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The Joke Machine
UK, ITV (Border), Children's standup/sketch, Colour, 1985
Starring: The Krankies, Andrew O'Connor, Jimmy Cricket

Three batches of children's humour starring a mechanical joke teller, called Fearless Fred in the first series and Charles in the second. The first permitted more 'fandabidozi' fun with the Krankies (see The Krankies Klub, The Krankies Elektronik Komik and Krankies Television for further details on the Scots dynamic duo); the second was fronted by Andrew O'Connor, the third by Jimmy Cricket (with occasional assistance from Pat Coombs and Jim Bowen).

Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.

The Krankies - (Ian and Janette Tough) (series 1)
Andrew O'Connor - (series 2 & specials)
Jimmy Cricket - (series 3)

Harry King - Director / Producer
Paul Corley - Executive Producer (series 1 & 3 & 1987 special)
Ken Stephinson - Executive Producer (series 2 & 1988 special)
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 43 Length: 1 x 25 mins · 9 x 20 mins · 13 x 15 mins · 19 x 10 mins · 1 x short special
Series One (9 x 20 mins) 12 July-6 Sep 1985 · Fri 4.55pm
Series Two (12 x 15 mins · 7 x 10 mins · 1 x 25 mins) Andrew O'Connor's Joke Machine 19 June-27 Oct 1987 · Fri 4.20pm then Tue 4.25pm
Special (15 mins) Andrew O'Connor's Joke Machine 30 Dec 1987 · Wed 10.10am
Short special · part of ITV Telethon '88 30 May 1988 · Mon early-am
Series Three (12 x 10 mins) Jimmy Cricket's Joke Machine 14 Apr-30 June 1989 · Fri 4.20pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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Reviews supplied by Radio Times © 2003 BBC Worldwide - used under licence from BBC Worldwide.

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