Comedian Tim Vine’s TV choices

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out 74-date UK tour and run at the Edinburgh Festival, king of the one-liners Tim Vine returns with The Joke-amotive on DVD from Monday 21st November.

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“Every carriage is packed full of silly gags and songs. Yes the Joke-amotive is pulling into your living room now. He’s wearing platform shoes and he’s got the carriage of a lion. What a goody choo choos. It’s the gag rush hour. His dis-embark is worse than his dis-embite. Be on your guard. Take a deep breath and hold on tight. This train Timinates here!”

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We caught up with Tim to find out what he likes to watch to relax between shows…

Favourite TV show to cheer you up:

“I recently got rid of a lot of VHS’s, but one I kept was the best of The Benny Hill Show. I never tire of it and I think he’s hugely underrated.”

Favourite TV show to watch before going to sleep:

Match of the Day. I love settling into an armchair for that. I’m normally gripped and then the last couple of matches I do that trying to stay awake nodding off thing. It really annoys my wife. Well, it would do if I had a wife.”

TV show that reminds you of your childhood:

“It would have to be Starsky & Hutch. Saturday nights I was allowed to stay up and watch it. I can still remember glancing at the clock on the wall and thinking how late it was as the hands approached ten o’clock. I was 27.”

TV show that reminds you of being a teenager:

“I was a massive fan of The Young Ones. Well Rik Mayall really. As a teenager he was my comedy hero. I once got him to sign my hand after a live Young Ones show at Wimbledon Theatre.”

Favourite “guilty pleasure” TV show:

“Now and again I watch channels like Bid-Up TV. I don’t know what’s going on but it sounds terribly exciting.”

TV show that you find most addictive:

Judge Judy. The trouble is that they put several of them on in a row in the morning. If I’m pottering I can easily waste a couple of hours on it. She’s great. ‘I’m twalking maam!'”

Favourite TV show to watch hungover:

“Anything but The Tweenies. The colours in that show give me a hangover without the need for alcohol.”

Axed TV show that you most wish would return:

“The ones I want back are from the seventies and that’s really because it’s the stars that I want back. And sadly most of the stars from seventies shows are not as they were. (Dead.) Hey, I’ve just thought of a show where that doesn’t apply. Bring back The Muppet Show!”

Watch the trailer for The Joke-amotive