The Kenny Everett Video Show, 1978

Ground-breaking in it’s day, The Kenny Everett Video Show was made by Thames TV and broadcast on ITV between 1978 – 1981 (although it changed it’s name for the 1981 series to Kenny Everett’s Video Cassette).

Essentially the show was a vehicle for Everett’s characters and sketches, although various music and TV stars would make cameo appearances on the show.

The shows themselves were unusual for the time, in that there was no studio audience.  The reason for this being the shows themselves were recorded at Thames House, in small studios usually used for recording current affairs programs.

The show ran for three years before being re-titled The Kenny Everett Video Cassette for the fourth series in 1981.

Summary

The shows were a combination of sketches featuring Everett’s characters interspersed with his own links, usually in front of a number of TV Screens.  Sketches would often feature  a number of guest spots.

The series also featured the animated adventures of Science Fiction Hero – Captain Kremmen voiced By Everett.  For the fourth Series (Video Cassette) this became live action.

Clips

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starring

Kenny Everett

Details

Channel: ITV
Written By:
Kenny Everett
Barry Cryer
Ray Cameron
Dick Vosburgh
Produced By: Thames Television
Original Transmission Dates: 3rd July 1978 – 21st May 1981

 

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One Response

  1. Gerry

    Kenny’s Thames shows were infinitely better than those he did later on the Beeb. The scripts and gags were obviously better, plus Lord Thames seemed to allow him a little more slack than Auntie did, but the main reason – in my opinion – was the absence of a studio audience at Thames which meant the only people we the viewers could hear were the camera crew, and they were in such a constant state of hysteria I often found myself laughing at them as well as Kenny. For me he remains the funniest and most groundbreaking comic ever to appear on TV.

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