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Big Impression
The Big Impression, known as Alistair McGowan's Big Impression for the first three series, is a British comedy sketch show. It features Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona impersonating personalities from entertainment and sport. Four series and a number of specials were made by Vera Productions and it was first broadcast on BBC One
BBC One
between 2000 and 2004. The series has won five awards, including the 2003 BAFTA comedy programme prize.Contents1 Production 2 Impressions2.1 Alistair McGowan 2.2 Ronni Ancona3 Episodes3.1 Special
Special
episodes4 Awards 5 References 6 External linksProduction[edit] McGowan and Ancona first met at a comedy club, and later started dating. They worked together on a number of projects, with their first television series being The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos in 1989
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Comedy
In a modern sense, comedy (from the Greek: κωμῳδία, kōmōidía) refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film, stand-up comedy, or any other medium of entertainment. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theaters.[1] The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye
Northrop Frye
depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old".[2] A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes
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Billy Connolly
Sir
Sir
William Connolly, CBE (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor from Glasgow. He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the nickname "The Big Yin" ("The Big One").[2] His first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow
Glasgow
shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer, firstly in the Humblebums alongside friend Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty
until 1971, and subsequently as a solo artist. In the early 1970s, Connolly made the transition from folk-singer with a comedic persona to fully fledged comedian, for which he has received numerous awards. Connolly is also an actor and has appeared in such films as Water (1985), Indecent Proposal
Indecent Proposal
(1993), Pocahontas (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Mrs
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Tony Blair
Prime Minister of the United KingdomFirst Ministry and TermPremiershipministry electionHK Handover Belfast AgreementPPMilitary intervention in Sierra Leone Fuel protests Foot-and-mouth outbreak Dissolution Honours (2001)Second Ministry and Term2001 re-election War in Afghanistan Africa Commission Dissolution Honours (2005) Impeachment motion (2004)Iraq Invasion Downing Street
Downing Street
memo September Dossier Bush Memo February Dossier Ultimatum to Iraq Invasion WarThird Ministry and Term2005 re-electi
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June Brown
June Muriel Brown, MBE (born 16 February 1927) is an English actress, known for her role as Dot Cotton
Dot Cotton
in the BBC
BBC
soap opera EastEnders
EastEnders
from 1985 onwards. In 2005, she won Best Actress
Actress
at the Inside Soap Awards, and in the same year, also received the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Soap Awards. In 2009, she was nominated for the BAFTA
BAFTA
TV Award for Best Actress, but lost out to Anna Maxwell Martin
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Eastenders
EastEnders
EastEnders
is a British soap opera created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland which has been broadcast on BBC One
BBC One
since 1985. Set in Albert Square in the East End of London
East End of London
in the fictional Borough of Walford, the programme follows the stories of local residents and their families as they go about their daily lives. Initially there were two 30-minute episodes per week but since 2001 episodes have been broadcast every weekday apart from Wednesdays. Within eight months of the show's launch, it reached the number-one spot in BARB's TV ratings and has consistently remained among the top-rated TV programmes in Britain
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Albert Steptoe
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
is a British sitcom
British sitcom
written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson about a father-and-son rag-and-bone business. They live at Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherd's Bush, London. Four series were broadcast by the BBC from 1962–65, followed by a second run from 1970-74. The theme tune, "Old Ned", was composed by Ron Grainer.[1] The series was voted 15th in a 2004 poll by the BBC to find Britain's Best Sitcom.[2] It was remade in the United States as Sanford and Son, in Sweden as Albert & Herbert and in the Netherlands as Stiefbeen en zoon. In 1972, a film adaptation of the series, Steptoe and Son, was released in cinemas, followed by a sequel Steptoe and Son Ride Again
Steptoe and Son Ride Again
in 1973. The series focused on the inter-generational conflict of father and son
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John Altman (actor)
John Clarkson Stewart (born 2 March 1952), known as John Altman, is an English actor and singer, perhaps best known for playing "Nasty" Nick Cotton in the popular BBC
BBC
soap opera EastEnders. He was among the show's original cast members appearing in the very first episode in February 1985 and appeared on the show on and off as a recurring character. His character was killed off in the 30th anniversary episode of the show which aired in February 2015. Altman has also appeared in several films, television series and stage productions. In 2010, he became the new frontman of the band Heavy Metal Kids following the death of former frontman Gary Holton
Gary Holton
in 1985.Contents1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Filmography3.1 Films 3.2 TV4 References 5 External linksCareer[edit] Altman was born in Reading, Berkshire
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Nick Cotton
Nick Cotton
Nick Cotton
is a fictional character from the British soap opera EastEnders
