39 episodes

The Bottom podcast - three foxy stoats discuss and appreciate the world's greatest sitcom, courtesy of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, over an Esther Rantzen cocktail and pickled onion sandwich. From Paul Tanter, Mat Brooks and Angela Pearson. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all @talkingbottom or drop us an email at 11mafekingparade@gmail.com

Talking Bottom Talking Bottom

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    • 4.6 • 144 Ratings

The Bottom podcast - three foxy stoats discuss and appreciate the world's greatest sitcom, courtesy of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, over an Esther Rantzen cocktail and pickled onion sandwich. From Paul Tanter, Mat Brooks and Angela Pearson. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all @talkingbottom or drop us an email at 11mafekingparade@gmail.com

    Paul Jackson interview part 2

    Paul Jackson interview part 2

    Talking Bottom's interview with TV titan Paul Jackson continues as he discusses making Filthy, Rich and Catflap, seeing Rik and Ade in Waiting for Godot, slapstick, working with writers, special effects in sitcoms, producing TV in the US and Australia, working with Ant and Dec, chairing Comic Relief, the American remake of The Young Ones, Heil Honey I'm Home!, pathos in comedy, the current lack of political satire and being thanked by Rik on stage at Exeter Uni,


    Plus of course lots about Bottom including its genesis, Alan Yentob wanting the title changed, how the Bottom pilot episode came about, seeing it recorded, the live shows and Guest House Paradiso.


    The book "Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom" can be found to order at: https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

    • 1 hr
    Paul Jackson interview part 1

    Paul Jackson interview part 1

    Talking Bottom is thrilled to be joined by legend of British comedy, Paul Jackson. He brought alternative comedy to the masses and was the man who got The Young Ones on TV (which he also directed), changing the face of sitcoms forever. Amongst working on a plethora of great shows he also gave us Filthy, Rich and Catflap, Red Dwarf and the pilot episode of Bottom.


    In part 1, Paul chats about his entry into TV and his early years rising to become a producer, his comedy influences, working with the Two Ronnies and on Steptoe and Son, meeting Rik and Ade, Boom Boom Out Go The Lights, writing, comic duos, throwing himself into puddles, bringing The Young Ones to TV and a treasure trove of stories about it.


    The inteview continues in part 2.


    The book "Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom" can be found to order at: https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S4E2 - Class and Poverty

    S4E2 - Class and Poverty

    Three media twats pontificate on class in sitcoms and the importance of it and poverty in Bottom. Paul, Mat and Angela talk about the classifications of class, sitcoms and sketches where class plays an important part. They cover Richie and Eddie's place in society, possible history and education.


    Numerous other sitcoms are discussed including Only Fools and Horses, Red Dwarf and Gavin and Stacy, plus shooting multi camera format vs single camera. Also, feminist chat!


    The book "Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom" can be found to order at: https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Mark Lambert interview (IT‘S THE GAS MAN!!!)

    Mark Lambert interview (IT‘S THE GAS MAN!!!)

    HELLO MR GAS MAN! Talking Bottom prepares the steaming cold tea for a very special guest. Olivier award nominated veteren of stage and screen, Mark Lambert brings his frying pan and joins us for a chat. He tells all about his career, early days at Uni with Rik, working as a character actor, plummeting from a building in Cracker, having "Gas Man" yelled at him and of course, his role as quite possibly Bottom's most memorable guest star.


    The conversation took place over Zoom so please forgive the occasional connection drop out.


    The book "Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom" can be found to order at: https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

    • 57 min
    S4E1 - Physical Comedy

    S4E1 - Physical Comedy

    30 years ago today Bottom expolded onto British TV! To celebrate three decades of the world's best sitcom we are looking at some of the themes that make the show what it is. That's right, we're over-analysing it to fuck!


    First up is physical comedy. Mat, Paul and Angela discuss its history, evolution, rules, legends and international appeal. We look at examples in British comedy and, of course many moments in Bottom and Rik and Ade's other work.


    The book "Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom" can be found to order at: https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Bottom Live 5 - 2003: Weapon Grade Y-Fronts Tour

    Bottom Live 5 - 2003: Weapon Grade Y-Fronts Tour

    In the final live show, Eddie's locked himself away in the toilet and Richie finds he's been inventing gadgets. The pair embark on an adventure through time and space on-board Eddie's time machine "The Turdis" which is a toilet cubicle.


    Angela, Paul and Mat discuss plot holes, crowdpleasing, repurposing old material, absurdist humour, the Only Fools and Horses musical and dad jokes. Plus the final Talking Bottom quiz!


    The book "Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom" can be found to order at: https://unbound.com/books/bottom/

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Tintinbulldog ,

GAS MAN! GAS MAN! GAS MAN!!

The Gas Man episode holds a very special place in my heart. I was 18 and I’d come home early from a terrible night out and felt pretty deflated. The Gas Man episode happened to be just starting when I got home and I’ve never laughed so much in my life!
Thank you for this podcast and for getting the actual GAS MAN on as a guest, it’s pretty awesome.

mariner chopper ,

The Timotei of Podcasts

Fantastic podcast from obvious super fans of this amazing show! Great that you’ve got people Talking Bottom nearly 30 years on. Thanks for the shout out in Series 3 round up!

A big Halo fan ,

Great Podcast and Hosts

They really know their Bottom and are really likeable and entertaining people, I would definitely listen to them talk about other shows.

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