Rude Tube

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Rude Tube
Genre Clip show
Presented by Alex Zane
Matt Kirshen (2008)
Opening theme "Trash" by The Whip
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 53 (to January 2014)
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 6 February 2008 (2008-02-06) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Rude Tube is a British television programme broadcast on Channel 4. Most of the programme's episodes have been presented by English comedian Alex Zane[1] who launched the show's pilot episode in February 2008. Comedian Matt Kirshen presented the show's first full series in 2008 on Channel 4 sister channel, E4. Zane returned as host from the show's 2009 New Year special onward.

Format[edit]

Rude Tube is a Clip show with the majority of episodes formatted as a run-down of the 'top internet viral videos', usually with either 100 or 50 clips per episode. Episodes are usually interspersed with interview clips of the viral videos' creators and stars.

Most episodes of Rude Tube are themed, with titles to date including Epic Fails, Rude Tunes, Utter Pranks, Extreme Rides, Daft Stunts, Rude 'lympics, Kick-Ass Animals and Gods of Geek. A New Year special episodes have been broadcast in early January from 2009 to 2014. Christmas special episodes were broadcast in December 2011, 2012 and 2013.

A 20-episode spin-off series, Rude(ish) Tube, was first shown on E4 in 2012.

Broadcast History[edit]

Pilot (Channel 4)[edit]

Rude Tube was first broadcast on Channel 4 as a pilot episode on 6 February 2008, presented by Alex Zane. The pilot attracted 2.5 million viewers, aired in a Friday primetime slot, with a 10.8% share of UK TV viewers.[2][3]

Series 1 (E4)[edit]

A full series followed later in the year. It was presented by Matt Kirshen and broadcast on Channel 4's free-to-view digital channel E4. The 6-episode series began airing in November 2008.

Series 2-7 and Specials (Channel 4)[edit]

A special episode entited Rude Tube 2009 was broadcast on Channel 4 on 2 January 2009, with Alex Zane returning as host.[4] Zane would remain the show's main host for all future Channel 4 episodes. Rude Tube 2009 featured the 'top 50 viral video clips on the web' as rated by number of views in 2008. The series was followed by a second New Year special, broadcast on 2 January 2009.

A second series, known as Rude Tube III was broadcast on Channel 4 in October 2009 and featured three new 60-minute episodes. The series was followed by a third New Year special, broadcast on 3 January 2010.

A third series, Rude Tube IV commenced in October 2010 and ran for 6 episodes, followed by the fourth New Year special, broadcast on 7 January 2011. The special episode featured 100 clips, which were a combination of 50 highlights from Rude Tube IV and 50 new clips.

A fourth full series of the show featured eight new episodes and aired on Channel 4 from September to November 2011. This was followed by the first Rude Tube Christmas special - a countdown of 50 Christmas themed clips which will air on Christmas Day at 10pm on Channel 4. The Christmas special was followed by the fifth New Year special, broadcast on 6 January 2012.

A new series of six episodes began in September 2012, with the show's second Christmas special and sixth New Year special splitting the series, which concluded in early 2013. A further 15 episodes were broadcast in 2013, concluding with the third Christmas special on 27 December. A seventh New Year special followed on 3 January 2014. Comedian Johnny Vegas guest starred with Zane as the voice of the 'talking computer' on some of the 2012 and 2013 episodes[5]

Rude(ish) Tube (E4)[edit]

Known as 'Rude Tube's little sister', Rude(ish) Tube is a 20-episode series of clips described as 'very cheeky - if a bit less rude'. The series is broadcast on E4.[6]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (06 February 2008)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Rude Tube

Series One (05 November to 17 December 2008)[edit]

Broadcast on E4, presented by Matt Kirshen

  • Pranks And Stunts
  • Freaky Skills And Geeky Thrills
  • Celebrity And Wannabe
  • Naughty and Naked
  • Animals and Kids
  • Drink And Drugs

New Year Special (02 January 2009)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Rude Tube 2009

Series Two (09 to 23 October 2009)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Heroes and Villains
  • All Things Weird and Wonderful
  • Superstars of the Web

New Year Special (03 January 2010)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Rude Tube 2010

Series Three (05 October to 17 November 2010)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Epic Fails
  • Animal Madness
  • Ultimate Champions
  • Total Stunts
  • Rude Tunes
  • Viral Ads

New Year Special (7 January 2011)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Rude Tube 2011

Series Four (12 September to 14 November 2011)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Mashed 'n' Mixed
  • Total Fails
  • Epic Skills
  • Utter Pranks
  • Love Bytes
  • Ultimate Stunts
  • Rude Zoo
  • Extreme Rides

Christmas & New Year Specials (2011-2012)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Epic Christmas (25 December 2011)
  • New Year with Rude Tube 2012 (6 January 2012)

Series Five (part one, 10 September to 02 October 2012)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Utter Fails
  • Animal Anarchy
  • Serious Skills
  • Daft Stunts

Christmas & New Year Specials (2012-2013)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Christmas Cracker (25 December 2012)
  • Welcome to 2013 (11 January 2013)

Series Five (part two, 17 to 24 January 2013)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Totally Mashed
  • Complete Prankers

Series Six (23 July to 27 August 2013)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Web Stars
  • WTF?!?
  • Rom Dot Com
  • Dumb and Dangerous
  • Rude 'lympics
  • Bad Trips

Series Seven (08 September to 27 October 2013)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • World of Fail
  • Kick-Ass Animals
  • Badass Stunts
  • Mashed Up
  • Super Pranks
  • Internet Incredibles
  • Gods of Geek
  • Web Celebs

Christmas & New Year Specials (2013-2014)[edit]

Broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Alex Zane

  • Christmas Cracker 2013 (27 December 2013)
  • Welcome to 2014 (3 January 2014)

Releases[edit]

  • Alex Zane presents The Best of Rude Tube (2011, DVD, 158 minutes, Acorn Media)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Programme Highlights: February 2008". Programming: C4. Channel 4. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ Darren Davidson (2008-02-18). "C4's Rude Tube beats new ITV dramas with 2.5m viewers". Media. Brand Republic. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  3. ^ Paul Whitelaw (2008-02-18). "How the shirt on your back may break theirs". Living: TV review. The Scotsman. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  4. ^ Radio Times
  5. ^ "Rude Tube Episode Guide". 
  6. ^ "Rude(ish) Tube Episode Guide". 

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