Drive In (TV program)

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Drive In
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Sketch Comedy
Presented byGianfranco D'Angelo
Ezio Greggio
Enrico Beruschi
Country of originItaly
No. of seasons6
Original networkItalia 1
Picture formatColor
Original releaseOctober 4, 1983 – April 17, 1988

Drive In is an Italian television variety show, broadcast by Italia 1 between 1983 and 1988. It was referred as the most innovative and popular Italian television show of the 1980s.[1]


Created by Antonio Ricci, the show revolutioned Italian TV conventions and languages, proposing a zany, sharp and fast humor, partly imported from the model of the Saturday Night Live.[1] It also proposed a new, different image of the women, more sensual and transgressive.[2] In reason of its high audience ratings, it has a key role in the success of Silvio Berlusconi's Fininvest (now Mediaset).[1][2]

The show launched the careers of several comedians (such as Ezio Greggio, Giorgio Faletti, Francesco Salvi) as well as of a number of showgirls (including Tinì Cansino and Lory Del Santo). It generated a series of imitation programs, several of them also created by the same Antonio Ricci.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Aldo Grasso – Massimo Scaglioni, Enciclopedia della Televisione, Garzanti, Milano, 1996 – 2003, p.215
  2. ^ a b Sandra Puccini. Nude e crudi: femminile e maschile nell'Italia di oggi. Donzelli Editore, 2009. pp. 3–7.
  3. ^ Aldo Grasso. Radio e televisione: teorie, analisi, storie, esercizi. Vita e Pensiero, 2000. p. 182.

Further reading[edit]

  • Joseph Baroni. Dizionario della Televisione. Raffaello Cortina Editore, pp. 139–142. ISBN 88-7078-972-1.