My guide on a traditional British sitcom

Backside Ceaselessly: Reminiscences of a cult comedy traditional is, so far as I do know, the primary guide to ever be written about widespread ’90s comedy sequence Backside, to my thoughts the best sitcom ever made.

Adrian Peel along with his Kindle guide on cult 90s sequence Backside. Image: Keith Heppell

I began the undertaking in 2014 following the dying of 1 its stars, Rik Mayall, did the entire interviews for it (between 2014 and 2018), wrote a part of it after which left it for a number of years – for numerous causes – returning to it in 2020 whereas furloughed throughout Covid-19.

Lots of the actors I spoke to offered fascinating recollections of their time engaged on the present, as did the producer of sequence three, Jon Plowman, who has additionally labored on such comedy classics as Completely Fabulous, The Vicar of Dibley, and The League of Gents, and whom I contacted through Fb.

One factor that every one my interviewees appeared to agree on was how a lot enjoyable it was engaged on the programme and the way pleasant, open {and professional} Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson had been.

Though not everybody that I attempted to get in contact with bought again to me – or in the event that they did they weren’t up for being interviewed – I did handle to talk to some who’ve loved very profitable careers.


One among these was actor Kevin McNally, who was within the very first episode because the proprietor of the intercourse store.

He went on to turn into a key a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (as Mr Gibbs) and likewise appeared alongside Tom Cruise within the 2008 movie, Valkyrie.

Backside Ceaselessly cowl

Different well-known business figures I managed to elicit solutions from (I interviewed 13 folks in whole) included British comedy stalwart Helen Lederer, veteran star of stage and display Roger Sloman, the aforementioned Jon Plowman, Gareth Marks, who performed ‘Simon in Advertising’ in Bridget Jones’s Diary, ‘Dave Hedgehog’ himself Christopher Ryan – who additionally had memorable roles in The Younger Ones, Completely Fabulous and Solely Fools and Horses – and the present’s star and co-writer Adrian Edmondson.

I chatted to the latter for the Cambridge Impartial in September 2018 to debate Vulcan 7, a brand new play he was bringing to the Cambridge Arts Theatre, which additionally featured his outdated Younger Ones colleague, Nigel Planer.

After we’d spoken in regards to the play, I talked to him a bit about Backside – which was one thing of a dream come true. I advised him I believed the sequence was vastly underrated. “I such as you,” was his reply.

Since I self-published the guide in August, I’ve found that three different followers of the sequence had bought collectively a few years in the past to put in writing a guide referred to as Speaking Backside, however I imagine it’s but to be printed.

I’ve additionally seen lately that TV channel Gold is to broadcast a brand new documentary, Backside Uncovered.


It’s set to be screened subsequent yr, when will probably be 10 years because the premature dying of Rik Mayall, absolutely one of many biggest comedy abilities this nation’s ever produced.

It looks like Backside would possibly lastly be getting a number of the recognition it deserves.

Backside Ceaselessly: Reminiscences of a cult comedy traditional is obtainable now on Amazon Kindle. The nice folks on the British Comedy Information had been additionally sort sufficient to offer it a point out at

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