A Kick Up the Eighties

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A Kick Up the Eighties
Starring Robbie Coltrane
Tracey Ullman
Richard Stilgoe
Miriam Margolyes
Rik Mayall
Ron Bain
Roger Sloman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 30 min
Original network BBC1
Original release 21 September 1981

A Kick Up the Eighties was a 1981-1984 BBC 2 sketch show starring Robbie Coltrane, Tracey Ullman, Richard Stilgoe, Miriam Margolyes, Rik Mayall, Ron Bain and Roger Sloman.

The series was created by Tom Gutteridge (producer/director) and Sean Hardie (executive producer).[1] Colin Gilbert was script editor. The show was the first break into television for Rik Mayall,[2] who played the anorak-wearing investigative reporter Kevin Turvey; it was also the start of Tracey Ullman's television comedy career. Peter Capaldi, a trained graphic artist from Scotland, contributed to designing the show's opening sequence prior to launching his own career as an actor. The first series won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Entertainment Programme in 1982.

A compilation episode was broadcast on 31 December 1987, entitled "A Kick Up The Bells".

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  1. ^ "BBC - Comedy Guide - A Kick Up The Eighties". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 21 December 2004. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  2. ^ "BBC News - Obituary: Rik Mayall". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 

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