Comedy Connections

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Comedy Connections
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Narrated by Julia Sawalha
Doon Mackichan
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 47 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mike Bolland (Series 1-2)
Gary Chippington (Series 3)
Alan Tyler (Series 4-)
Toby Stevens (Director)
Running time 30 minutes
(series 1 to 3)
40 minutes
(series 4 to 6)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 9 June 2003 – 8 November 2008
External links
Website

Comedy Connections was a BBC One documentary series produced by BBC Scotland that aired from 2003 to 2008. The show looked at the stories behind the production of some of Britain's comedy television programmes, showing how they tied in with the production of other comedy shows (hence "connections"). The show featured interviews with some of the cast and crew of the subject programme, as well as footage from the series.

Comedy Connections mostly documented BBC comedies and sitcoms, although two programmes have been from ITV (three counting Men Behaving Badly which moved from ITV to the BBC after two series) and two from Channel 4.

The first series consisted of six episodes, however the rest of the series consist of eight episodes each, the first two series were narrated by Julia Sawalha, however the rest of the series were narrated by Doon Mackichan.

Series summary[edit]

Series Episodes Air Date
Series 1 6 9 June - 14 July 2003
Series 2 8 21 June - 30 August 2004
Series 3 8 21 February - 11 April 2005
Series 4 8 6 March - 8 May 2006
Series 5 8 12 January - 2 March 2007
Series 6 8 18 July - 4 September 2008

Episodes[edit]

The first two series were narrated by Julia Sawalha and the third series onwards by Doon Mackichan.

Series 1 (2003)[edit]

Overall # Ep # Title Airdate Notes
1 1 Porridge 9 June 2003
2 2 The Good Life 16 June 2003
3 3 Are You Being Served? 23 June 2003
4 4 Men Behaving Badly 30 June 2003
5 5 Butterflies 7 July 2003
6 6 Only Fools and Horses 14 July 2003

Series 2 (2004)[edit]

Overall # Ep # Title Air date Notes
7 1 The Goodies 21 June 2004
8 2 Birds of a Feather 28 June 2004
9 3 Father Ted 12 July 2004 Featured as a special feature on the DVD box-set.
10 4 The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin 18 July 2004 Featured as a special feature on the DVD box-set.
11 5 Keeping Up Appearances 26 July 2004 Featured as a special feature on the US Collectors Edition DVD box-set, Australian Life lessons from Onslow DVD and Full Bouquet DVD box-set Australian releases.
12 6 The Young Ones 2 August 2004
13 7 Hi-de-Hi! 9 August 2004
14 8 Red Dwarf 30 August 2004 This episode was the last to be narrated by Julia Sawalha and was included as a special feature on the Red Dwarf Series 8 DVD.

Series 3 (2005)[edit]

Overall # Ep # Title Airdate Notes
15 1 Monty Python's Flying Circus 21 February 2005 Doon Mackichan becomes narrator from this episode
16 2 Spitting Image 28 February 2005
17 3 Three of a Kind 7 March 2005
18 4 Harry Enfield's Television Programme 14 March 2005
19 5 Goodness Gracious Me 21 March 2005
20 6 Not the Nine O'Clock News 28 March 2005
21 7 A Bit of Fry & Laurie 4 April 2005
22 8 The Two Ronnies 11 April 2005

Series 4 (2006)[edit]

Overall # Ep # Title Airdate Notes
23 1 The Fast Show 6 March 2006 Featured as a special feature on the DVD box-set.
24 2 Dinnerladies 13 March 2006
25 3 Drop the Dead Donkey 20 March 2006
26 4 Shooting Stars 3 April 2006
27 5 To the Manor Born 10 April 2006
28 6 'Allo 'Allo! 24 April 2006
29 7 That Was The Week That Was 1 May 2006
30 8 Ever Decreasing Circles 8 May 2006

Series 5 (2007)[edit]

Overall # Ep # Title Airdate Notes
31 1 One Foot in the Grave 12 January 2007
32 2 Bread 19 January 2007
33 3 It Ain't Half Hot Mum 26 January 2007
34 4 The New Statesman 2 February 2007
35 5 Don't Wait Up 9 February 2007
36 6 The Office 16 February 2007 Featured as a special feature on the 10th Anniversary DVD box-set.
37 7 Just Good Friends 23 February 2007
38 8 Alas Smith and Jones 2 March 2007

Series 6 (2008)[edit]

Overall # Ep # Title Airdate Notes
39 1 Till Death Us Do Part 18 July 2008
40 2 Yes Minister/Yes, Prime Minister 25 July 2008
41 3 The Liver Birds 1 August 2008
42 4 Ripping Yarns 8 August 2008
43 5 Rab C. Nesbitt 15 August 2008
44 6 Sorry! 22 August 2008
45 7 Dad's Army 29 August 2008
46 8 Little Britain 4 September 2008

Special[edit]

Overall # Title Airdate Notes
47 Geoffrey Perkins 8 November 2008 The only special episode based on a person

Spin-offs based on other TV generations[edit]

In 2005, the BBC broadcast Drama Connections, which used the same format, looked at the history of popular British television dramas. However, only one series was made and shown.

In 2007, the BBC broadcast Movie Connections, focusing on popular British films. A second series was broadcast in early 2009.

In 2010, ITV copied the idea for a show called "Drama Trails", narrated by James Nesbitt.

Other show based on the Comedy Connections format[edit]

In 2008, ITV launched their own documentary series under the title Comedy Classics mostly documenting ITV's sitcoms and comedies.

Series 1 (2008)[edit]

External links[edit]