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Series / Whoops Apocalypse

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Whoops Apocalypse is a six-part 1982 British television sitcom by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, made by London Weekend Television for ITV. Marshall and Renwick later reworked the concept as a 1986 film of the same name from ITC Entertainment, with almost completely different characters and plot (although one or two of the original actors returned in different roles).

Our main characters are:


Tropes used in the show include:

  • Badass Bystander: A major sub-plot in the early episodes has the Soviets brutally interrogating a sweet, harmless elderly husband and wife whom they believe to be undercover agents for the West. The audience laughs merrily along at this, until suddenly...they beat the crap out of their interrogators, produce various spy-tech gadgets, and stage a jail break.
  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: The British PM thinks he's Superman. By the time the nukes start flying, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary join him in the delusion, as the Green Lantern and Hawkman respectively.
  • Coffin Contraband: This is one of the ways Lacrobat smuggles the Quark bomb to the Middle East (with the bodies of two circus dwarfs and himself in a ringmaster's outfit to complete the disguise). Unfortunately, he loses track of the coffin, and it ends up being taken to a crematorium. Kaboom.
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  • Dirty Communists: The Soviet and British Governments.
  • Ignorant About Fire: This show has a scene where the deposed Shah of Iran is aboard a space shuttle (yeah...) and a fire breaks out. His idiot sidekick hands him what he thinks is a fire extinguisher, but is actually an oxygen cylinder. (This was foreshadowed in reverse in a previous episode.)
  • Insistent Terminology: Johnny Cyclops objects to an incredibly destructive bomb being named after him and recommends "the Quark Bomb" instead. The Newsreader still describes it as "the Quark Bomb, formerly known as the Johnny Cyclops Bomb after the president of the same name" every time he mentions it.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: The tea lady brings in a trolley with two tray of buns, which start rotating, revealing that they're hiding reel-to-reel tape.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Cyclops is a (rather kind) parody of Reagan.
      • In the film, the previous president, a former circus clown is also a parody of Ronald Reagan
    • Pork is a mix of (at the time) Labour Party leader Michael Foot and Peter Shore.
      • The foreign secretary was inspired by David Owen
    • The Jailed President in the Film is based of Richard Nixon
    • The Deacon is Alexander Haig(Haig was actually known as The Vicar in the White House but the writers didn't known at the time)
    • Princess Wendy is a parody of Princess Diana
    • Democratic Senator Jimmy Hennessy is a parody of Senator Teddy Kennedy).
  • Our Presidents Are Different:
    • Cyclops is a bit of a focus group and personable, Kevin Pork is a PM lunatic.
    • For the movie, President Barbara Adams is a President Minority and President Focus Group. British PM Sir Mortimer Chris is a Prime Minister Lunatic (his policies include creating new jobs by pushing employed people off cliffs).