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Who Dares Wins
Who Dares Wins is a UK comedy sketch show broadcast between 1983 and 1988 featuring Jimmy Mulville, Rory McGrath, Philip Pope, Julia Hills and Tony Robinson. It was one of the first outlets for alternative comedy and was broadcast by Channel 4 late at night as a first attempt at After The Pub television. The opening title sequence shows a man staggering home from the pub to get to the television in time for the programme. It was filmed live on a soundstage in front of an audience.
Mulville, McGrath and Pope had all contributed material to Not the Nine O'Clock News. Other script material was provided by News regular Colin Bostock-Smith and Andy Hamilton. The series established Mulville's Hat Trick Productions as a producer of comedy material for Channel 4.
The program sometimes satirised current events but the mainstay was simple observational comedy and frequently employed base humour (the title sequence was a tracking camera shot showing somebody returning from the pub, including walking past a drunk who had pissed himself).
The show pioneered a sketch style involving a roaming camera - the camera would move from character to character within a room who would then deliver their lines and/or jokes. (An idiom later used in the Fox Network sitcom That 70s Show.)
Notable sketches included
- Philip Pope singing a Barry Manilow-style song, initially praising a lost love, but realising how horrible she was and changing his lyrics accordingly
- Tony Robinson appearing in a sketch as the emperor (as in The Emperor's New Clothes), and appearing on stage totally naked. And then hanging around in following sketches, still naked, seemingly not knowing what to do with himself
- A parody of Channel 4's "red triangle" series of films which showed explicit content (usually foreign films), in which an Eskimo film is shown complete with explicit nose kissing and nose masturbation
The British security forces learn that a militant group attached to the anti-nuclear movement plans a significant act of terrorism, though they do not know what it entails or where and when it will take place. In order to find out, an SAS officer, Capt Skellen (played by Lewis Collins) infiltrates the militant group. However, before he can report what he fhas found to his superiors, the group takes hostage the residence of the American ambassador and demands that a nuclear weapon is fired at the Holy Loch submarine base in Scotland. When it is clear that negotiation will not resolve the situation, the SAS is sent in to deal with the terrorists.
Who Dares Wins is a motto of two special forces elite units: the British SAS and the Israeli Sayeret Matkal (in Hebrew: מי שמעז - מנצח). This motto represents the importance of courage, resourcefullness and the guts to try new ways - for accomplishing successfuly missions who are thought to be impossible.
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