Trivia / The Fast Show

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "Suits you, sir!" was never ever said; the line was always "Suit you, sir!"
  • California Doubling: The "Shore Leave" song, supposedly in New York, is clearly filmed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Johnny Depp appeared in one of the "Suit you, sir!" sketches. (If you want to do this, it helps to be Johnny Depp.)
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mark Williams now perhaps better known (especially abroad) for playing Mr Weasley in the Harry Potter movie franchise, and Caroline Aherne for appearing in The Royle Family. Paul Whitehouse was already well-known for working with Harry Enfield. Also, there's Colin McFarlane, who went on to play Commissioner Loeb in The Dark Knight Saga. One sketch even features a young Amy Winehouse.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Simon Day admits to basing "Competitive Dad" on a man he saw at a public swimming pool, who challenged his children to a race and then swam away at top speed leaving them to struggle behind him.
      • This inspiration formed part of the very last Competitive Dad sketch, where we see a video recording of Competitive Dad's own father doing it to him as a child.
    • Rowley Birkin QC was based on a similarly incomprehensible (English) person Paul Whitehouse met in Iceland - although his style also owes something to ventriloquist Ray Alan's puppet Lord Charles.
    • One of Arabella Weir's characters is a woman who suggests something to a group of arguing men, only for them to totally ignore her and hear the suggestion as though one of them had made it. This, as Whitehouse and Higson wryly realised on reading the first sketch, was her commentary on how they tended to treat her in script meetings.
    • Insecure Woman was suggested to Weir by the others, based on herself.
    • Swiss Toni was apparently based on several different real car salesmen.
    • The Suit You Tailors were based on a real person, but oddly enough, a bank manager rather than a tailor.
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