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Rule Comics Britannia

01/08/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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UK TV station BBC Four is set to explore the world of comic books in a new three-part series, Comics Britannia, that hopes to celebrate the achievements of British popular culture - 2000AD and errr 2000AD.

All the obvious suspects are covered, Beano, Bunty, Commando, Viz, The Eagle, and yes, 2000AD.

Narrated by comedy writer Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It), Comics Britannia will feature comics legends who wrote and drew the original strips, comics experts and a range of celebrity fans who re-live their favourite comic strip moments and characters. Bash Street Kids, Dennis the Menace, Roy of The Rovers, Fat Slags, Watchmen, V for Vendetta and others are brought under the spotlight.

Comics Britannia forms the centrepiece of BBC Four's comics season which also includes a one-off film, In Search Of Steve Ditko, which sees Jonathan Ross go in search of his hero - comic book legend, Steve Ditko. Other programmes within the season include Adam West's Batman series and Modesty Blaise.

George Entwistle, Acting Controller, BBC Four, told SFcrowsnest.com, "Whether you grew up on the Beano or Jackie - or wished you'd been allowed to - this season offers a trip down memory lane, peppered with the customary wit and intelligence of BBC Four."

Comics Britannia was commissioned by Adam Kemp and is a BBC Vision Studios Production from BBC Bristol. Michael Poole is the Executive Producer and Alastair Laurence is Series Producer. In Search Of Steve Ditko was commissioned by Adam Kemp and has been made by Hot Sauce TV. Jonathan Ross and Deborah Cox are Executive Producers.

The season broadcasts in September 2007 on BBC Four.

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