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:
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.
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 arrives just in time for Blackadder's (Rowan Atkinson) wedding
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.
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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