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Tv To Go

Cast of TV To Go

Tv To Go was the first major sketch outing of the online age. It was the first to look at computers and emergent new technology which at the turn of the vilely-named 'naughties' had us completely confused and baffled.

And it did this without strange meta-narrative quirks, dark edgy weirdness or visual effects that made anyone want to vomit: it was simply well-observed, using excellent performers throughout and consistently strong writing.

Mackenzie Crook and Hugh Dennis

A favourite TV To Go moment: Hugh Dennis as an estate agent, guiding a woman through an area he persists in pretending is perfectly fine, when it's blatantly obvious that it's a war zone.

Other highlights are the brilliant stalking sketch, where the people round a dinner table gradually reveal that they're all stalking each other - and of course, every appearance of Russ Abbot threatened to put all of us in a mental time machine, which was of course, sort of the point.

Perhaps the most symbolic recurring sketches of TV To Go involve the two househusbands. Trapped perpetually by the fact that they're obviously less competent or employable than their partners, they're forced to push all their testosterone into homey pursuits like washing up, vacuuming and picking up the kids. When a show creates characters like this, whom you're convinced you know intimately from moment one, you have an instant classic.

Pauline McLynn and Hugh Dennis

Better than virtually every other sketch show produced around the time, TV To Go almost inevitably didn't last long - perhaps because its success caused a rapid expansion of some of its stars' bookings, but mostly because its material, modern, shifting and new technology, was hard to pin down.

But it was the best of its kind at that time, and other shows are still chasing its tail.

Cast

Sean Lock
performer
Mackenzie Crook
performer
Bill Bailey
performer
Hugh Dennis
performer
Pauline McLynn
performer
Debra Stephenson
performer
Mina Anwar
performer
Ricky Grover
performer
Conleth Hill
performer
Sean Campion
performer
Russ Abbot
performer
Martin Freeman
performer

Crew

Robert Webb
writer
David Mitchell
writer
Sean Lock
writer
Bill Bailey
writer
Jesse Armstrong
writer
Sam Bain
writer
Nicholas Barber
writer
Simon Blackwell
writer
Anthony Bryan
writer
Johnny Candon
writer
James Cary
writer
Kevin Cecil
writer
Stephen Chester
writer
Phil Collinge
writer
Ali Crockatt
writer
James Crooks
writer
Rhodri Crooks
writer
Glenn Dakin
writer
Bill Dare
writer
Dan Davies
writer
Hugh Dennis
writer
Bash Doran
writer
Leila Hackett
writer
Simon Dunn
writer
Gerard Forster
writer
Ricky Grover
writer
Mike Haskins
writer
Dave Hawkins
writer
Conleth Hill
writer
Steve Hill
writer
Jon Homes
writer
Andy Hurst
writer
Will Ing
writer
Tom Jamieson
writer
Nev Fountain
writer
George Kaplan
writer
Richard Law
writer
Andy Lord
writer
Daniel Maier
writer
Shelagh Martin
writer
Andy Merriman
writer
Jim Miller
writer
Peter Morfoot
writer
Russell Nash
writer
Giles New
writer
Lucy Porter
writer
Paul Powell
writer
Stephen Powell
writer
Howard Pratt
writer
Richard Preddy
writer
Gary Howe
writer
Chris Reddy
writer
Andy Riley
writer
Tony Roche
writer
Gavin Rogers
writer
David Scott
writer
Keiron Self
writer
Nigel Smith
writer
Nat Sones
writer
Kay Stonham
writer
Mike Tier
writer
Tanya Tier
writer
Liz Webb
writer
Jody Lammas Daniell
writer
Paul Powell
script editor
Dominic Brigstocke
director
Ben Fuller
director
Jane Berthoud
producer
Gareth Edwards
producer
Jon Plowman
executive producer

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