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 63 (series 1-8 plus specials)
Release
Original channel Channel 4
Original release 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 entitled 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 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 the second 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 third 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 fourth 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 fifth 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 sixth 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]

Series 8, Specials and move to E4[edit]

Rude Tube returned for its eighth series in November 2014. Presented by Alex Zane, the main series premiered on E4 for the first time since series one. Series eight ran from 11th November to 30th December and consisted of eight individually-themed episodes. In addition, two special programmes, Rude Tube Christmas Cracker 2014 and Welcome to 2015 were shown on Channel 4 on 25th December 2014 and 1st January 2015 respectively.

Episode Guide[edit]

Series Year Episodes Presenter Channel Dates
Pilot 2008
  • Rude Tube
Alex Zane Channel 4 06 February 2008
Series 1 2008
  • Pranks And Stunts
  • Freaky Skills And Geeky Thrills
  • Celebrity And Wannabe
  • Naughty and Naked
  • Animals and Kids
  • Drink And Drugs
Matt Kirshen E4 05 November to
10 December 2008
Special 2009
  • New Year Special
Alex Zane Channel 4 02 January 2009
Series 2 2009
  • Heroes and Villains
  • All Things Weird and Wonderful
  • Superstars of the Web
Alex Zane Channel 4 09 to 23
October 2009
Special 2010
  • New Year Special
Alex Zane Channel 4 03 January 2010
Series 3 2010
  • Epic Fails
  • Animal Madness
  • Ultimate Champions
  • Total Stunts
  • Rude Tunes
  • Viral Ads
Alex Zane Channel 4 05 October to
07 November 2010
Special 2011
  • Rude Tube 2011 (New Year Special)
Alex Zane Channel 4 7 January 2011
Series 4 2011
  • Mashed 'n' Mixed
  • Total Fails
  • Epic Skills
  • Utter Pranks
  • Love Bytes
  • Ultimate Stunts
  • Rude Zoo
  • Extreme Rides
Alex Zane Channel 4 12 September to
09 November 2011
Special 2011
  • Epic Christmas
Alex Zane Channel 4 25 December 2011
Special 2012
  • New Year with Rude Tube 2012
Alex Zane Channel 4 6 January 2012
Series 5
(part one)
2012
  • Utter Fails
  • Animal Anarchy
  • Serious Skills
  • Daft Stunts
Alex Zane Channel 4 10 September to
02 October 2012
Special 2012
  • Christmas Cracker
Alex Zane Channel 4 25 December 2012
Special 2013
  • Welcome to 2013
Alex Zane Channel 4 11 January 2013
Series 5
(part two)
2013
  • Totally Mashed
  • Complete Prankers
Alex Zane Channel 4 17 and 24
January 2013
Series 6 2013
  • Web Stars
  • WTF?!?
  • Rom Dot Com
  • Dumb and Dangerous
  • Rude 'lympics
  • Bad Trips
Alex Zane Channel 4 23 July to
27 August 2013
Series 7 2013
  • World of Fail
  • Kick-Ass Animals
  • Badass Stunts
  • Mashed Up
  • Super Pranks
  • Internet Incredibles
  • Gods of Geek
  • Web Celebs
Alex Zane Channel 4 08 September to
27 October 2013
Special 2013
  • Christmas Cracker 2013
Alex Zane Channel 4 27 December 2013
Special 2014
  • Welcome to 2014
Alex Zane Channel 4 3 January 2014
Series 8 2014
  • Planet Fail
  • Bad Ass Beasts
  • Viral Idols
  • Massive Prankers
  • Fearless & Foolish
  • World Wide Weird
  • Arena of Awesomeness
  • Cats and Dogs
Alex Zane E4 11 November to
30 December 2014
Special 2014
  • Christmas Cracker 2014
Alex Zane Channel 4 24 December 2014
Special 2015
  • Welcome to 2015
Alex Zane Channel 4 1 January 2015

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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