The Mighty Boosh are back!
Series Two to air on BBC THREE from Tue 26 July 2005
Stephen Armstrong, SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
Ben Thompson, TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE
Baby Cow Productions and BBC THREE are pleased to announce the transmission date for the second series of THE MIGHTY BOOSH, the comedy show written by and starring multi-award winning comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. The new series will transmit for six weeks, every Tuesday night at 23.00 from 26 July on BBC THREE.
This time around, THE MIGHTY BOOSH sees the return of our intrepid heroes Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) and Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) stepping out of the Zoo-Niverse to embark on a series of brand new adventures.
The Call of The Yeti
During a break at Kodiak Jack’s reclusive log cabin, Kodiak tells Howard of the mythical Yeti that lives in the forest. His desire for fame and fortune gets the better of him and Howard trades Vince for directions to the Yeti’s lair. However, things don’t go according to plan when the Yeti’s kidnap Howard and Vince is propositioned by a maniac trapper.
The Priest and The Beast
Vince and Howard are struggling to find the new sound needed to secure them a record deal with Pie Face Records. They enlist the help of Naboo who tells them the tail of musical gurus Rudy Van Disarzio and Spider Dijon who only found their new sound after saving a town full of women from the evil Betamax bandit.
In an attempt to impress two goth girls, the boys stage a séance in their front room. Trouble ensues when they summon the most evil demon known to man, an old lady called ‘Nanatoo’, who does a runner with their flat-mate, the Shaman Naboo’s, most magic book. Naboo is livid and gets immediately drunk leaving it up to Howard and Vince to find the demon, retrieve the book and prevent Nanageddon.
Old Gregg The Funky Merman
Following a poorly received gig, the boys decide to skip town for a bit. They take in a spot of fishing on Black Lake where angry at Vince’s fishing success, Howard sends him back to the local pub. Whilst Vince swaps tales with the locals at The King Prawn’s Head, Howard is abducted by ‘Old Gregg’, the eerie merman who haunts the Lake’s waters.
The Nightmare of Milky Joe
Whilst marooned on a desert island, Howard sees an opportunity to nurture his poetry whilst Vince takes to making bamboo fashion lines. However, with no-one to talk to but each other and nothing to eat but rancid coconuts, they soon find themselves in the midst of a coco-nightmare.
Fountain of Youth
When another bad gig is put down to Howard being old and past it, the boys use Naboo’s magical amulet to transport themselves to the Fountain of Youth, where they hope to turn back the clock. However, to get there they must first go through the Desert of Nightmares where they encounter an evil cockney Sultan, a rebel army and ‘Sandstorm’, a beast made of sand that is incapable of love.
Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding (Writers and Performers)
Vince Noir and Howard Moon were first brought to life by Barratt and Fielding in the upstairs room of a North London pub back in the late ‘90’s. They made their Edinburgh Festival debut in 1998 in The Mighty Boosh, winning the coveted Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. Further Edinburgh live shows followed with the Perrier Award nominated Arctic Boosh (1999) and Auto Boosh (2000) which, following a sell out run at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, won the Festival’s prestigious Barry Humphries Award.
In 2001 Barratt and Fielding were commissioned by the BBC to write and star in The Boosh, a six part comedy series for Radio 4 based upon the adventures of Vince and Howard. The series went on to win The Douglas Adams Award for innovative comedy writing. Having seen and loved their Edinburgh shows, Steve Coogan and Henry Normal then set to work securing the Boosh’s first TV commission. In 2004 Baby Cow produced the first series of The Mighty Boosh, which aired on BBC THREE in May of that year moving to BBC2 in the November. Bringing the magical exploits of Vince and Howard into the living rooms of everyday folk, the series was nominated for Best Comedy Newcomer at the 2004 British Comedy Awards and was instantly re-commissioned by the BBC for a second series.
Barratt and Fielding’s additional credits include the BAFTA nominated short film, Sweet and most recently, Chris Morris’ C4 series Nathan Barley.
Additional cast include Michael Fielding (The Mighty Boosh – Series One), Dave Brown (The Mighty Boosh – Series One), (Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh – Series One), Nick Burns (Nathan Barley), Richard Ayoade (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) and Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The Last Chancers, Orcadia).
Paul King (Director)
Having directed Noel Fielding’s Perrier Award nominated Edinburgh festival show, Voodoo Hedgehog, in 2002, Paul King directed the first series of The Mighty Boosh, which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best New Director – Fiction at the Craft Awards. King’s additional credits include the Perrier Award nominated live show, Garth Marenghi’s Fright Night, the Perrier Award winning follow up, Garth Marenghi’s Netherhead and the resulting C4 TV series, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace on which he worked as Associate Director. Prior to starting work on the second series of THE MIGHTY BOOSH, Paul worked on the pilot of The Zeppotron Sketch Show.
Spencer Millman (Producer)
Spencer Millman is the co-writer and producer of the multi-award winning, BAFTA nominated comedy series Bo’ Selecta! Since co-developing the series with its star Avid Merrion back in 2002, Millman has produced three series of the show, a Christmas special, three DVD’s, a Christmas single and the accompanying music video. His previous credits include C4’s, Does Doug Know, Daisy Daisy, Meet Ricky Gervais and The 11 O’Clock Show as well as ITV’s, The Frank Skinner Show. Millman has recently returned from the states where he has been writing and producing, Daisy Does America, a TBS pilot for Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s production company, Coquette Productions.
Tim Hope (Visual Effects Director)
Tim Hope is the multi-award winning animator/director of The Wolf Man. His additional credits include Minema Cinema and a number of commercials and promo videos for bands including Beta Band, One Giant Leap and Coldplay.
Other heads of department include Production Designer James Dillon (My Hero, The Royale Family, The Thin Blue Line and The Crystal Maze), Costume Designer June Nevin (High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman, London, Catterick, Tales From The Crypt, Land Girls and Far and Away) and Makeup & Hair Designer Christine Cant (Ab Fab, Jam, Spaced, The Royale Family, Brass Eye, Father Ted and Hale & Pace).
Baby Cow Productions (Production Company)
Baby Cow was established in 1999 by award winning comedians Steve Coogan and Henry Normal and is now one of the country’s leading independent production companies. With an unrivalled reputation for nurturing new talent, Baby Cow work with some of the most creative and respected young performers, writers and directors working in the industry today. Their multi-award winning television output includes, Nighty Night, I Deal, I Am Not An Animal, Monkey Trousers, The Keith Barrett Show, Marion And Geoff and Human Remains to name but a few. Baby Cow’s Henry Normal and Alison MacPhail are Executive Producers on THE MIGHTY BOOSH.
THE MIGHTY BOOSH (Series Two) will transmit for six weeks every Tuesday night from 26 July 2005 at 23.00 on BBC THREE
The Mighty Boosh Series One DVD is released on 29 August 2005