22 November 1986 to 14 September 1996.

Format[edit]

An example of one of the practical jokes would involve someone's car or van secretly being swapped for an identical one, and then, having a disaster befall it, such as exploding, falling into the sea, or being dropped from a great height, as the owner of the vehicle looked on in horror. After a few minutes, Beadle would appear in disguise (typically, as a policeman or some other figure of authority, and often wearing a fake beard on top of his natural beard), and interact with the shell-shocked and/or irate victim. He would subtly drop more and more hints and would remove his disguise and point a stick microphone at the person. As the public were familiar with Beadle from the earlier show Game for a Laugh, they would then immediately realise they had been had, often with the words "I don't believe it!". A follow up series was entitled 'It's Beadle!' which followed a similar format.[1]

Memorable pranks[edit]

One of the most notable pranks was where Dorset resident Janet Elford was convinced into believing that aliens had landed in her garden. Members of the public were set up by a resident team of Beadle's About! actors including: Pam Cole, Ricky Diamond, Tony McHale and Nicholas Young.[2]

Popularity[edit]

At its peak, the show attracted approximately 15 million viewers, making it one of ITV's most popular Saturday night programmes during that period.[3]

Profanity bubble[edit]

The "Bleep!" or "Oops!" bubble used to block out offensive language was a well known feature from the show. The bubbles were simply clouds with either "Bleep!" or "Oops!" in them, the text being set in a font looking similar to the Balloon typeface. These were also used to cover up offensive hand gestures as well.

Jeremy once revealed in an interview that during editing, they deliberately inserted "bleeps" where there were no profanities as this made it funnier.

DVD releases[edit]

The first two series of Beadle's About! have been released on DVD by Network DVD.

DVD Title Discs Year Episodes Release date
Region 2
Complete Series 1 1 1986 6 28 March 2011
Complete Series 2 1 1987 8 2 April 2012

Transmissions[edit]

Original series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
22 November 1986
27 December 1986
6
2
5 September 1987
24 October 1987
8
3
22 October 1988
17 December 1988
9
4
16 September 1989
2 December 1989
11
5
15 September 1990
24 November 1990
11
6
22 September 1991
22 December 1991
10
7
10 October 1992
26 December 1992
10
8
29 October 1993
12 February 1994
10
9
11 March 1995
13 May 1995
10
10
29 June 1996
14 September 1996
9

Specials[edit]

Show name Original airdate
Highlights Special: Part 1
9 December 1989
Highlights Special: Part 2
16 December 1989
Highlights Special: Part 3
8 September 1990
Highlights Special: Part 4
8 December 1990
Highlights Special: Part 5
15 December 1990
Highlights Special: Part 6
30 December 1990
Highlights Special: Part 7
27 December 1991
Highlights Special: Part 8
22 February 1992
Highlights Special: Part 9
18 April 1992
Highlights Special: Part 10
5 December 1992
Highlights Special: Part 11
3 April 1993
Highlights Special: Part 12
10 April 1993
Highlights Special: Part 13
18 April 1993
Highlights Special: Part 14
21 August 1993
Highlights Special: Part 15
4 September 1993
Highlights Special: Part 16
11 September 1993
Highlights Special: Part 17
19 February 1994
Highlights Special: Part 18
24 June 1994
Highlights Special: Part 19
12 August 1994
Beadle Late
25 August 1996

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