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Country of origin United Kingdom
Original network BBC1
First episode date 21 September 1981
Running time 30 min
Original release 21 September 1981
Genre Sketch comedy
|Starring Robbie Coltrane
Cast Rik Mayall, Tracey Ullman, Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Stilgoe
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A Kick Up the Eighties was a 1981-1984 BBC 2 sketch show starring Robbie Coltrane, Tracey Ullman, Richard Stilgoe, Miriam Margolyes, Rik Mayall, Ron Bain and Roger Sloman.
The series was created by Tom Gutteridge (producer/director) and Sean Hardie (executive producer). Colin Gilbert was script editor. The show was the first break into television for Rik Mayall, who played the anorak-wearing investigative reporter Kevin Turvey; it was also the start of Tracey Ullman's television comedy career. Peter Capaldi, a trained graphic artist from Scotland, contributed to designing the show's opening sequence prior to launching his own career as an actor. The first series won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Entertainment Programme in 1982.
A compilation episode was broadcast on 31 December 1987, entitled "A Kick Up The Bells".