The BEST episodes directed by Paul King

310 votes

#1 - Bollo

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 3

Bollo, the eldest and most respected gorilla at the Zoo-niverse is gravely ill. Bob Fossil persuades Howard to dress in an ape suit, replacing Bollo, so that he can continue accepting sponsorship money for the gorilla. Everything's going smoothly until the Grim Reaper arrives and mistakenly takes Howard to Ape Hell instead. Vince sets off to rescue Howard and they run into trouble when they encounter the Ape of Death who is plagued with problem hair.

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220 votes

#2 - Tundra

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 4

In an attempt to compete with daring adventurer Dixon Bainbridge, Howard and Vince set off in search of the Egg of Mantumbi - with the assistance of Gary Numan. Into the whiteness, the nothingness of the Arctic Tundra, the boys come face to face with hideous ice demon Black Frost. Luckily, Vince has befriended a polar bear.

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Blast Off
157 votes

#3 - Blast Off

James May's 20th Century - Season 1 - Episode 2

James May investigates what the Space Race did for all of us who never got a chance to blast off into orbit, discovering that the race to the moon began in Chiswick, West London. James gets to road-test a street-legal version of the lunar buggy, but finds out gravity makes the handling difficult. After taking his own satellite photo from 700km above Earth, he then travels to NASA's launch pad in Florida to see for himself the massive Saturn moon rockets that he once made in kit-form in his bedroom.

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241 votes

#4 - Jungle

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 5

Dixon Bainbridge, owner of the Zoo-niverse, is intent on selling to the highest bidder. There's a road being built through it and ‘if the animals won't work on it, they'll be underneath it'. Howard and Vince embark on an arduous trip deep into the Jungle Room, in search of the only man they think can help save the zoo - Howard's hero, Tommy Nookah.

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Episode 3
734 votes

#5 - Episode 3

Come Fly With Me - Season 1 - Episode 3

This week, Flylo ground crew Taaj Manzoor bumps into Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, and Customs Officers Roberts and Stewart try to work out what to do with a truly massive drugs haul. And we meet Penny, Great British Air's snobbiest employee, as she comes to terms with passengers from the lower classes using her exclusive first-class cabin.

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249 votes

#6 - Hitcher

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 8

After Ivan the bear becomes angry and escapes from his cage, Fossil arranges a place for Ivan at an Animal Offenders Institute. All Howard and Vince have to do is get there and back, in one piece, without falling foul of the Hitcher.

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231 votes

#7 - Charlie

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 6

Howard is hell bent on a career as a serious writer in the hope that he'll improve his chances with Mrs Gideon. However, when famous publisher Hamilton Cork arrives at the Zoo-Niverse, he decides to publish Vince's literary efforts about a pink bubblegum character called Charlie. Meanwhile, Bob Fossil has embarked on a new breeding programme for the pandas.

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Episode 2
906 votes

#8 - Episode 2

Come Fly With Me - Season 1 - Episode 2

This week, a 'sudden wing malfunction' delays FlyLo passengers on their way to Malaga, while Melody and Taaj get tough with FlyLo's new baggage allowance regulations. We also meet Tommy, Happy Burger's newest employee and pilot-to-be, and discover what went so badly wrong for Peter and Judith on their FlyLo cruise.

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Episode 4
653 votes

#9 - Episode 4

Come Fly With Me - Season 1 - Episode 4

There's a bumpy ride ahead for husband-and-wife pilot team Simon and Jackie when Simon's one-night stand is rostered onto their flight to Barcelona. Can their marriage survive this latest turn of events? Flylo owner Omar Baba finds a new revenue stream in the upholstered comfort of his aircraft toilets, and viewers find out which member of FlyLo's glamourous check-in staff is the object of desire for Tommy Reid. Up in first class, Penny gets a discreet visit from a member of the Royal Household and there's also an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the work of the airport's baggage handlers.

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346 votes

#10 - Mutants

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 2

All is not well at the Zoo-niverse. Animals are disappearing one by one. Things go from bad to worse when Joey Moose, one of the zookeepers, goes missing. When Mrs Gideon reports that her python is also on the missing list, Howard is determined to save the day. Howard and Vince stumble across Dixon Bainbridge's secret laboratory and the terrible truth behind his ‘experiments' comes to light.

