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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • The constantly-giggling "Uncle" Mike Stand was the undisputed master of these, which led to (deliberate by the writers) Unfortunate Implications, since he was a child show host. This was probably the in-universe reason why he was Put on a Bus in later seasons.
    • Certain names and titles had them; most notably the resident daredevil, "The oh-so-daring Mike Hunt" or debate programs with the title "Mass Debate." These were always pronounced very carefully. Played with in the "mass debate", wherein Mike Channel quickly notices the accidental innuendo and tries to avoid it - but unfortunately for him, he's stuck with the pre-recorded jingles.
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  • Awesome Music: Repeatedly. Every single episode of Radio Active, and quite a few episodes of KYTV, had at least one, often two, pre-recorded songs written by Phillip Pope and recorded by the cast, parodying various popular artists, genres or songs. One of them, Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices by "The Hee Bee Gee Bees" (parody of The Bee Gees) even became a minor hit.
  • The Cast Showoff: Angus Deayton studied German and it shows in his fluent delivery of German in episodes like Good Morning Calais.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Martin Brown. He doesn't show up until the fourth season of Radio Active and seems intended as a one-off character (as the episode ends with him being fired), but he returned after a couple of episodes and became the most popular of the recurring characters.
  • Growing the Beard: Radio Active took until the second season to completely gel; the first season is amusing enough but suffers from a lot of Early Installment Weirdness (the presenters are largely interchangeable and personality-less, and the focus is less on their incompetence and more on parodies and eccentric guests) the writing is less sharp, containing a bit of repetitiveness and drawn-out jokes — but by the second season the scriptwriters had found their groove and the show had found its form.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: Mainly due to the adverts (a lot of which are parodies of then-current advertising campaigns) and the musical pastiches. Oddly enough, the rest of the show is much less dated than one would expect; in general, even if they're ostensibly mocking something specific, the parody still works in a more generic sense - for example, "Gigantaquiz" is a parody of a briefly-popular and now-forgotten game show called Ultra Quiz, but it still works as a send-up of big set-piece game shows generally. The parody of Did You See? can be enjoyed as a send-up of arts discussion shows; "The Flu Special" which mocked the "AIDS: Don't Die of Ignorance" campaign, still works as a parody of public health campaigns, and so on.
  • The Woobie: Martin Brown, most definitely. Mike Channel too has moments of this, but is more of a Jerkass Woobie.


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