The complete boxset of The Real McCoy, the classic ‘90s sketch comedy series, has been made available on BBC iPlayer.
Originally broadcast between 1991 and 1996, the sketch show was one of the first to feature a primarily Black and Asian cast, exploring matters of relevance to their communities.
Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, added: “This seminal sketch show broke down barriers and gave diverse comedy a crucial mainstream platform in the early 90s.
“It laid the foundations for inclusiveness and representation that we’re continuing to build on today.”
The Real McCoy saw the rise of such comedy stalwarts as Robbie Gee, Llewella Gideon, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Curtis Walker, the latter of which formed the double-act central to the first two series with Ishmael Thomas.
The series delved deep into Black and Asian experiences while spoofing their many stereotypes and celebrities, with some even guest starring, such as footballer Ian Wright and newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald.
The Real McCoy also inspired a whole new generation of comedic talent including Mo Gilligan and Judi Love, and series such as BBC Three’s Famalam.
Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said: “We continue to expand the choice available on BBC iPlayer and I’m thrilled that we can now add The Real McCoy to our fabulous collection of current and classic comedy series.”
The complete series of The Real McCoy is available now on BBC iPlayer.