A Kick Up The Archive

Louise Gold appeared in excerpts from Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee in this compilation of sketches from A Kick Up The Eighties, Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, and, Naked Video. First broadcast at 9:30pm on BBC2 on 31 December 1998


Featuring Sketches With:

Rik Mayall aka Kevin Turvey - in A Kick Up The Eighties

Robbie Coltrane - in A Kick Up The Eighties, and, Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee

Tracey Ullman - in A Kick Up The Eighties

Gregor Fisher - in Naked Video

John Sessions - in Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My License Fee

Louise Gold - in Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My License Fee

Miriam Margolyes - in A Kick Up The Eighties

Jonathon Watson - in Naked Video

Elaine C Smith - in possibly Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee and Naked Video

Tony Roper - in Naked Video

Helen Lederer - in Naked Video

Roger Sloman - in A Kick Up The Eighties

Andy Gray - in Naked Video

Ron Bain - in A Kick Up The Eighties, and, Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee and possibly Naked Video

Myra McFadyen - in Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My License Fee


Production Team

 Produced by - BBC Scotland

 Producer – Mike Bolland


The excerpt which Louise Gold appeared in was from the programme Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee

Myra McFadyen went on to play the third Dynamo role of Rosie in Mamma Mia Cast 4.

John Sessions did voices on Spitting Image and can be heard on the album Spit In Your Ear.

Rick Mayall took part in Comic Relif 1986. His recording credits include Utterly Utterly Live Comic Relief.

Louise Gold, Andy Watson, Jonathan Gray, and Elaine C Smith also appeared in City Lights directed by Ron Bain, which was originally produced for BBC Scotland, but also shown on BBC2.

Robbie Coltrane’s Tv film credits include Alice In Wonderland.

Helen Lederer may have taken part in Thing A Thon.

Elaine C. Smith went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.



by Emma Shane

 This is not going to be a comprehensive review of this comedy compilation show. The sketches went by very quickly for one thing, and for another I am not terribly familiar with the original shows they came from, and had some difficulty in identifying a number of the actors. As with any compilation the difficulty is always going to be what to leave out, and there are some notable items (I have heard about but not seen) which were not included, which of course I felt was a shame. I was also disappointed by the fact that Laugh...??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee’sLouise Gold seemed a little underused, I only spotted her in one skit, as a Scottish wife called Morag. Whereas A Kick Up The Eighties’s Tracy Ullman popped up on numerous occasions, and Naked Video’s Helen Leaderer appeared three times.

That said there were many enjoyable sketches, the ones which stick in my mind include: Robbie Coltrane as an Irish Protestant clergyman preaching to his flock a story about playing cards, Tracy Ullman as A Singing Telegram, A bar scene (Coltrane was the barman serving the customers, with Ullman as his assistant) in which a nun comes in for a packet of peanuts (which are covering the private parts of a picture of a scantily clad woman), Ullman as a secretary explaining to a colleague that “It’s the four minute warning”, Helen Leaderer as the wife of a couple who’s dog causes another walker to fall off a cliff (“He’s just being friendly” says Leaderer), Rick Mayall as Kevin Turvy giving a talk on: Shark Fishing cum Sex cum holding up a bank,  Leaderer as a School Teacher taking part in a TV chat show explaining how she likes to treat the deprived kids quite informally, a man in the casualty department with an axe in his head who apparently keeps doing things like that, and an actor (doing a very convincing Sean Connery impression) dressed  as James Bond trying to seduce his girl played by Leaderer who clearly doesn’t want to be seduced.

And of course there is the only sketch I could actually spot Louise Gold in. The sketch finds Robbie Coltrane, as the husband lying in bed. His wife (played by Gold), already dressed is busying herself about the room, complaining that he got himself beaten up last night. It is fascinating to see Gold with her usually tousled curly chestnut mane for once looking remarkably neat and tidy (flattened down almost to the point of straightness on the top, and gripped neatly in place at the sides). It is also very interesting to hear her speaking with a Scottish accent, I didn’t even know she could (although it is perhaps not very surprising to find that someone as good at accents as she obviously can do that well). She has quite a go at him, and then with perfect comic timing ends the speech with “and by the way a happy birthday”. He practically demands to know whether she has got him a present, of course she has, two, he can tell what they are without unwrapping them. She then hands him a card from his daughter, of Snoopy; which he ends up insisting “looks like the Pope!”. Altogether a curious sketch, one which might be annoying, but actually isn’t, because Gold and Coltrane do such a good job of acting it with conviction and good timing, that in the end one enjoys it enough to be left wishing there was more of Gold’s Laugh...??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee sketches in this compilation.


Links about A Kick Up The Archive

A Kick Up The Eighties, BBC Comedy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/k/kickuptheeightie_7773980.shtml

Laugh...??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, BBC Comedy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/l/laughinearlypaid_7774100.shtml

Naked Video, BBC Comedy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/n/nakedvideo_7774790.shtml

 British Film Institute entry for the programme: http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/610605

BBC Programme Guide’s entry for the programme: http://open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue/infax/programme/NGWH209T

 Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as Miriam Margolyes is among the stars backing this worthy campaign.


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