Harry Hill and the TV Burp of Certain Hilarity

He might not be to everyone’s taste – but Harry Hill’s TV Burp is one of Britain’s most-watched shows on a Saturday.

With a key position in the Saturday night lineup, Harry Hill’s TV Burp is an anarchic mix of amusing clips from the previous week’s television across all channels, taken out of context and lovingly mocked by the giant shirt collared Harry Hill.

Such is the quality of the writing on the show that whether or not the previous week’s TV has been good or bad, Harry Hill’s TV Burp is one of the few TV shows to guarantee laughs.

Drastically different to the star’s live show, TV Burp has cast Hill into a much vaunted position in the TV establishment, with the show now in its 8th series and one of the focal points of the Saturday night schedule for ITV (which also includes the new Chris Tarrant high stakes quiz The Colour of Money and the increasingly tired Ant & Decs Saturday Night Takeaway).

Some of the funniest moments on Harry Hill’s TV Burp have come thanks to one other Saturday night staple – The X Factor. Among the superb mocking of the biggest talent show in Britain there has been:

The Many Faces of Louis Walsh

The “Eoghan Quigg” look… and most memorably

Britney Spears

Anyone who saw Britney’s X Factor appearance will have found it memorable for all of the wrong reasons – and one week later a bewigged Harry Hill mimicked the troubled songstress’ X Factor turn in a rear-pushed out chicken walking rendition of Womaniser.

With the regular “Fight!” before the commercial break and a poor piece of karaoke from one of the unwitting stars of the show, Harry Hill’s TV Burp is already firmly – and rightly – enconsed in the annals of British television comedy.

About the author

I'm Christian Cawley, a massive fan of UK fantasy television (particularly Doctor Who) and British Comedy.

"Quintessentially British" is my look at those two very British flavours of sci-fi/fantasy and comedy.
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