BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
The Fast Show

BBC Homepage
»Fast Show


Contact Us

Arthur Atkinson
Arthur Atkinson

Music hall entertainer Arthur Atkinson appeared in the first two series in scratchy black and white. He performed his incomprehensible but amazingly authentic-feeling act, complete with cutaways of contemporary audiences in apparent gales of laughter at his routine.

Atkinson's banter inevitably leads to one of his catchphrases - 'How queer!' and 'Where's me washboard?'. Who knows what that's all about, but Paul Whitehouse's character is so convincing it's easy to forget Atkinson isn't real.

Arthur AtkinsonIn the third series time has moved on. Arthur Atkinson crops up in a 50s sitcom (Blame Arthur!) and a British sex-romp film (Confessions of a Door to Door Cucumber Salesman) - all fantastic pastiches.

His material is usually introduced by Tommy Cockles.

«« Back to the Fast Show homepage        
More characters...
The 13th Duke of Wybourne
Archie (hardest game in the world)
Arthur Atkinson
Billy Bleach
Bob Fleming
Carl Hooper
Chanel 9
Checkout girl
Chris Jackson
Colin Hunt
Competitive Dad
Dave Angel
Professor Denzil Dexter
Geoffrey Norman, MP
Insecure Woman
Louis Balfour (Jazz Club)
Johnny Nice Painter
No Offence
The Offroaders
Our Janine
Patrick Nice
Ron Manager
Rowley Birkin, QC
Roy and Renée
Suit You Tailors
Swiss Toni
Ted and Ralph
Tommy Cockles
Unlucky Alf

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy