16. Whoops Apocalypse! (1982)

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Welcome back to YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING, a podcast about British sitcoms.

Join your hosts Tony Black & Robert Turnbull as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of WHOOPS APOCALYPSE! by discussing David Renwick & Andrew Marshall’s cult comedy from 1982.

A satire of the end of the world, the series features a feckless US President under the spell of a fundamentalist, a decaying Soviet state of old men and cloned replacements, and a bonkers British Prime Minister who believes he is Superman. The show depicts, at the latter stage height of the Cold War, a race between idiots toward WW3 – does the series resonate in a 2020s with escalating nuclear conflict and a resurgent Russian threat? We take a look.

In two weeks time, join Tony & Rob as they celebrate the centenary of the BBC with a whistle stop tour through the history of the BBC sitcom…

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Tony Black

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Robert Turnbull

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