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ITV 1984-1992 It says something about the sheer quality of this irreverent satire that it was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards, winning one for editing in 1989, over its eight-year run.

Sharp, hilarious and a genuine force for good - at least when it came to pricking the egos of media types - there has never been anything quite like it since.

The initial development of the show was funded by entrepreneur Clive Sinclair.

But despite the financial might of the computer tycoon the show wasn't a huge ratings success straight off the bat, and was nearly cancelled until Red Dwarf creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor lent a hand, leading the show into its '80s heyday.

John Major's ascendence to prime minister marked a decline in the show's fortunes with the writers finding him so boring that they decided to invent an affair between him and Virginia Bottomley.

If only Major's real-life affair with Edwina Currie had come to light sooner!
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 13, 2010
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