In Bed with Medinner

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In Bed with Medinner was a 1990s late-night British TV programme starring Bob Mills. It could, in many ways, be considered an unofficial precursor to both the contemporary Harry Hill's TV Burp and Russell Brand's Ponderland.

In Bed with Medinner was a London Weekend Television production for ITV. Standup comic Bob Mills specialised in a cynical view of life and its everyday objects, and in pastiches of popular culture icons.

The show was set in Mills' home, which was dressed to resemble the home of Number Six from The Prisoner and, in the final series, Steed's flat from The Avengers. The first three series opened with a parody of The Prisoner while the fourth and final series was re-titled Still In Bed With Medinner, and the opening sequence changed to be a parody of the classic Avengers Series Five title sequence.

Mills wanders around his flat, telling ludicrous fictional anecdotes about his showbusiness friends and reminiscing about his (fictional) time as a television producer. These stories are illustrated by genuine clips from the ITV archives, which, interspersed with Mills' own heavily-contrived commentaries and bizarre non-sequiturs, come together to reveal surreal fictional backstories.

Only shown very late in the evening, it distinguished itself as entertainment for those who work on night-shifts, or those who are up late.


Original broadcasts and video releases

In Bed with Medinner ran from 1992 through to 1999, totalling 60 episodes: fifty-four 30-minute episodes and six 60-minute episodes.

  • Series One consisted of two 30-minute specials shown 20 November and 27 November 1992.
  • Series Two consisted of six 60-minute episodes and ran from 8 April to 13 May 1994.
  • Series Three consisted of twenty-six 30-minute episodes and ran from 11 January to 22 November 1997.
  • Series Four consisted of twenty-six 30-minute episodes and ran from 6 February to 24 April 1998 and 10 January to 25 April 1999.
  • An hour-long compilation of highlights of the first and second series Wot a Palaver − The Best of In Bed with Medinner broadcast by London-area ITV on 2 August 1996, having been released on VHS on 26 September 1994.

Cultural references

The title was a parody of Madonna's 1991 film In Bed With Madonna.[1]

Episode guide

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