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Rutland Weekend Television

Specials 1978 - 2014

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  • 1978-03-21T18:00:00-05:00 on BBC Two
  • 30 mins
  • 2 hours, 0 mins (4 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
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A Rutland TV station would be pretty small, so a Rutland Weekend Television would have to be ridiculously tiny. The joke was doubly meaningful, as instead of a light entertainment budget, the show had to get by on a presentation budget. A typical episode begins with the announcer, usually with something going wrong or with something out of the ordinary. The role of the announcer would be to announce the 'programmes' (typically sketches) - many 'programmes' would lead into, or announce one of many songs and accompanying strange vignettes by Neil Innes.

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4 episodes

Special 1 The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

  • 1978-03-21T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This documentary follows their career from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. A parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles.

Special 2 The Entire Universe

  • 2016-12-25T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Eric Idle persuades Professor Brian Cox to present a lecture on the birth of the entire universe. Brian soon realises Eric is actually hosting a comedy and musical extravaganza with the help of Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham and Robin Ince, alongside a chorus of singers and dancers.

Special 4 The Rutles - Behind The Scenes

  • 2014-04-28T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Documentary following spoof comedy music act The Rutles on tour in 2014

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