Three of a Kind

Infobox Television
show_name = Three of a Kind


caption =
format = Sketch comedy
runtime = 30 min
creator =
starring = Tracey Ullman Lenny Henry David Copperfield
country = UK
network = BBC1
first_aired = 22 July 1981
last_aired = 8 October 1983
num_episodes = 18 (17 plus 1 short special)
imdb_id = 0081946

"Three of a Kind" was a fast-paced and non-satirical sketch show starring comedians Tracey Ullman, Lenny Henry and David Copperfield.

Although "Three of a Kind" was screened at the point in time at which alternative comedy came to the fore on television, it was a far more mainstream programme, which combined quick-fire sketches with a more traditional style of humour.

The show bolstered the careers of Ullmann and Henry, as well as being an outlet for young writers including Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, Ian Hislop and Nick Revell.

Lenny Henry was shortly given his own TV series in 1984 after "Three Of A Kind" finished.

Commercial releases

Video and DVD

A single video of the show, entitled "Three of a Kind" and released under the 'Best of British Comedy' banner appeared in 1988 from 20th Century Fox. It contained the four episodes of the first series edited together into one program, less the musical guest performances.

This same video was released earlier in the UK in 1985 by BBC Video & re-released in 1998 under Paradox Videos. In 2005 and 2006, DVDs of each series were released in the UK under 2entertain/BBC Worldwide.


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