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The Armstrong and Miller Show
The Armstrong and Miller Show logo.jpg
Series title card
Format Sketch comedy
Starring Alexander Armstrong
Ben Miller
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hat Trick Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 26 October 2007 (2007-10-26) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Armstrong and Miller
External links
Official website

The Armstrong and Miller Show is a British sketch comedy television show produced by Hat Trick Productions for BBC One. It features the double act, Armstrong and Miller and a number of notable scriptwriters including Andy Hamilton and The League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson.

The series followed four series of Armstrong and Miller on the Paramount Comedy Channel and Channel 4 between 1997 and 2001.

Contents

Some recurring characters and jokes

  • Two World War II airmen who have the language and attitudes of present-day adolescent stereotypes, using colloquial terms such as "blad" and arbitrarily saying terms such as "like" and "and shit".
  • Brabbins and Fyffe, a pair of Flanders and Swann-like musicians who sing bawdy songs, sometimes hastily censored by the BBC.
  • An insensitive but caring father (played by Armstrong) with the inability to sugar-coat difficult issues for his son.
  • Roger (played by Miller) who continually returns home early, oblivious to clues that his wife and best friend are having an affair. He accepts the increasingly ludicrous explanations.
  • Two Neanderthals who negotiate their way anachronistically through modern social difficulties such as job interviews and baby naming.
  • Vox pops in which characters describe their quirks and mental illnesses and end with "so that's why I became a teacher".
  • A racist satnav that advises a driver to avoid certain roads for tabloid-inspired reasons.
  • Dennis Lincoln-Park, a TV historian (played by Miller) who accidentally destroys priceless historical treasures.
  • A man who accidentally reveals too much information about his strange and disturbing hobbies while in polite company.
  • A dentist who recounts sordid tales of tasteless encounters to which his patient, whose mouth is full of dental equipment, is unable to object.
  • Parodies of public information films, voiced by Armstrong.
  • Various characters (played by Armstrong) including a children's TV presenter with two puppet sidekicks and a marriage counsellor, who after other characters have left the room utters the words "Kill them" into an intercom.
  • Jim (played by Miller), on honeymoon in Hawaii alone after his wife left him for the DJ on their wedding day.
  • A businessman (played by Armstrong), who is pursued by a team of researchers providing him with apparently useless and random information. He is fired in the final episode of series 2.

Chronology

Series Episodes First aired
1 7 26 October 2007 – 14 December 2007
2 6 16 October – 27 November 2009
3 2010

Awards

Visitors to British Comedy Guide voted The Armstrong and Miller Show the "Best Sketch Show of 2007".[1]

Live show

2010 will see a UK tour of The Armstrong and Miller Show, featuring new sketches and favourite characters.

References

  1. ^ "The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2007". British Comedy Guide. 2008-01-21. http://www.comedy.co.uk/awards/2007/. Retrieved 2009-01-19.  

External links

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