Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s (2014)

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As part of the BBC2 50th anniversary celebrations comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were commissioned to produce this spoof history of the channel. It parodies the channel, its content and the history documentary.


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12 January 2015 | Prismark10
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Simon Schama as played by Harry Enfield takes an uneven sideways but at time hilarious look at the 50 year history of BBC2 by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.

You had the early fawning news programmes as the news presenter toadied to the Tory politicians to a succession of Oxbridge educated producers and department heads. Quiz shows were parodied with 'Ask the Ugly Family' to landmark documentaries 'The Pottering About of Man' to prestige drama 'One Clavdivs' with Larry Lovely and Brian Blessed. Its gentle and affectionate mockery.

When BBC2 were looking for a music show, the Oxbridge producer was asked to come up with a happening, vibrant music show. The producer said 'No. I want something dull.' which led to the Old Grey Whistle Test parody.

As time went on Harry and Paul had to spoof Python as well as their own creations such as The Fast Show and Harry Emery with his Scousers. They also do not forget the sex scandals that embroiled some of the BBC presenters and in recent years reality talent shows such as Bake Off and Masterchef were sent up.

As I said parts of it were inventively funny at other times it made you shrug your shoulders as the targets were missed but it was still a good celebration of BBC2.

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