The Russ Abbot Show
The Russ Abbot Show was a British television comedy series which starred Russ Abbot and ran on the BBC from 1986 to 1991, and for 14 episodes on Granada Television from 1994 to 1995. It featured comedy performers Les Dennis, Bella Emberg, Tom Bright, Maggie Moone, Suzy Aitchison, Gordon Kennedy, Paul Shearer and Sherrie Hewson among others.
The series showcased Abbot's talents as an all round entertainer and included characters such as Basildon Bond, a James Bond parody, 'Cooperman', a cross between Tommy Cooper and Superman, and C.U. Jimmy, a virtually unintelligible red-headed Scotsman. The programme attracted millions of viewers weekly. The show was very popular amongst younger viewers, prompting two annuals to be published in 1982 and 1983. The annuals featured comic strips based on popular characters Abbot had created in the various series of the show. It was also notable for its "Tears of laughter" theme song, which played at the start and end of the show. The stop motion animation titles were by 3 Peach Animation.
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