The Fast Show – tape 2823

This tape opens with the end of Shooting Stars as Clare Grogan attempts to catch David Walliams suspended from a wire.

There’s a trailer for All Rise for Julian Clary. And for a terrible looking Modern Times about bonking on a skiing holiday.

Then, the first episode in a new series of The Fast Show. This is season 3.

Opening with Jesse’s Fashion Tips.

The 13th Duke of Wimbim

The judgmental cashier

Jazz Club sees Colin McFarlane on trumpet

Ted and Ralph go for a ride

Cheesy Peas are diversifying

Colin is as annoying as ever. “I’m a alien!”

Nosferatu has a tip for us

Swiss Toni is giving tips on selling cars

Rowley Birkin QC

Channel 9 have a cartoon

Dave Angel Eco Warrior

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 14th November 1997 – 21:30

In the next episode, Monkfish – Undercover Cop

The Welsh Student

Johnny still has a problem with Black

Jazz Club features a Nigel Kennedy-type violinist

The awful woman selling perfumes

Some Arthur Atkinson

The bloke who says he’s a football fan, but doesn;t really know much about it.

Competitive Dad turns to acting

Ron Manager gets into a pickle creating acronyms

An ad for Pissi Bir

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 21st November 1997 – 21:30

There’s another bit of Shooting Stars before the next episode, plus a trailer for I’m Alan Partridge and All Rise for Julian Clary.

Then more from The Fast Show featuring the Squeamish Zookeeper

Suits You Sir are hiring

The Long Big Punch Up is actually quite unpleasant.

John Actor shows us the transformation possible after five hours in makeup.

Chip Cobb The Deaf Stuntman

The Off-Roaders almost go caving

There’s Jazz Dance on Jazz Club

A remake of the classic Ealing Comedy by the makers of Trainspotting – Heroin Galore

Competitive Dad does weightlifting

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 28th November 1997 – 21:30

Next, another episode of The Fast Show.

The offroaders are armed. That can’t be good.

Gourmet Cheesy Peas

Bob Fleming does some Morris Dancing

That’s Amazing has a robot

There’s a more modern clip of an Arthur Atkinson film from the 70s.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 5th December 1997 – 21:30

Before the next episode, more Shooting Stars.

There’s a trailer for Judge Jules on Radio 1. And a trailer for Does China Exist?

Then, more Fast Show.

Competitive Dad Plays Tennis

Channel 9 has its equivalent of the Baftas, the ARSE awards.


Their version of WACADAY (or possible Dick and Dom) is Plip E Plop

And Ton Twelf Ronnies

Malle Hombres Disgustante looks familiar

“Someone’s sitting there”

Poula Fisch wins an award

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th December 1997 – 21:30

After this, no more Fast Show, but recording continues with a lovely Christmas trailer.

There’s also a trailer for Vice and Verse with Murray Lachlan Young. Remember when they were trying to make him a big star?

Then, a bonus episode of Have I Got News For You. Guests are: Alan Davies

Matthew Parris

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th December 1997 – 22:00

After this, there’s a trail for Love Bites: In Your Dreams. And for a BBC2 season of French films.

Then, Newsnight which leads with a leaked document that reveals the new Labour government was planning to cut payments to disabled people.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 12th December 1997 – 22:30

After this, trailers for Christmas comedy and Does China Exist.

Then the tape plays out with the start of an episode of The A Force, entertainment for a black audience safely out of the way where honest racists won’t be frightened by it.



  1. Murray Lachlan Young is still around, he’s on the 6 Music Breakfast Show every so often, doing his poems.

    Simon Day was so underrated on The Fast Show, I found him hilarious. “Get off my show!”

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