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Alistair McGowan's Big Impression

All Episodes 2000 - 2003

  • Ended
  • BBC One
  • 2000-04-26T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 8 hours, 0 mins
  • Comedy
In 1999, the BBC gave McGowan his own primetime sketch vehicle, which quickly matched and outstripped Bremner and Dead Ringers as the most popular impressionism series on TV. As Bremner's comedy became increasingly political, McGowan made the worlds of entertainment and sport his primary targets and aided by highly impressive make-up and costumes, impressively took off a wide range of celebrities (from Richard Madeley and Gary Lineker to Naseem Hamed and Robert Kilroy-Silk). He was assisted greatly by his talented female partner Ronni Ancona, whose mimicry of such stars as Barbara Windsor and Ruby Wax widened the scope for potential sketches.

19 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2000-04-26T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona present a new image for Posh & Becks, as well as Prince Naseem, the Gallagher brothers, Cher, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Matthew Kelly.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2000-04-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Impressionist Alistair McGowan and friends re-enact Sir Paul McCartney's Parkinson interview, put Charlie Dimmock in an amorous situation with Alan Titchmarsh, and Eddie Izzard on the Star Trek set.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2000-05-04T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona's sketch show sees Ronan Keating impress with his latest hit, Michael Barrymore receive a special award from Michael Parkinson, and Lily Savage join Eddie Izzard in a remake of Some Like It Hot.

1x04 Episode 4

  • 2000-05-11T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Impressionist Alistair McGowan and friends produce 'Ground Force: The Movie', turn singer Robbie Williams into an electricity board engineer and cast Hugh, Richard E. and Cary Grants in 'The Student Grants'.

1x05 Episode 5

  • 2000-05-18T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona star in sketches that see Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard reminisce about his days as a classical actor and the Royal Family watching the Royal Variety Show.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2000-05-25T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona star in sketches featuring chat-show king Michael Parkinson conducting an interview with rival host Clive Anderson, played by Rory Bremner.

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2001-04-22T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Richard and Judy, Beppe and Steve from Eastenders, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.

2x02 Episode 2

  • 2001-04-29T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Posh and Becks, Richard and Judy, Lorraine Kelly, and Robert Kilroy-Silk.

2x03 Episode 3

  • 2001-05-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Pauline, Peggy and Steve from Eastenders, Angus Deaton and Ian Hislop.

2x04 Episode 4

  • 2001-05-20T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Posh and Becks, the Queen and BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond.

2x05 Episode 5

  • 2001-05-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Alistair McGowan makes more impressions, helped by Ronni Ancona and others. Impersonations include Frank Skinner, Gary Lineker, Madonna, Michael Parkinson, Prince Charles and Trevor Brooking.

2x06 Episode 6

  • 2001-06-03T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Impressionist Alistair McGowan, partner Ronni Ancona and the rest of the team conclude the series of celebrity mimicry.

4x01 The Big Hair Do

  • Season Premiere

    2003-03-14T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The stars including Jonathon Ross and Lorraine Kelly encourage people at home to dig deep and give their money to Comic Relief.

4x03 Episode 1

  • no air date — 30 mins

The Big impression episode 1.

4x04 Episode 2

  • no air date — 30 mins

The Big Impression Episode 2.

4x05 Episode 3

  • no air date — 30 mins

4x06 Episode 4

  • 2003-05-10T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Victoria

4x07 Episode 5

  • 2003-05-17T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Nancy Dell'Olio tries to tell Sven Goran Errikson that she doesn't run Englands Football team and he does. While in Friends, Phoebe buys a picture and Ross and Monica have to stop her from putting it up on where the studio audience sit.

4x08 Episode 6

  • 2003-05-24T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Richard E. Grant meets Ruby Wax. Yoko Ono and Paul McCarteney argue while guesting on the Johnny Vaughan Show.

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