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Peter Fleming Meets Doctor Who!


Peter Fleming Meets Doctor Who!

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Within A&O Edinburgh City Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street
The Alcove: AUG 26 at 15:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Peter Fleming Meets Doctor Who!

Doctor Who is 60. In its life, the programme has encountered many problems. Most of them were the fault of retired children's TV pioneer Peter Fleming.

Warped telly nostalgia from acclaimed character comedian and Blue Peter badge winner Tom Burgess (as seen on BBC Two and heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra).

★★★★ 'A comic love letter to a lost world of Reithian values' (Stewart Lee).

★★★★★ 'The most fun I’ve had at the Fringe… a television and comedy fan’s dream' (Indiependent).

'Gorgeous writing and performance' (Metro).

Best Debut Show (Leicester Comedy Festival 2018).

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News and Reviews for this Show

Peter Fleming; EdFringe 2022 Review

August 24, 2022    Indiependent

Peter Fleming; EdFringe 2022 Review

As a comedy character, Peter Fleming is a one-off. The unholy union of a Doctor Who DVD extra and a Harry Enfield parody, old-school kids TV producer Fleming is here to take us through the history of the BBC in its centenary year. What emerges from Tom Burgess’ finely judged Edinburgh Fringe show is something both hilarious and heartfelt, a Pæan to the Reithian vision of the BBC whilst at the same time mocking its eccentricities and failures. Take a bow sir: it’s the most fun I’ve had at the Fringe.

An hour mixed between stand-up and one-man sketch show, Fleming takes us through the Shakespearian origins of the Beeb to its mid-60s heyday (featuring the BBC bar and poorly judged concepts) and then into the unstable modern period. Surprisingly, at times it feels genuinely like a well-observed history of the Corporation but with added jokes and, whilst for television fans of a certain vintage much is familiar, Burgess manages to drop in some genuine ‘fun facts’ alongside the hilarity.

Humour comes from all directions, ranging from parodies of programmes, satirical jabs at the permissive culture of mid-century Beeb and jokes about a child traumatised by a regenerating Doctor Who. Fleming also explores his own shows, most of which have been wiped (probably deliberately) and which had fabulous titles like ‘Professor Zany’s Mad Laboratory’. These offer plenty of quickfire jokes (the sheer speed and intensity of this comedy is genuinely impressive) but could at times be spun off further: we want to see more of Fleming’s output, rather than Biddy Baxter’s. Regardless, Fleming ably and hilariously carries us along on his exploration of television history.

What is surprising is the genuine affection and pathos within the show. Burgess obviously has a deep love for what the BBC has and still could offer, and the destruction of Television Centre and the BBC’s current impermanence raise genuine emotion amongst the audience. Brief notes of Fleming’s own unsatisfactory life add to this: his is a yearning for a lost golden age of personal and professional success. These add greater depth to the character, meaning that Burgess can both explore other styles of comedy within the show, but also create a genuine connection with the audience. All this, and then immediately followed by quickfire shots at Blue Peter presenters.

‘Peter Fleming’s Woefully Inaccurate History of the BBC’ is a television and comedy fans dream. Combining top-class stand-up, parody and sketch with TV in-jokes and a genuine love of its subject material, Burgess has crafted a truly unique crowd pleaser. After all, how many comedies reference The Quatermass Experiment?

Words by Issy Flower Click Here For Review