Talking Bottom

By Mat Brooks, Angela Pearson and Paul Tanter

A Guide to the Cult Sitcom

Humour | Non fiction
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In September 1991 a new comedy graced British screens - at first glance just another sofa-based sitcom – but Bottom was like no other show that’s gone before or indeed since. It skewed viewers’ expectations by being juvenile, crude, violent and very, very funny. Two of life’s losers, trapped on the fringes of society, endured miserable existences and sought solace wherever they could get their kicks; booze, birds and each other’s b*llocks.

Written by and starring prolific comedians Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, Bottom set itself apart from their already celebrated previous work, such as the iconic The Young Ones, and merged cartoon-style slapstick with nob gags and Beckett-style nihilist humour.

Bottom won a British Comedy award and ran for three series, five live stage shows and feature film; Guest House Paradiso. Today fans make do with repeated viewings and, thanks to various streaming platforms, Bottom continues to delight and disgust new audiences.

But that wasn’t enough for some sad old gits. In 2018, three comedy vultures – Mat Brooks, Angela Pearson and Paul Tanter - jumped on the podcast bandwagon so they could pick over their favourite sitcom. Piggy-backing off Rik and Ade’s success, the podcast found fellow die-hard fans that were surprisingly keen to listen to three nobodies’ discussions.

Every podcast forms one-hour portions analysing each Bottom episode. Now, lazily using the same title as the podcast, ‘Talking Bottom: A guide to the cult sitcom’ will not simply parrot what you can download for free. It will be the first and only critical study of Britain’s best ever comedy series.

Think of it as the sad pathtic wunker’s unofficial guide to Bottom. With generous financial backing, three parasitic usurers will channel their lack of social lives and encyclopaedic knowledge of Bottom into a handy paperback you can have a good flick through (oo-er!), just in time to completely miss the show’s 30thanniversary this September.

The book will feature:

* The content of previously unseen first drafts of episode scripts - lost scenes cut and not printed in the script books – providing fascinating insight into how Rik and Ade’s writing process evolved.

* Essays exploring each episode and, yes, we’ll also do the Live shows!

* Chapters on Rik and Ade’s own inspirations (such as Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for GodotSteptoe and Son and Hancock’s Half Hour) and why Bottom deserves a place, in its political and historical context, amongst the greatest traditional British comedies of all time.

* Material drawn from interviews with Rik and Ade, our own interview with Bottom’s director/producer Ed Bye and members of the supporting cast.

* Unseen photographs

* Original artwork

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    Paul Tanter

    Mat Brooks and Paul Tanter met Angela Pearson at her 2012 Bottom-themed pub quiz; celebrating the 21st anniversary of the show first airing on BBC2. There, despite fixing their buzzers, Mat and Paul lost, but won a miniature bottle of Malibu before Ange twotted them with a frying pan.


    All becoming great mates, they leapt into action and immediately six years later started a podcast about Bottom. Their mission? To reignite comedy fans’ love for Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson’s talent for toilet humour, notorious nob gags, slick slapstick, whimsical wordplay and dirty double entendres by talking some complete and utter b***ocks.


    Convinced no one except Sad Ken would listen, they gave up their ample free time to produce and present Talking Bottom, in which they discussed, debated and downright argued about a TV show that had not been broadcast for decades.


    Talking Bottom quickly became a regular in the iTunes podcast chart top ten, as Bottom fans old and new united in their appreciation of the much loved sitcom. Listeners enjoyed warmly remembering the cult British comedy classic, with high praise for the podcast ranging from ‘Nostalgic, funny and informative’ (*****), ‘Fantastic podcast from obvious super fans’ (*****) to ‘Not bad.’ (*)


    Ange is a comedy publicist and journalist, Paul is a film and TV director and Mat is a stand up comedian. But who gives a wangle about that? Talking Bottom is not about them; it’s about honouring what they consider to be the world’s greatest sitcom...ever.

  • The first episode of Bottom - Smells– was unleashed onto an unsuspecting British public at 9pm on Tuesday 17th September 1991 on BBC2. Arriving with its gloriously filthy mix of absurdity and mundanity, the first Bottom instalment (ooh-er) was laden with the whiff of desperation, the stench of Swarfega-soaked underpants and the reek of inadequacy. In short, Smells was the perfect introduction to ‘sad old gits’ Richie and Eddie. A new double act that built upon the palpable chemistry Rik and Ade had honed as co-performers. Fans were almost guaranteed to take these characters eagerly to their bosom (unlike any sane woman Richie and Eddie attempted to woo with their out-dated sexist, homophobic and perverted view of the world).

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  • 17th September 2021 Happy Birthday to Bottom - new reward levels available!

    Bottom is 30 years old today! A rather bumper crop of cards this year! 

    To celebrate, we thought we’d ‘have everyone round from the pub for bit of a drink and a dance’ and then give you an update on the Talking Bottom book! It’s gonna happen!

    Thanks to all you FAAAAAANTASTIC pledgers we are currently furiously writing it, researching it, then stopping and having a fag, and then writing it a…

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  • Kenn Roessler
    Kenn Roessler asked:

    Hello, curious if the Madame Swish pledge level comes with the ebook as well?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Yes it does. Our mistake in not mentioning it! I will change it now. Thank you.

    Matthew Hine
    Matthew Hine asked:

    It says 78% funded but I was just wondering how much more in monetary terms is needed for this please? And how long has this been in the process please?

    Mat Brooks
    Mat Brooks replied:

    Hi Matthew, great name by the way. We are now over 100% funded and we started funding a week ago. Got there very quick, thank you for your interest and support. I hope you bought at lest 3 books x

    Iain Lewis
    Iain Lewis asked:

    Hi guys. Smashing podcast by the way... I donated on behalf of myself and my two brothers, Matthew and Rob. Is it possible for our names to be listed together in the book?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Iain, If you'd like to change the name listed you can do this in your account. More info on how to do this here: http://help.unbound.com/en/articles/3159741-changing-the-supporter-name-that-s-printed-in-a-book I hope this helps! Unbound support

    Scott Free
    Scott Free asked:

    Just wondering as there is two slots to add names. So could I add my name and a friend's name and they will be printed as two separate supporters Scott

    Mat Brooks
    Mat Brooks replied:

    Yes, we would treat your friend as if was a supporter I think. Definitely both names will appear. We wont make your friend stand in the corner cos they haven't been properly invited.