Alistair McGowan's Big Impression

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In 1999, the BBC gave McGowan his own primetime sketch vehicle, which quickly matched and outstripped Bremner and Dead Ringers as the most popular impressionism series on TV. As Bremner's comedy became increasingly political, McGowan made the worlds of entertainment and sport his primary targets and aided by highly impressive make-up and costumes, impressively took off a wide range of celebrities (from Richard Madeley and Gary Lineker to Naseem Hamed and Robert Kilroy-Silk). He was assisted greatly by his talented female partner Ronni Ancona, whose mimicry of such stars as Barbara Windsor and Ruby Wax widened the scope for potential sketches.

Episode Description

1

Alistair McGowan's 2000 Impressions

TV special. A roundup of the year's celebrity highlights hosted by Alistair's Angus Deayton and Ronni Ancona's Carol Smillie.

2

Alistair McGowan’s Big ‘Enders

3

Alistair McGowan’s Big World Cup

4

Alistair McGowan’s Big Jubilee

5

The Big Impression Christmas Special

6

Posh & Becks’ Big Impression

7

The Big Impression Euro 2004 Special

Episode Description

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Episode 1

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona present a new image for Posh & Becks, as well as Prince Naseem, the Gallagher brothers, Cher, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Matthew Kelly.

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Episode 2

Impressionist Alistair McGowan and friends re-enact Sir Paul McCartney's Parkinson interview, put Charlie Dimmock in an amorous situation with Alan Titchmarsh, and Eddie Izzard on the Star Trek set.

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Episode 3

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona's sketch show sees Ronan Keating impress with his latest hit, Michael Barrymore receive a special award from Michael Parkinson, and Lily Savage join Eddie Izzard in a remake of Some Like It Hot.

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Episode 4

Impressionist Alistair McGowan and friends produce 'Ground Force: The Movie', turn singer Robbie Williams into an electricity board engineer and cast Hugh, Richard E. and Cary Grants in 'The Student Grants'.

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Episode 5

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona star in sketches that see Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard reminisce about his days as a classical actor and the Royal Family watching the Royal Variety Show.

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Episode 6

Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona star in sketches featuring chat-show king Michael Parkinson conducting an interview with rival host Clive Anderson, played by Rory Bremner.
Episode Description

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Episode 1

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Richard and Judy, Beppe and Steve from Eastenders, and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.

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Episode 2

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Posh and Becks, Richard and Judy, Lorraine Kelly, and Robert Kilroy-Silk.

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Episode 3

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Pauline, Peggy and Steve from Eastenders, Angus Deaton and Ian Hislop.

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Episode 4

Comic mimicry from Alistair McGowan. Impersonations include Posh and Becks, the Queen and BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond.

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Episode 5

Alistair McGowan makes more impressions, helped by Ronni Ancona and others. Impersonations include Frank Skinner, Gary Lineker, Madonna, Michael Parkinson, Prince Charles and Trevor Brooking.

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Episode 6

Impressionist Alistair McGowan, partner Ronni Ancona and the rest of the team conclude the series of celebrity mimicry.