The Best Episodes of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

London

#1 - London 8.69

Season 2 - Episode 2

Stewart Lee looks at why more and more people are thinking about moving out of London for a taste of life in the countryside and why, upon reflection, that might not be as idyllic as they thought.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Identity

#2 - Identity 8.60

Season 2 - Episode 5

Stewart looks at the notion of identity, how different nations define themselves and debunks the myth of one of Britain's greatest national heroes.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Charity

#3 - Charity 8.27

Season 2 - Episode 3

Charity is the topic for Stewart Lee's unique brand of stand-up this week, during which he gives Adrian "Toby Jug" Chiles and Russell "Ninjas" Howard a thorough drubbing. Charity was also the topic of the first show in the series, but he was waylaid by different varieties of crisps so they've made him do it again.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Democracy

#4 - Democracy 8.18

Season 2 - Episode 6

In this final show in the series, Stewart Lee gives a uniquely personal insight into the workings of government.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Satire

#5 - Satire 8.18

Season 3 - Episode 3

Stewart Lee's award-winning stand-up series continues as he explains what satire is, using the example of the renowned epitome of the genre, Planet of the Apes.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Toilet Books

#6 - Toilet Books 7.93

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the first episode of this new series, Stewart looks at the phenomenon of toilet books. Where did they come from? And why? For some reason, someone, somewhere, thought history, fiction, poetry and the like weren’t enough any more, and so they invented celebrity hardbacks, tragic lives and Dan Brown. Stewart takes a look at some of this new lavatory literature, including works by Asher D and Paddy McGinty’s Goat, and finds out what would happen if Dan Brown got a job where he had to break bad news.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Political Correctness

#7 - Political Correctness 7.89

Season 1 - Episode 3

Stewart Lee asks whether political correctness really has gone mad, or whether it is just something people say because they don't really understand what it means. Stewart thinks he knows what it means - though the tale of how his attempts to lose weight were ruined by the PC minefield makes him not so sure... not to mention the story of how a lost ballet shoe caused a national scandal.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Charity

#8 - Charity 7.83

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the first of six themed shows, Stewart sets out to explore some ideas about charity, but instead gets sidetracked and ends up talking mostly about crisps.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Stand-Up

#9 - Stand-Up 7.67

Season 2 - Episode 4

Stewart talks about stand-up comedy, adding variety by choosing to sit down and throwing in some guitar-driven songs as a result of his exposure to fellow comedian Tim Minchin, who in a surprising turn of events he actually likes.

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Financial Crisis

#10 - Financial Crisis 7.45

Season 1 - Episode 4

In the fourth episode of this new series, Stewart comments that it’s not easy making a comedy show about a global financial crisis. But he’s going to give it a go, trying to find out how the financial markets got themselves into this mess and who’s going to get them out of it. He also discovers that destroying your own home just might pay off; that those who put money under the bed and not in the bank were right all along; and – most horrifying of all – in London, one is never more than 10 ft from an estate agent. At least he’s got fond memories of Woolworths, MFI and Zavvi…

Directors: Tim Kirkby
Television

#11 - Television 7.40

Season 1 - Episode 2

In the second episode, Stewart casts his eye over the state of British television today, and tries to find out whose fault it is. Along the way, via a sketch, he meets the villagers who, every year, host a bizarre celebration of The Funniest Moment Ever On Television; explains his idea for a sequel to March Of The Penguins; and finds out why Ant and Dec never seem to grow older.

Directors: Tim Kirkby