The All New Alexei Sayle Show

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The All New Alexei Sayle Show
Genre Comedy
Written by Alexei Sayle
Graham Linehan
Arthur Mathews
Starring Alexei Sayle
Jean Marsh
Peter O'Brien
Peter Capaldi
Felicity Montagu
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC
Original release 6 January 1994 – 1 July 1995
Followed by Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round

The All New Alexei Sayle Show was a comedy sketch show broadcast on BBC2 television for a total of twelve episodes, over two series in 1994 and 1995. The title sequence featured Alexei Sayle as an innocent, newly arrived man in London singing cheerful lyrics and dancing around Trafalgar Square.

It was the successor to Alexei Sayle's Stuff, and predecessor of Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round. A then-unknown actor (outside of Austria and Germany), and dual Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz appeared in a sketch during its run.

Recurring characters[edit]

The show differed from Alexei Sayle's Stuff mainly in its introduction of recurring characters who include:

  • Alexei's alter ego, Bobby Chariot. Bobby is a Scouse warm-up comic who appears during breaks when the show has supposedly 'broken down' for technical reasons. His catchphrase "How you diddling?" will invariably fail to ignite the audience, prompting the reply, ". . . Bloody sod you, then." He will then regale them with anecdotes about his wife having left him, his drink problem, and sleeping in his Jag. He is an archetypal 'old school' comedian who combines the least politically correct sides of Les Dawson, Ken Dodd and Stan Boardman with a bit of Mr Sayle. He will often pick on the audience for cheap laughs, then turn on them when they remain unresponsive. Often, rather than being seen in front of the audience, he is pictured sitting among them, pouring his heart out to some poor uninterested, bored soul. Bobby also features in the later show Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round.
  • Bobby's even more depressing and hopeless gag writer, played by Stephen Lewis, still bashing out bad puns on a manual typewriter.
  • A caricature of John Smith, who was leader of the Labour Party at the time.
  • Performance artists Egbert and Bill (a lampoon of real-life artists Gilbert and George), perform together with John Sparkes.
  • Nancy and Spike. Depending on viewpoint, these are either the very un-PC or the overly PC owners of a Hackney cycle shop called "Menstrual cycles".

Running sketches[edit]

Both series of the show included running sketches.