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28 October 2014

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Comedy Kombat Opera Presents...

Starts Sunday 25 February, 10pm on BBC TWO

The Applicants

Serious melodic satire from the creators of Jerry Springer: The Opera. Get your placards ready....

Jon Culshaw as David DimblebyPopular telly programmes such as The Apprentice, Question Time, The South Bank Show, Panorama and Wife Swap have been given the full operatic interpretation.

Kombat Opera was written and created by Richard Thomas, the creator of the award-winning hit musical Jerry Springer: The Opera, with collaborators including Stewart Lee, Dave Gorman and Terry Jones.

Kevin Eldon as Melvyn BraggEach episode features a central, spoken comedy performance. The Fast Show's John Thomson plays a recognisably beardy entrepreneur in The Applicants; Dead Ringers' Jon Culshaw fields hecklers in Question Time Out; comedy god Kevin Eldon dons a wig for The South Bragg Show; and The Now Show's Hugh Dennis presents a Manorama Special.

All of the other parts are sung by an ensemble cast from the world of opera and West End theatre, backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the acclaimed BBC Singers.

Hugh DennisEach 30-minute episode recreates the look of the original programme, but follows the characters out of the show's format and into their off-screen lives with fantasy sequences of song and dance.

Sunday 25 February: The Applicants (TA) Sunday 4 March: Spouse Change (SC) Sunday 11 March: Question Time Out (QTO) Sunday 18 March: Manorama (M) Sunday 25 March: The South Bragg Show (SBS)

John Thomson
Sir Alan Prentice (TA)
Jon Culshaw
David Dimbleby (QTO)
Kevin Eldon
Melvyn Bragg (SBS)
Hugh Dennis
Host (M)
Simon Gleeson
James; Darryl Gay; various
James Barratt
Elvis Winchester (SC)
Kelly Price
Lee Melrose
Adey Grummet
Benjamin Lake
Bernadine Pritchett

Colin Judson
Harriet Williams
Janis Kelly
Lore Lixenberg
Matthew Craig
Nathan Harmer
Sophia Ragavelas
Wills Morgan
Richard Thomas
Writer, Composer
Stewart Lee
Writer (QTO, SBS, M)
Dave Gorman
Script Editor
Dominic Brigstocke
Director (TA, SC, QTO)
Terry Jones
Director (SBS)
Peter Orton
Director (SBS)
Tim Kirkby
Director (M)
Jon Rolph
Executive Producer
Stephen Abrahams

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