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Entertainment The Real McCoy's long journey back to BBC iPlayer

09:55  02 august  2020
09:55  02 august  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

The Real McCoy has finally been added to BBC iPlayer after years of fan campaigns

  The Real McCoy has finally been added to BBC iPlayer after years of fan campaigns The groundbreaking show originally ran in the early 90s.The comedy series, which ran between 1991 and 1996, was notable for being one of the first UK sketch shows to feature predominantly Black and Asian talent both in front of and behind the camera.

The Real McCoy . The groundbreaking sketch show that brought the black British perspective to TV, packed with guest stars, music and razor-sharp comedy.

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The Real McCoy burst onto our screens in 1991 and became the first all-Black sketch show on British television. But since coming off air in 1996 it hasn't been screened since – until now.

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Every now and again, The Real McCoy's sketch about a typical Jamaican takeaway does the rounds on social media, despite being over 20 years old. Highlighting the terse yet comical interactions that often go on in such places, it captured the experience perfectly, from the slow, clipped flap of the owner's flip-flops, reluctantly going to take an order, to the inevitable news that your food of choice – no matter what – is unavailable.

The Real McCoy Makes A Welcome Return To The BBC, But Why Has It Taken 24 Years?

  The Real McCoy Makes A Welcome Return To The BBC, But Why Has It Taken 24 Years? Many Black TV viewers have welcomed The Real McCoy’s return to BBC iPlayer, 24 years after it was axed. The sitcom made history for being one of the first shows to have an entirely Black cast on national TV in a primetime slot when it aired between 1991 and 1996. It was a show that was ahead of its time, highlighting the then emerging talent that sprung from the Black British comedy scene. For the first time, a virtually all non-white cast and production team was given the freedom to produce a show in an unapologetically Black way. It meant a mass audience sampled the Black British experience whilst getting some serious laughs at the same time.

The BBC has finally added the groundbreaking sketch show The Real McCoy to iPlayer after years of fan campaigns. The comedy series, which ran between 1991 and 1996, was notable for being one of the first UK sketch shows to feature predominantly Black and Asian talent both in front of and behind

The Real McCoy is a classic comedy reflecting the broadcast standards and attitudes of its time. Fast and furious comedy show sketch show, with guest stars Omar and John Simmit joining the usual performers.

It was one of the many sketches that made The Real McCoy what it was: a ground-breaking, BBC Two comedy show that became the first to show Black comedians writing the punchlines instead of being them.

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It launched in 1991 and stood out immediately. After years of only having Lenny Henry for company, it offered Black and Brown faces a whole hour's worth of screen time, talking in accents and acting out experiences that had never seen the light of day on British TV.

In the land before BAME, it brought new Black, Asian and minority-ethnicity faces to an overwhelmingly white comedy landscape. Comedians and comic actors from Leo Chester and Robbie Gee to Llewella Gideon and Meera Syal created characters and spoofs which managed to speak to everyone while remaining unapologetically Black.

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  Black British TV Shows Are Still Missing From Our Screens After a quarter of a century, The Real McCoy made a highly anticipated return to our TV screens on Monday. Every episode of the influential sketch comedy show is now available on BBC iPlayer – the first time many fans will have been able to watch the show since it was originally broadcast between 1991-1996. I was born in 1992 and, by the time I was old enough to watch and appreciate television, The Real McCoy had finished its run. However, I revelled in watching episodes of the hit-show that a family member had taped on VHS – remember those? © BBC The Real McCoy (2) The Real McCoy wasn’t just comedy for the sake of laughs – it was the perfect example of edutainment (w

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The Real McCoy is a classic comedy reflecting the broadcast standards and attitudes of its time. The comedy sketch show returns with some of the best performers from the black comedy scene. Featuring Curtis Walker, Ishmael Thomas, Llewella Gideon and Colette Johnson.

Hortense Pretentious, the black Margaret Thatcher, Samuel the sadistic TfL worker and Kulvinder Ghir's Frank Butcher impressions all struck a chord in being funny and socially aware.

The show ran for five years before being dropped, but even in its absence fans were reluctant to let go. Driven by The Voice newspaper, a 2012 campaign set out to get the BBC to re-run the show even though they didn't feel that there was a "big enough market to justify the investment." And rumour had it that all the tapes had been lost anyway.

But in early July 2020, word spread that the show was coming to BBC iPlayer and for many it was the news they'd been waiting for, although some were more sceptical than others. For years the BBC had shown little interest in re-running the show and had ploughed more money into white comedians in blackface rather than employing actual Black comedians.

But then Black Lives Matter happened and as the corporation nervously cast around for a PR spin, shows like Little Britain and Come Fly With Me got cut from the archives. In the shadow of all this, The Real McCoy's resurrection seems more than coincidental.

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The Real McCoy is a classic comedy reflecting the broadcast standards and attitudes of its time. The special guests in the first of a new series are boxer Frank Bruno and stand-up comedian Junior Simpson.

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That aside, it's good to have The Real McCoy back, even if it is a show of its time. Like other shows of a bygone era, there are dance interludes (a guy dressed as a clown, anyone?), musical performances from the likes of Soul II Soul, stand-up routines lasting five minutes and bits which just wouldn't cut it today. In fact: 'The Real McCoy is a classic comedy reflecting the broadcast standards and attitudes of its time,' says its disclaimer on iPlayer.

None of this distracts from its legacy, though. The Real McCoy showed us that, when allowed, Black and Asian comedians could produce comedy that worked across the board. For a time there was a glimmer of hope that it could all lead somewhere, but the BBC failed to capitalise on such talent.

Admittedly, we had Goodness Gracious Me, Three Non Blondes and, more recently, Famalam but that's not much to show for nearly a quarter of a century. Compare it to the success of the predominantly Black American sketch show In Living Colour, and it shows how things could have been. Created by Keenen Ivory Wayans in 1990, cast members such as Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, dancer Jennifer Lopez and the rest of the Wayans brothers went on to have big careers of their own.

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The Real McCoy is a classic comedy reflecting the broadcast standards and attitudes of its time. Comedy with a black perspective, introducing Dyam Fool Man and Idiot Boy, the world' s latest superheroes.

Search the BBC . iPlayer Navigation. The Real McCoy is a classic comedy reflecting the broadcast standards and attitudes of its time. The popular comedy team are joined in this episode by actor Saeed Jaffrey.

Unsurprisingly, part of The Real McCoy's charm rests on the fact that is very '90s, from the wonky sets and Salt'n'Pepa hairdos to the garish clothes. But overlook that and many of the sketches still stand alone as funny which, in itself, means that it deserves recognition.

The Real McCoy is available on BBC iPlayer.

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