THE Fast Show is to make a 30th anniversary comeback, with a live tour - and its coming to Basingstoke.

It has been 30 years since the show first burst onto television screens and now Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse are reuniting with Simon Day, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Mark Williams for 13 shows across the UK throughout March this year.

The show will be at The Anvil on Friday, March 22 with tickets going on sale on Friday, January 26 at 10am.

Charlie Higson said: “Taking the Fast Show out on tour is very much like making love to a beautiful woman.”

Basingstoke Gazette: Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse are reuniting with Simon Day, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and

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While Paul Whitehouse added: “I’m afraid I was very drunk.”

This celebratory live tour will be a huge treat for fans of the multi-award winning quick-fire TV sketch show and provide a real behind-the-scenes insight into some of their favourite characters and catchphrases as they come alive on stage once again.

The cast will chat together about how it all began, how they made the TV show, and created the characters and the fun they had doing it. This will be interspersed with performances of some of their best-loved sketches monologues and songs, with on-screen inserts and a moment to remember their former collaborator, the late, great Caroline Aherne.

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Fans will be thrilled to see the return of many of their favourite characters, including: Ted & Ralph, Jesse, Swiss Toni, Does My Bum Look Big In This?, Dave Angel, Jazz Club, The Suit You Tailors, Ron Manager, The Mad Painter, Rowley Birkin, Bob Fleming, Competitive Dad, Professor Denzil Dexter, and The Girl Who Boys Can’t Hear.

The Fast Show first aired on BBC2 in1994 and became one of the nation’s best-loved comedy shows, having a huge influence on subsequent TV sketch shows.

Lovers of the show are encouraged to join the team, 30 years on, for a unique evening of celebration.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit