TV Alfresco (ITV 1983-1984, Ben Elton, Emma Thompson) Published 7 months ago on November 6, 2018 Back in the early 1980’s the alternative comedy scene was quite literally ready to explode into the mainstream and some of the leading lights had already made inroads but Alfresco (filmed mostly outside of the studio – hence the title) though offered a first real chance to catch the new generation in action. The show actually grew out of an earlier three part pilot show (only screened in certain local Northern England areas) called There’s Nothing to Worry About which was deemed strong enough to warrant a full national try out the following year. (TNTWA is included here which is a very nice bonus). Hard to imagine now, given that of the cast, two are international acclaimed actors, one of them a best selling novelist/comedian, one a superb raconteur and consumate personality and one a veritable giant known worldwide for his role in the Harry Potter movies, but none of the players were very well known at the time. Fry and Laurie, Emma Thompson and Ben Elton had all been part of the Cambridge Footlights scene and had made something of a splash at the Edinburgh Festival, Robbie Coltrane only came in for the second season (he and Emma Thompson would later team up a couple of years later in the superb drama Tutti Frutti) and Siobhan Redmond was a cute Scottish actor who is still the least well known of the bunch. The series itself is the usual sketch mixture of topical (at least then anyway) material, surreal bon mots, satirical pot shots and so on. The hit and laugh ratio is high though, no suprise considering the talent involved. production details UK | ITV – Granada | 13×25 minutes | Broadcast 1 May 1983 – 12 June 1984 Writers: Ben Elton with Fry and Laurie, Paul Shearer, Nick Symons, Emma Thompson Executive Producer: Steve Morrison Producers: Sandy Ross (season 1), John G. Temple (season 2) Director: Stuart Orme cast Hugh Laurie Stephen Fry Emma Thompson Robbie Coltrane Siobhan Redmond Ben Elton Ben EltonComedyEmma ThompsonHugh LaurieRobbie ColtraneSiobhan RedmondStephen Fry Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. Allie runs a successful hairdressing salon but her problems begin when a rival salon opens across the... TV15 hours ago Culloden (BBC-1 1964, George McBean, Olivier Espitalier-Noel) Highly innovative documentary drama telling the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 at... TV15 hours ago C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (BBC-2 2006, Anton Rodgers, Diane Venora) Biographical drama. The story of author CS Lewis’s life from childhood to old age as his views on religion alter... TV15 hours ago Crow Road, The (BBC-2 1996, Joe McFadden, Peter Capaldi) Drama serial. Prentice McHoan returns to his Scottish home and gets caught up in the dark secrets that everyone around... TV15 hours ago New Tricks (BBC 2003-2015 with James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman) Crime drama series New Tricks took the Cold Case took it’s natural extreme by bringing out of retirement a group... search EPISODES Episodes23 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes23 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes23 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... Movies2 months ago Triple Frontier | 2019 | Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.