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The Russ Abbot Show


The Russ Abbot Show

The Russ Abbot Show
Format Sitcom
Starring Russ Abbot
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 30mins
Original channel ITV
Original airing 1994[1]

The Russ Abbot Show was a British television comedy series which starred Russ Abbot and ran on the BBC from 1986 to 1991, and for 14 episodes on Granada Television from 1994 to 1995.[2] It featured comedy performers Les Dennis, Bella Emberg, Tom Bright, Maggie Moone, Suzy Aitchison, Gordon Kennedy, Paul Shearer and Sherrie Hewson among others.


The series originated on radio before making the transition to television. The series returned to radio on BBC Radio 2 for 42 episodes from November 1997 to February 2002.[3]


The series showcased Abbot's talents as an all round entertainer and included characters such as Basildon Bond, a James Bond parody, 'Cooperman', a cross between Tommy Cooper and Superman, and C.U. Jimmy, a virtually unintelligible red-headed Scotsman. The programme attracted millions of viewers weekly. The show was popular amongst younger viewers, prompting two annuals to be published in 1982 and 1983. The annuals featured comic strips based on popular characters Abbot had created in the various series of the show. It was also notable for its "Tears of laughter" theme song, which played at the start and end of the show. The stop motion animation titles[4] were by 3 Peach Animation.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • BBC Online
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