The Comedy Years looks back at how comedy shaped and defined specific years over the past 4 decades. The four years covered will be 1979, 1984, 1998 and 2003.
Each of the hour-long shows mixes classic comedy archive with social history and pop culture nostalgia. The show looks at how each year’s comedy reflected a changing Britain – from the Thatcher era of satire
of Not The Nine O’clock News and Spitting Image to ground breaking comedy series like The Royle Family, The Young Ones and The Office.
The Comedy Years features interviews with stars of comedy past and present, all revealing the comedy moments that inspired them, as well as telling us about the roles they themselves played in some classic TV series. Highlights include interviews with James Bolam, John Thomson, Omid Djalili, Clive Anderson, Cannon & Ball, Shappi Khorsandi, Joel Dommett, Mark Heap, Peter Egan, Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson, Leslie Ash, Brian Conley and Dom Joly.
The Comedy Years is a great new original commission for ITV3 which will be entertaining, informative
and nostalgic for our viewers.
No TV comedy exists in a vacuum. Each is a product of the times, reflecting what is going on in the
outside world – whether it’s a satirical sketch show like Spitting Image or a sitcom like The Young Ones.