Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!

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Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show
Mr Hell Titles.jpg
Genre Animated comedy
Created by David Freedman
Alan Gilbey
Written by Joel Jessup
Hugh MacLeod
Simon Blackwell
Roger Drew
Will Smith
Colin Yardley
Joe Dator
Nick Ostler
Olly Smith
Directed by Andy Bartlett
John Pagan
Tim Stuby
Rob Boutilier
Michael Grimshaw
Keith Ingham
Paul Boyd
Starring Bob Monkhouse
Paul Dobson
Philip Maurice Hayes
Scott McNeil
Gerard Plunkett
Tabitha St. Germain
Michael Dobson
Nicole Oliver
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
Graham Andrews
Ellie King
Pauline Newstone
Sally Grace
Catherine Woods
Jonathan Lloyd Walker
Cathy Weseluck
Music by Mark Sayer-Wade
Country of origin United Kingdom
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Christopher J. Brough
Gareth Edwards
David Freedman
Alan Gilbey
Myfanwy Moore
Jon Plowman
Producer(s) J. Falconer
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Peafur Productions and Sextant Entertainment Group
Release
Original network BBC Two (UK)
Original release 28 October 2001 (2001-10-28) – 18 February 2002 (2002-02-18)

Aaagh! It's the Mr Hell Show is a British-Canadian animated comedy television show that aired on BBC Two from 28 October 2001 to 18 February 2002. The show was created by David Freedman and Alan Gilbey after the greeting card line about a painfully honest demon created by cartoonist Hugh MacLeod. The basic format was a series of sketches linked by the eponymous Mr. Hell, a Satan-esque host voiced by comedian Bob Monkhouse - the last series before his death in 2003.

Notable characters in the series include Josh, voiced by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, who attempts to start a discussion about reincarnation before getting inevitably killed, and Serge the fashion industry seal of death (an anthropomorphic seal), who wants to take revenge on the fashion industry for killing his parents. Mr. Hell also regularly has his own sketches, some featuring his illegitimate son Damien, the son of Mr. Hell and Angela an angel.

Episodes[edit]

Episode
no.
Title Original airdate
1 "Mr Hell Moves In" 28 October 2001 (2001-10-28)
Mr. Hell discusses the 'C' word - Commitment. We slowly meet Champion The Wonder Snail, and tempt a lawsuit as we spoof four lovable teens and their ever-hungry hound, as they discover that not all ghosts are harmless caretakers.
2 "Edukashun" 4 November 2001 (2001-11-04)
See a man cut off his own eyelids with scissors... and laugh! See Mr Hell go to a school and the Victorian Lady Detective go to pot. Well, opium actually.
3 "Triple Indemnity Squared" 11 November 2001 (2001-11-11)
We learn to trust a worm, get Jurasskicked by a silly dinosaur rapper and Mr. Hell meets his match. John if you're reading this, I've still got your wife.
4 "From Here to Paternity" 18 November 2001 (2001-11-18)
Mr Hell meets his long lost son, the Victorian Lady Detective meets Jack the Ripper and Josh The Reincarnation Guy meets his maker again... and again... and again.
5 "Big Buzznizz" 3 December 2001 (2001-12-03)
More seal slaughtering from Serge, some singing corpses and Mr. Hell finally gets a job. Scorpios - this month is a bad one for you. Stay in.
6 "Right Royal Rain Rin Re Rass/Mr. Hell Takes Buckingham Palace" 9 December 2001 (2001-12-09)
Our hero mounts the British throne and Serge The Seal mounts other things. Plus "Wolicking wizards, its Harry Nutter!" This weeks winning numbers were 7, 23 and 89. The winning colour was Teal.
7 "Hellathon" 16 December 2001 (2001-12-16)
Give! Give! Give! It's the Hellathon Special! Make your pledge now on 666-666-6667 (all calls charged at local rates and the loss of your immortal soul.) Plus Serge The seal meets the true spirit of Christmas, and shoots it.
8 "The Animation Special" 6 January 2002 (2002-01-06)
Mr. Hell takes us on a guided history of animation, gets annoyed at the budgets of other shows and tortures stick figures. Plus the horror story Oscar Wilde would have penned if he hadn't been so talented; the bone chilling, butt jiggling tale of 'the Photocopy Of Dorian Gray's Arse'.
9 "Run Like Hell" 13 January 2002 (2002-01-13)
Serge The Seal Of Death decimates London Fashion Week, the serial killer who keeps changing his gimmick strikes again and Mr Hell wakes up with an election... and other bad puns.
10 "Prince Not So Charming" 20 January 2002 (2002-01-20)
This week things get pretty Grimm, as Mr. Hell teaches us that fairy tales can come true, but not for you. Plus Thomas The Tank, Tommy Tomorrow, The Telltale Phone and other things beginning with T.
11 "Deep Thought - or - Shallow Hell" 28 January 2002 (2002-01-28)
Mr. Hell ponders life's deep philosophical questions and makes more nob gags. Plus Serge The Seal meets Karlsberg Lagertop. This week's secret word is 'Trebor.' Mark Katz, you owe me a phone call
12 "Blinded By Science And Rosy Palmer" 11 February 2002 (2002-02-11)
Mr. Hell investigates the fascinating intellectual world of science and makes some nob gags. Plus, for all you pet lovers, we release laboratory animals into the wild and then watch them suffer.
13 "The Seven Ages... Of Parties" 18 February 2002 (2002-02-18)
Unlucky for some - every third viewer of this show will be bit by a doberman. But for the rest of you its all fun as Mr. Hell gatecrashes the parties of your life. Break open a beer and belch with us to celebrate the last show!

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leo Awards 2001 Winners". Leo Awards. Archived from the original on 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  2. ^ "WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Past Winners". WorldFest. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 

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