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1987: Some Television Comedy Treats...

Dame Edna Everidge became a chat show hostess with her own series - The Dame Edna Experience - on 12 September 1987. It was a good reason to set the video! The Dame sent guests tumbling through trap doors - and shot Cliff Richard off to heavens knows where.

Fabulous!

Conservative MP Alan Beresford B'Stard of The New Statesman was played by alternative comedian Rick Mayall - AKA Kevin Turvey of A Kick Up The Eighties , AKA Rick of The Young Ones, AKA Richie Rich of Filthy Rich and Catflap.

Vote B'Stard - if you want armed police or nuclear waste dumped in children's playgrounds. This was a biting comedy which I found unmissable. Conservative MPs didn't. Teddy Taylor, MP for Southend, said: "It was so immature and childish it reminded me of a Neil Kinnock speech."

The New Statesman first aired on 13 September 1987.