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Iconic comedian and actor Rik Mayall passed away age 56 on Monday, 9 June 2014. In an interview on The Stephen Nolan Show, television producer Paul Jackson looked back on what it was like working with him on shows like The Young Ones and Filthy Rich & Catflap, and recalled five major comic characters Rik created that have left a lasting impression on audiences:

Investigative journalist Kevin Turvey in sketch show A Kick Up The Eighties

Paul Whitehouse introduces cult character Kevin Turvey

The sketch show gave exposure to Rik Mayall's Redditch-based reporter and lead to a one-off mockumentary, The Man Behind The Green Door.

Anarchist Rick in The Young Ones

Neil (Nigel Planer), Mike (Christopher Ryan), Rick and Vyvyan (Adrian Edmonson) deal with a vampire

First broadcast in 1982, the anarchic sitcom revolved around four degenerate undergraduates living together in North London and brought alternative comedy to mainstream audiences.

Lord Flashheart in Blackadder II

Lord Flashheart arrives just in time for Blackadder's (Rowan Atkinson) wedding

Rik's cameo as the much loved Lord Flashheart in the classic sitcom was followed by an appearance as his descendant Squadron Commander Flashheart in Blackadder Goes Forth.

Conservative MP Alan B’Stard in ITV’s political satire The New Statesman

Watch clips and a full episode of The New Statesman at BFI Screenonline.

Richard Dangerous, who became Richard “Richie” Richard in Bottom

Richie (Rik Mayall) and flatmate Eddie (Adrian Edmonson) devise a scheme to get cash on Halloween

The sitcom first shown on BBC Two in 1991 centred on two grotesque, unemployed best friends living together in a filthy flat in Hammersmith and was known for its cartoonish slapstick violence.

In honour of Rik Mayall, an episode of Bottom and Comedy Connections about The Young Ones will be rebroadcast on BBC Two.

Episode one of Bottom is on Sunday, 15 June at 10.30pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD and 10.55pm on BBC Two NI.

The Young Ones episode of Comedy Connections is on Sunday, 15 June at 11pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD and 11.25pm on BBC Two NI.

More on Rik Mayall
BBC News: Obituary: Rik Mayall
BBC News: Rik Mayall: His best lines
BBC News Magazine: Rik Mayall - A goodbye to Lord Flashheart
BFI Screenonline: Rik Mayall's biography, watch clips and full episodes of his sitcoms and early stand up

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by robert stuart

    on 4 Jul 2014 11:45

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Sine Wave

    on 18 Jun 2014 15:55

    Rik Mayall brought Jackanory back to life. I was too old get the benefit of that but children of the time must have found him a revelation. I think Horrible Histories appeals to Children (an adults) in the same quirky way. Catch some of Rik's work for Jackanory on You Tube . . .

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by cyderdelic

    on 15 Jun 2014 18:11

    One of the best if little known show ive seen Rik Myall in is a show called Believe Nothing,himself and Michael Maloney.Rik is fantastic as Adonis Cnut.Brilliant sitcom.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by WSV

    on 15 Jun 2014 07:52

    The back of the DVD box states that 'the ground-shaking impact of The Comic Strip's anarchic humour rattled the televisions of the 1980s Britain, and when the smoke cleared they left a gaping crater that lesser comics are still falling into today'. This is absolutely true, they neatly swept up after the 1970s, defined the comedy of my teenage years and influenced those that came after; and Rik was an integral part of all that.

    Goodbye Rik and thanks.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by jackoblue

    on 14 Jun 2014 21:47

    Kevin Turvey, totally brillant and Rick in the young ones not forgetting Lord flashheart, woof!
    RIP Rik Mayall, never forgotten.

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