Vic Reeves Big Night Out 1990 -1991
Vic and Bob’s first big TV hit was: Vic Reeves Big Night Out.
Big Night Out had it’s origins as a cult British comedy stage show before becoming a hit TV series. Vic Reeves Big Night Out ran for two series in 1990 and 1991, as well as a New Year special. It marked the beginnings of the collaboration between Vic Reeves (real name Jim Moir) and Bob Mortimer and started their Vic and Bob comedy double act.
The show was revived as Vic and Bob’s Big Night out in 2017 airing on BBC 2. A further four episodes aired in 2018 on BBC Four with two more promised for 2019, but that’s a whole new post.
Vic Reeves Big Night Out was effectively a parody of the variety shows which dominated the early years of television, that had, by the early 1990s, fallen from popularity. Vic, introduced as “Britain’s Top Light Entertainer and Singer”, would sit behind a cluttered desk talking nonsense and introducing the various segments and surreal guests on the show.
Vic Reeves Big Night Out is notable as the only time in their career where Vic solely took the role of host, whilst Bob was consigned to the back stage, appearing every few minutes as either himself or as a strange character. However, the two did receive equal billing in the series credits.
Channel: Channel 4
Created By: Vic Reeves
Produced By: Channel X (Jonathan Ross’ Producton Company)
Original Transmission: 25 May 1990 – 17 April 1991
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