Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive

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Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive
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Rob Brydon & Dave Willson on the set of Annually Retentive for Series 2 Ep. 2
Genre Comedy, parody
Presented by Rob Brydon
Starring Dave Gorman
Jane Moore
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC Three
Picture format 16:9
Original release 11 July 2006 (2006-07-11) – 4 June 2007 (2007-06-04)

Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive is a British television show, first aired on BBC Three in July 2006. Devised by Paul Duddridge, it concerns the making of a comedy panel game show called Annually Retentive, themed around historical events, and hosted by Welsh comedian Rob Brydon. The show is deliberately parodic, as Brydon plays a hyper-realised (and exaggeratedly nasty) version of himself, while the game show blatantly steals ideas from other, similar shows such as Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week and QI.


Its show-within-a-show format is reminiscent of The Larry Sanders Show which explored the blurring of reality and fantasy except with the focus of a talk show as opposed to a panel game. The show cuts between fictionalised scenes that see Brydon and the producers making the panel game, and scenes from the game show itself. These latter segments were filmed in full, as if Annually Retentive were a real show, in front of live audiences at BBC Television Centre who, initially, were not made aware of its intentionally derivative and uninspired nature. A good portion of the game show segments were scripted; however, the panellists were allowed to 'play out' the game as if it were real, and occasionally improvise.[1]

The two team captains are Dave Gorman and Jane Moore.

Each episode was made available to UK viewers to watch on the BBC Three website a week before it aired. A second series began airing on Monday 30 April 2007 at 10.30pm; the 'gameshow' portion was filmed on the 11th and 12 January 2007.

The first series has been released on DVD. The second series was released on 23 November 2009.[2]

The theme tune used is "Reelin' In the Years" by Steely Dan, though on the DVD release the song is replaced with an original piece.

Dave Gorman stated in 2008 that a third series of the show is doubtful.[3] In November 2009, Rob Brydon stated "Never, but you can buy the second series soon" when asked by a Twitter follower when the series would return.[4]

Episodes guide[edit]

Series one[edit]

# Original air date Dave Gorman's team Jane Moore's team Also featuring
1 11 July 2006 Richard Bacon, Gail Porter David Mitchell, Lucy Porter Jonathan Ross
2 18 July 2006 Steve Furst, John Inverdale Alistair McGowan, Dominik Diamond David Walliams
3 25 July 2006 Josie D'Arby, Robert Webb Russell Brand, Marcus Brigstocke
4 1 August 2006 Boyd Hilton, Ronni Ancona Jo Brand, Paul Foot Kirsten O'Brien, Dave Chapman
5 8 August 2006 Alexei Sayle, Dave Berry Omid Djalili, Bob Mills Elton John, Dave Chapman
6 15 August 2006 Trisha Goddard, Rob Deering Gyles Brandreth, Sue Perkins

Series two[edit]

# Original air date Dave Gorman's team Jane Moore's team Also featuring
1 30 April 2007 Rhys Thomas, Abi Titmuss Richard Herring, Jimmy Carr Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford
2 7 May 2007 Dave WillsonA, Phil Hammond Jennie Bond, Chris Corcoran Claudia Winkleman, Anton du Beke
3 14 May 2007 Richard Park, Olivia Lee Griff Rhys Jones, Paul Ross Rhys Ifans
4 21 May 2007 James Corden, Hal Cruttenden Robin Ince, Dave Johns Jimmy Carr
5 28 May 2007 Frankie Boyle, Kate Lawler Russell Howard, Rory Bremner Tim Key
6B 4 June 2007 Rufus Hound, Kirsten O'Brien Mathew Horne, Jeremy Edwards

^A Dave Wilson is a member of the BBC Studios lighting team who stood in for June Sarpong after she failed to appear.
^B For episode 2.6, the usual gameshow format was changed to show Brydon appearing in a mock episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? series. This episode opens with the end credits of an episode of the gameshow.

Regular cast[edit]


Previewing a rerun of the first series, Ed Potton of The Times found that the series "provides the perfect platform for host Brydon, playing a demonic version of himself, to mimic (often hilariously) and abuse (often brutally) his guests".[5] Ahead of the second series, Mark Wright of The Stage called the show an "acquired taste", but appreciated "the nonsense that is the panel quiz that successfully apes some of the nonsense panel games we are subjected to for real."[6] He concluded, "[it is] one of the most intriguing comedies to come out of BBC3, and one that easily deserves a third commission."[7]


  1. ^ Dave Gorman's blog, entries for 7 and 9 March
  2. ^ Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive Box Set -
  3. ^ Dave Gorman. "Dave Gorman". Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rob Brydon on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Potton, Ed (6 November 2008). "Darbar Festival 2008; Life; Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive; Terminator". The Times. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Wright, Mark (30 April 2007). "Square Eyes 30 April - 3 May". The Stage. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Wright, Mark (4 June 2007). "Square Eyes 4–7 June". The Stage. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 

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