Bottom (TV series)

British sitcom television series

Bottom is a British television sitcom created by Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall. It was first broadcast on BBC2 between 1992 and 1995. The show stars Edmondson and Mayall as two poor, perverted flatmates in Hammersmith, London. The show uses violent slapstick comedy.[1]

GenreBlack comedy
Created byAdrian Edmondson
Rik Mayall
StarringAdrian Edmondson
Rik Mayall
Opening theme"BB's Blues"
by The Bum Notes
Ending theme"Last Night"
by The Bum Notes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes18
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Original release
Release17 September 1991 (1991-09-17) –
10 April 1995 (1995-04-10)

Two stage shows between 1993 and 2003; and one movie, Guest House Paradiso (1999), were also made about Bottom. In 2004, Bottom was voted number 45 in a poll for Britain's Best Sitcom.[2]



Series 1 (1991)

Title First broadcast Synopsis
"Smells" 17 September 1991 (1991-09-17) Richie and Eddie take advantage of a revolutionary new sex-spray and head to the pub.
"Gas" 24 September 1991 (1991-09-24) After accidentally beating up the Gas Man, Richie and Eddie must remove an illegal gas pipe without disturbing their violent neighbour.
"Contest" * 1 October 1991 (1991-10-01) After Eddie spends their £11.80 dole on a second-hand copy of Parade, the pair place a bet on the "Miss World" contest.
"Apocalypse" 8 October 1991 (1991-10-08) After receiving £600 from his auntie's will, Richie ends up receiving a curse from a Gypsy fortune teller.
"'S Up" 15 October 1991 (1991-10-15) Richie and Eddie are left in charge of their landlord's shop.
"Accident" 22 October 1991 (1991-10-22) Richie breaks his leg, but is determined not to let it spoil his birthday celebration.

Series 2 (1992)

Title First broadcast Synopsis
"Digger" 1 October 1992 (1992-10-01) Richie secures a date by pretending to be an aristocrat.
"Culture" * 8 October 1992 (1992-10-08) When their TV is 'taken away', Richie and Eddie desperately try to find ways to fend off boredom.
"Burglary" 15 October 1992 (1992-10-15) Richie and Eddie catch a burglar.
"Parade" + 22 October 1992 (1992-10-22) Richie and Eddie get free money from an identity parade.
"Holy" 29 October 1992 (1992-10-29) Richie and Eddie experience a Christmas Day miracle.
"'S Out" + 10 April 1995 (1995-04-10) Richie and Eddie go camping out on Wimbledon Common.

Series 3 (1995)

Title First broadcast Synopsis
"Hole" * + 6 January 1995 (1995-01-06) Richie and Eddie are trapped at the top of the tallest Ferris wheel in Western Europe which is due to be blown up the very next day.
"Terror" 13 January 1995 (1995-01-13) The pair plan a Halloween party and go trick-or-treating.
"Break" 20 January 1995 (1995-01-20) The duo prepare for their holiday in Doncaster.
"Dough" 27 January 1995 (1995-01-27) Eddie begins forging money, forcing the duo and their friends to enter a pub quiz to pay off a thug.
"Finger" 3 February 1995 (1995-02-03) Having acquired the honeymoon tickets of newlyweds Mr and Mrs Cannonball Taffy O'Jones, the pair descend upon a luxury hotel masquerading as the honeymooners.
"Carnival" 10 February 1995 (1995-02-10) Richie and Eddie have the best seats for the annual Hammersmith riots, then try to make videos for the BBC.

'*' = Episodes featuring only the two main characters
'+' = Episodes where no part of the episode is set in the flat


  1. "British Sitcom Guide - Bottom". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2008. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)
  2. "BBC - Britain's Best Sitcom - Top 11 to 100". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2008.