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Comic Strip Returns

Comic_strip Eighties comedy mothership Comic Strip Presents... returns to C4 for one night only at the end of December. It'll be like a big festive orgy of famous comedy people.

CSP long-timers Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson are joined by Doon (Smack the Pony) Mackichan, Rebecca (The Day Today) Front and Phil (Stella Street) Cornwell for Sex Actually, a suburban murder mystery involving a waterbed and wife-swapping.

One thing confuses us. Executive Producer is Cleo Rocos Smith, who doesn't exist on IMDb.com or even on Google, except in C4's Comic Strip press release. Could this be Cleo Rocos, she of the big boobies on Kenny Everett's Television Show? We're on the trail.

After the break: Big, huge names who started out on CSP

Why CSP is School for TV Comedians

* The Thick of It maestros Chris Langham and Peter Capaldi both did CSP service. Langham was in CSP... Private Enterprise (1986) and Capaldi was in CSP... Jealousy (1993).

* Keith Allen was in 17 CSPs and wrote four of them.

* Robbie Coltrane was also in 17 CSPs, and Kathy Burke appeared in four.

* Anthony Head and Emma Thompson were in CSP... Slags (1984).

* Hardcore CSP gang members are Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson and Jennifer Saunders. They all appeared in the first film, Five Go Mad in Dorset. It aired on Channel 4's opening night, 2 November 1982.

* Alleged newcomers Doon Mackichan and Phil Cornwell were both in a handful of 1992 CSPs.

* CSP also appears on the CVs of Peter Cook, Ruby Wax, Jim Broadbent, Alexei Sayle, Mike McShane, Dexter Fletcher, Gary Olsen, Leslie Phillips, Miranda Richardson, Julie T Wallace, Josie Lawrence, Miriam Margolyes, Sean Hughes and Tim McInnerny.

* Comic Strip Presents... Sex Actually, C4, Wednesday 28 December

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By Aigua on November 29, 2005 in Channel 4, Comedy, Nostalgia Corner, TV News | Permalink

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