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The Big Impression
Alistair McGowan's Big Impression title card.jpg
The series title card
Also known as Alistair McGowan's Big Impression
Format Comedy
Created by Bill Dare
Starring Alistair McGowan
Ronnie Ancona
Jon Culshaw
Jan Ravens
Steve Nallon
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 25
Executive producer(s) Jon Plowman
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 2 September 1999 – 25 December 2002

The Big Impression was a British comedy sketch show. It was formerly known as Alistair McGowan's Big Impression after impressionist Alistair McGowan, but renamed The Big Impression towards the end of its run to accommodate female impressionist Ronni Ancona, who did almost as many impressions as McGowan.




Alistair McGowan's Impressions

There have been many characters that Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona have impersonated. Some celebrities that McGowan has done impressions of include:

Ronnie Ancona's Impressions

Some celebrities that Ancona has done impressions of include:

Special Episodes

There have also been numerous one-off specials, including:

  • Alistair McGowan's BigEnders;
  • Alistair McGowan's Big World Cup;
  • Posh & Becks' Big Impression.


In 2000, 'Alistair McGowan's Big Impression' won Best TV Comedy Series at the British Comedy Awards. In 2003, Ancona won the Best TV Comedy Actress award at the British Comedy Awards for her role in the series.

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