Thursday, 12 June 2014
TV: Rick Mayall Tribute Weekend
Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th June, from 9pm
Gold was saddened to hear about the death of Rik Mayall, who died recently at the age of 56.
Rik, who regularly appears on many classic Gold shows, first found success in the early 80s performing alongside the likes of Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and long-term comedy partner Adrian Edmondson at The Comic Strip club in London.
That success led to The Comic Strip Presents TV series which debuted on Channel 4 in 1982 with Famous Five parody Five Go Mad In Dorset. The show continued for a further 40 episodes with the most recent, Five Go To Rehab, premiering on Gold in November 2012.
1982 also saw the launch of cult sitcom The Young Ones, in which Rik played poetry-writing anarchist Rick. More iconic roles followed in series including The New Statesman, Blackadder and films such as Drop Dead Fred. In 1991 he teamed up with Adrian Edmondson again for the classic comedy series Bottom. It ran for three hugely successful series and five best-selling live stage shows.
Gold pays tribute to Rik the best way it can, by showing some of the classic British comedies that Rik was such a huge part of. RIP Rik.
Saturday June 28th
21:00: Blackadder II - Bells: Rowan Atkinson's genes resurface in Elizabethan England in the guise of Edmund, great-great-grandson of the evil original.
21:40: Bottom - S2E2: Culture: The boys are aghast when they have their TV taken away!
22:20: Bottom - S2E3: Burgulary: Richie and Eddie capture a burglar - and his loot.
23:00: The Young Ones - S2E3: Nasty: Mike and Vivian hire a video recorder.
23:45: Comic Strip Presents… Bad News Tour - Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson lampoon the heady world of rock music in this 1983 comedy.
Sunday June 29th
21:00: Blackadder Goes Forth – Private Plane: Rik Mayall guests stars as the outrageous Flashheart, a man with something of a healthy libido.
21:40: Bottom – S3E1: Hole: Richie and Eddie are trapped on a Ferris wheel.
22:20: Bottom – S3E3: Break: Richie and Eddie prepare for their holiday.
23:00: The Young Ones – S2E6: Summer: The boys decide to rob a bank!
23:45: Comic Strip Presents… Five Go to Rehab – Gold’s exclusive follow-up to the very first Comic Strip film, Five Go Mad in Dorset.
Gold (Sky 110, Virgin 126, BT 855)