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This ITV comedy drama series was about top game show host Bob Martin (Michael Barrymore) who is not so cocksure off screen (but is also prepared to stop at nothing to get what he wants).

Very Larry Sanders, and also heavily influenced by comedian Bob Mills’ previous attempt to do a real Larry Sanders, this was called The Show. There were lots of good quality guest appearances too from the likes of Lynda Bellingham, Cheryl Baker, Julia Sawalha, Terry Wogan, Anthea Turner, Clive Anderson, Michael Aspel and Isla Fisher. Also the episode titles were all named after different TV shows.

Cast: Michael Barrymore as Bob Martin; Denis Lawson as Greg; Keith Allen as Vinnie; Deborah Grant as Paula; Valerie Holliman as Jean; Tracy-Ann Oberman as Beverley; Marshall Lancaster as Timmy

Writers and Producers: Bob Mills, Jeff Pope / Music: Graham Jarvis / Costume: Janet Benge / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Director: Tony Dow

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UK / ITV – Granada / 12×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 April 2000 – 4 June 2001

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 2 April – 7 May 2000
1. A SONG FOR EUROPE
2. THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
3. THE GLITTERING PRIZES
4. HOME AND AWAY
5. THE X FILES
6. MR AND MRS

SEASON TWO 23 April – 4 June 2001
1. WHACKO
2. BIG BREAK
3. BLUE PETER
4. EDGE OF DARKNESS
5. THIS LIFE
6. WEEKEND WORLD

 

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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