EastEnders
played by John Altman on a semi-regular basis from the soap's debut episode on 19 February 1985. The character made numerous brief or more protracted stints until his onscreen death in February 2015; his death written to coincide with the 30th anniversary of EastEnders. Nick Cotton
Nick Cotton
is notably responsible for the death of Reg Cox (Johnnie Clayton), whose dead body is discovered in the very first scene of the programme in 1985. Nick's death was scripted as somewhat of a reenactment to Reg's death, as the character dies in the same spot where Reg had died 30 years prior. Nick's primary function is an antagonist, a villain, a drug-user and a murderer. He was conceived by the show's creators, Tony Holland
Tony Holland
and Julia Smith
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Harold Steptoe
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
is a British sitcom created by comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, originally broadcast over four series between 1962 and 1965, and again for a further three series and two Christmas specials between 1970 and 1974. Two films followed the series; Steptoe and Son and Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
Ride Again. The series revolved around father-and-son duo Albert and Harold Steptoe, the titular father and son, who live together in their rag-and-bone yard with their horse Hercules
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Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and light-hearted approach to acting and sense of comic timing. He became an American citizen in 1942. Born in Horfield, Bristol, Grant became attracted to theatre at a young age, and began performing with a troupe known as "The Penders" from the age of six. After attending Bishop Road Primary School
Bishop Road Primary School
and Fairfield Grammar School
Fairfield Grammar School
in Bristol, he toured the country as a stage performer, and decided to stay in New York City after a performance there
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Terry Wogan
Sir
Sir
Michael Terence Wogan
Wogan
KBE DL (/ˈwoʊɡən/; 3 August 1938 – 31 January 2016), better known as Terry Wogan, was an Irish radio and television broadcaster who worked for the BBC
BBC
in the UK for most of his career. Before he retired in 2009, his BBC
BBC
Radio 2 weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan
Wogan
had eight million regular listeners, making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.[1] Wogan
Wogan
was a leading media personality in Britain and Ireland
Ireland
from the late 1960s and was often referred to as a "national treasure".[1] In addition to his weekday radio show, he was known for his work on television, including the BBC
BBC
One chat show Wogan, presenting Children in Need, the game show Blankety Blank and Come Dancing
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Griff Rhys Jones
Griffith Rhys Jones
Griffith Rhys Jones
(born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He has starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner, the late Mel Smith. Rhys Jones came to national attention in the early 1980s for his work in the BBC
BBC
television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones
Alas Smith and Jones
alongside Mel Smith. With Smith, he founded television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group and later in 2005, he started the production company Modern Television.[2] He went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work
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Michael Douglas
Michael Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(born September 25, 1944)[1] is an American actor and producer. Douglas's career includes a diverse range of films in the independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades, both competitive and honorary. These awards include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award
for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" and the AFI Life Achievement Award, which "honor[s] an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture".[2] The elder son of Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
and Diana Dill, Douglas received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His early acting roles included film, stage, and television productions
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Leonard Rossiter
Leonard Rossiter (21 October 1926 – 5 October 1984) was an English actor. He had a long career in the theatre but achieved his greatest fame for his television comedy roles, most notably starring as Rupert Rigsby in the ITV series Rising Damp
Rising Damp
from 1974 to 1980, and Reginald Perrin in the BBC's The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
from 1976 to 1979.[1]Contents1 Early life and stage work 2 Film and television career 3 Writing 4 Personal life 5 Death 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External linksEarly life and stage work[edit] Rossiter was born on 21 October 1926 in Wavertree, Liverpool, the second son of Elizabeth (née Howell) and John Rossiter.[2][3] The family lived over the barber shop owned by his father
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Kevin Keegan
Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951)[2] is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV. He went on to manage Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City, winning promotion as champions in his first full season at all three clubs. He also managed the England
England
national team. As a player in the 1970s and 1980s, he has been described as "arguably the first superstar English player to attract the modern media spotlight".[3] He began his playing career at Scunthorpe United in 1968, before moving to Liverpool in 1971. At Liverpool, Keegan won three First Division titles, the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
twice, the FA Cup
FA Cup
and the European Cup. He also gained his first England
England
cap in 1972, and moved to West German club Hamburger SV
Hamburger SV
in the summer of 1977
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