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Journey to the Centre of the Punk
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#11 - Journey to the Centre of the Punk

The Mighty Boosh - Season 3 - Episode 2

Howard acquires a rare Jazz record ("Voodoo Scat" by Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson) which Vince, now a punk, bites in to, submitting to peer pressure from his new punk bandmates. It transpires that "Voodoo Scat" was made with a drop of Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson's blood, infecting Vince's blood stream with a corruptive rogue Jazz cell, causing him to embarrass his bandmates by scat singing at their gig in the Velvet Onion, which causes a riot. Vince is rushed back to the Nabootique, delirious, as the Jazz cell begins killing his cells. To save him, Naboo shrinks Howard and his blind friend Lester Corncrake down to microscopic size and injects them into Vince’s body to kill the invasive cell. Howard eventually succeeds in reaching the brain, where the Jazz cell begins to chase him. Howard and Lester catch it, and regrow to normal size. The Jazz cell is now also normal size, but is defeated by Lester, whom stabs him with Sid Vicious' safety pin, causing him to run away crying.

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468 votes

#12 - Killeroo

The Mighty Boosh - Season 1 - Episode 1

Bob Fossil sets up a highly illegal and shady kangaroo boxing match between the Killeroo and Howard. Howard thinks that by winning the fight he will impress the Head of Reptiles, Mrs Gideon. Vince enlists his uncle, a bare-knuckle fighter with a very strange accent, to help with Howard's training.

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Episode 5
568 votes

#13 - Episode 5

Come Fly With Me - Season 1 - Episode 5

Immigration officer Ian Foot pulls in Taaj for questioning as part of a random security check, and viewers discover how far Fearghal is prepared to go to get nominated for Steward of the Year. Tommy Reid finally gets his chance to apply for pilot training, and the important work of dog-handler Steve Downes and his canine partner Bobo is followed as they patrol the baggage halls in Arrivals. Over on the FlyLo desks, it's Helen's last day and Melody and Keeley are about to find out which of them is going to get promotion.

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Episode 1
1176 votes

#14 - Episode 1

Come Fly With Me - Season 1 - Episode 1

80-year-old Hetty Wolf takes her first ever flight with Great British Air, while husband and wife pilots Simon and Jackie sort out their marriage.

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1161 votes


Space Force - Season 1 - Episode 4

General Naird volunteers for Dr. Mallory's Lunar Habitat Experiment. Meanwhile, Erin tries to throw a party, and Space Force gets a snazzy new look.

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The Chokes
118 votes

#16 - The Chokes

The Mighty Boosh - Season 3 - Episode 6

Vince goes to great lengths to attempt to fit in to a pair of drainpipe trousers, in order to join The Black Tubes, whom have a strict thin-legs policy and are headlining a night at The Velvet Onion, which Vince is also MCing. Howard takes an acting lesson with aged actor Montgomery Flange, in order to cure him of the Chokes; an intense form of stage fright, and to outdo Sammy the Crab in a bid to impress director Jurgen Haabermaaster, who is in the audience on the night at The Velvet Onion. Sammy the Crab proceeds to run amok, after having alcohol and food poured into his tank by the Black Tubes, killing several support acts. Vince phones Howard, who stuns everyone - including Jurgen - with his impressive acting. Vince eventually gets his drainpipes on, at the price of having an exaggeratedly large head, causing him to fall over and thus ruining the gig. It later transpires that Sammy The Crab has replaced him as the frontman of The Black Tubes. Howard returns from working with Jurgen Haabermaaster, dissatisfied with the work he was offered (playing the Angry Crab Of Trapped Wind in a trapped wind commercial), much to the amusement of Naboo, Bollo and Vince.

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What's Killing Our Bees? A Horizon Special
56 votes

#17 - What's Killing Our Bees? A Horizon Special

Horizon - Season 2013 - Episode 11

Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. It is a question that Bill is all too familiar with as a beekeeper himself. He meets the scientists who are fitting minute radar transponders on to bees to try to find answers.

1640 votes


Space Force - Season 1 - Episode 1

Four-star general Mark Naird — leader of the newly created Space Force — is pressured to launch a satellite despite dire warnings from scientists.

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James May at the Edge of Space
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#19 - James May at the Edge of Space

BBC Documentaries - Season 2009 - Episode 16

Fulfilling a life long dream to be an astronaut, May was given the opportunity to fly to the edge of space in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane. To do this he first had to spend three days training with the United States Air Force at Beale Air Force Base and then learning how to use a space suit correctly. Following this he was shown being taken on a 3 hour flight reaching an altitude of over 70,000 feet, piloted by instructor pilot Major John "Cabi" Cabigas. This programme tied in with another May documentary an hour earlier on BBC Two called James May on the Moon to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.

James May on the Moon
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#20 - James May on the Moon

BBC Documentaries - Season 2009 - Episode 17

In this programme James May commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. The show saw May interviewing Apollo moonwalkers Harrison Schmitt, Alan Bean, and Charlie Duke, before himself experiencing weightlessness and G-forces similar to that of a Saturn V rocket launch. As a passenger in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane, May flies to the edge of space where he is able to clearly view the curvature of the earth.