Sanjeev Bhaskar

Classic sketch comedy The Real McCoy arrives 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.”

David Walliams heads to the seaside for new Gold comedy

David Walliams in Bear's Mission with David Walliams (Credit: ITV)

The three-part series follows Emily Verma (Dew), a 27-year-old living the high life in London after flying the nest from her seaside hometown, Sandylands.

When Emily hears her father Les Vegas (Bhaskar) is lost at sea, she returns to her childhood home and reconnects with her old best friend Tina (Harriet Webb) and quickly befriends her oddball next door neighbours Derek Swallows (Walliams) and his wife Jeannie (Sophie Thompson).