Alan Davies’ Teenage Revolution

9:00pm Thursday, September 23 on C4

The final episode, Get Up, Stand Up , charts the end of the 1980s, its legacy and the beginning of Alan’s comedy career. Alan tracks down some of the inspirational figures who for him defined the era, from Rory Bremner to Neil Kinnock. In 1988, after four years of studying drama at university, Alan joined the ranks of the unemployed. He traces the beginnings of his desire to perform on stage, and how this eventually propelled him to climb the slippery slope of stand-up comedy.

9:00pm Thursday, September 16 on C4

Alan flees the suburbs and discovers a host of political causes to die for – or at least wear the badge for. By the mid-1980s, Thatcher’s Britain was bitterly divided by political debate, and Alan was in the thick of it. He revisits the 80s counterculture of his youth – from animal rights and gay rights to Ban the Bomb and Coal not Dole – and he comes face-to-face with one of the arch-bogeymen of the Left – Norman Tebbitt. Alan also meets some of the personal heroes who for him defined the political battles of the era, including folk-punk singer Billy Bragg and gay rights activist Sir Ian McKellen.

9:00pm Thursday, September 9 on C4

Actor and comedian Alan Davies grew up in the 1980s, an era when it seemed everything from race relations to sexual politics, jobs and the economy was going through a revolution. And it was the conflicts of that decade that helped shape Alan, and shaped the Britain we live in today. Packed with archive footage and home videos, this three-part series offers Alan’s very personal history of the 1980s. In the first film – The Rebel from Suburbia – Alan returns to his Essex roots to rediscover his rebellious schoolboy years.

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