The Real McCoy (TV series)

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The Real McCoy
Title card for Series 1-3
StarringCurtis Walker
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6[1]
No. of episodes30
Executive producer(s)Curtis Walker
Production location(s)United Kingdom
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC 2
Picture formatColour
Original release10 May 1991 –
9 February 1996
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The Real McCoy was a BBC Television comedy show that ran from 1991 to 1996, featuring an array of black and Asian comedy stars performing material with various comedy sketches and musical guests such as the musical group Soul II Soul.[2]

UK comedy stars that featured in the series included: the comedy acts Robbie Gee, Curtis and Ishmael, Judith Jacob, Collette Johnson, Llewella Gideon, Meera Syal, Perry Benson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Leo Chester,[3] Kulvinder Ghir, Rudi Lickwood, Eddie Nestor, Marcus Powell, Junior Simpson and Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter.

The producer of the first two series, Charlie Hanson, was the co-founder of the Black Theatre Co-operative and had produced No Problem! and Desmond's before creating The Real McCoy. He was working with Curtis and Ishmael on the 291 Club at the Hackney Empire and suggested making a television version, but instead, the BBC opted for a totally new sketch series, launching The Real McCoy.[4]

In spite of its popularity it has yet to be released on DVD.[5][6] It was made available for download on the short-lived BBC Store.


  1. ^ "BBC - Comedy Guide - The Real McCoy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  2. ^ Brian Logan (2010-04-13). "Meet black comedy's trailblazers | Stage". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  3. ^ "Campaigners want Islamic extremist comic banned from stage show". Daily Mail. London.
  4. ^ "The Real McCoy reunite at the Hackney Empire - Time Out London". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  5. ^ "Ariel - What is the legacy of The Real McCoy?". 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  6. ^ "Bring back the Real McCoy". The Voice Online. Retrieved 2012-11-21.

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