About to star in a new series of Porridge, this was the show that brought Kevin Bishop to the attention of TV comedy viewers.
The show ran for two series of six episodes in 2008 and 2009.
Originally commissioned by Channel 4 for a six-part series making it’s debut on 25th July 2008. This followed a pilot episode, broadcast on 23rd November 2007 as part of Channel 4’s Comedy Showcase.
The programme soon earned interest for its incredibly fast pace; 42 sketches were shown in 23 minutes. It also found itself nominated for Best New Comedy at the 2008 British Comedy Awards. A second series began on Friday 31st July 2009 at 10pm on Channel 4.
Despite it’s popularity, The Kevin Bishop Show received 194 complaints to Channel 4, making it the second most complained about programme on Channel 4 during August 2008. Complaints included: a musical parody of the Holocaust drama Sophie’s Choice, as well as parodies of children’s toys adverts on Channel 5, such as ‘The 9/11 Playset’, ‘The Terrorist Concentration Camp Playset’.
The Kevin Bishop Show is a fast-paced sketch show based on channel flicking through channels on Sky Digital. On screen is a replica of the Sky Search and Scan banner and TV guide.
Unlike the pilot, the search and scan banner displays the date which is the same as the date the episode is being broadcast, with roughly the same time as it is being broadcast.
There are many other TV presentation references throughout the show, mostly related to the TV channels the “shows” are on.
Channel: Channel 4
Executive Producer(s): Phil Clarke and Andrew O’Connor
Michael Livingstone (2008)
Samantha Martin (2009)
Original Transmission Dates: 25th July 2008 – 4th September 2009