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  • 1981-09-20T19:00:00-04:00 on BBC Two
  • 30 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy

Best remembered for giving early exposure to the still little-known Rik Mayall, A Kick Up the Eighties had little other connection to the alternative comedy boom. The series' roots were much older, its format lifted from '60s satirical show The Frost Report (BBC, 1966-67), with former Nationwide (BBC, 1969-84) presenter and humorist Richard Stilgoe in the David Frost role. Each edition featured a series of sketches around a particular social theme (work, death, sex, television), threaded together by Stilgoe's lightly cynical commentary.

When the series returned in 1984, with Robbie Coltrane in Stilgoe's place, it had taken on a more straightforward sketch show format, though retaining Turvey's tortuous investigations.

The poster is from an unrelated book cover.
Fan Art is not of the cast, but of a UK covers band of the same name.

6 episodes

1x01 Death

  • Series Premiere

    1981-09-20T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

What the well-dressed undertaker is wearing this autumn. How to look chic in a shroud. Extracts from A Worm's-Eye View of Britain and Debrett's Funeral Etiquette ... Plus the ten people you said you'd most like to cremate whilst still alive. A Kick Up the Eighties puts the boot into kicking the bucket.

1x02 Work

  • 1981-09-27T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Work - another British invention which has been taken over by the Japanese. This week A Kick Up the Eighties gives you something to talk about in the dole queue.

1x03 The Media

  • 1981-10-04T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A group of young people, who depend on television for their livelihood, take a sympathetic and, at times, admiring look at their hardworking and often misunderstood employers. Including a special tribute to the Director-General's wife's cooking.

1x04 Advice

  • 1981-10-11T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

If we took all the professional advice that's thrown at us, would we wind up wearing the same clothes, sitting in identical cars on our way to the same restaurant, stuck in a country lane on an AA recommended short cut?

1x05 Relationships (which used to be called Sex)

  • 1981-10-18T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

This week A Kick Up the Eighties helps you to fill in those long winter evenings.

1x06 Leisure

  • 1981-10-25T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Why not sit down in your favourite armchair, put your feet up and go to sleep - it's much better for you than watching television.