Star Stories

Star Stories is a British television comedy programme that takes a satirical look at celebrities and their lives. It was first shown on Channel 4 on 15 September 2006.

Star Stories is made by Objective Productions commissioned for Channel 4 by Shane Allen and Andrew Newman with Lee Hupfield producing, Elliot Hegarty directing and Phil Clarke and Andew O'Connor as executive producers.

The Sun reported that Channel 4 had axed Star Stories to free up cash to invest in other shows.[1]

The main theme of the show is the theme from the film Gone with the Wind.

Star Stories
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes15
Executive producer(s)Phil Clarke and Andrew O'Connor
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Objective Productions
Original networkChannel 4
Original release15 September 2006 –
7 September 2008
Related showsThe Kevin Bishop Show
External links


Cast member Number of role(s)
Kevin Bishop 18
Steve Edge 18
Harry Peacock 18
Thaila Zucchi 16
Fergus Craig 14+
Tom Basden 13
Daisy Beaumont 13
Alex Woodhall 13
Laura Patch 11
Rhys Thomas 11
Dolly Wells 11
Trevor Lock 8
Oliver Maltman 6
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith 6
Tom Meeten 6
Matt King 4
Rosalyn Wright 4
Kate Drew 2
Alice Lowe 1
Jo Bourne Taylor 1

Guest Starring:

Narration was commonly by Simon Greenall. However the second and third episodes of the third series were narrated by Dolly Wells and Kevin Bishop in the guise of the lead characters Heather Mills and Peter Andre respectively.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2006 British Comedy Awards Best New Comedy Star Stories Won[2]
Best Newcomer Kevin Bishop Nominated[2]
2008 BAFTA TV Award Best Comedy Programme Lee Hupfield, Elliot Hegarty, Kevin Bishop, Philip Clarke Nominated[3]

Viewing figures

  • Episode one: 3 million (14%)
  • Episode two: 2.6 million (11%)
  • Episode three: 2.9 million (13%)
  • Episode four: 3.1 million (14%)
    • Average: 2.8 million (13%)

The show's second series attracted over 2 million viewers.[4]


Series One, 2006

  1. David & Victoria - 'Our Story'
  2. George Michael - 'Watch Without Prejudice vol.1'
  3. Catherine Zeta-Jones - 'Her Quest To Prove Herself... And Also Find Love'
  4. Guy Ritchie - 'The Wife's Life'
  5. Sadie Frost - 'My Side Of The Story'
  6. Jennifer Aniston - 'The One Where Jen's Husband Dumps Her For A Total Bitch'

Series Two, 2007

  1. Take That - 'Barlow Productions Presents: Take That - Why Our Success Was Nothing To Do With Robert Williams'
  2. Tom Cruise - The Church of Scientology Presents: 'Being Tom Cruise - How Scientology Isn't In Any Way Mental'
  3. Simon Cowell - SyCo Productions Presents: 'Simon Cowell - My Honesty, My Genius'
  4. Britney Spears - The State of Louisiana Presents: 'The Ballad of Britney Jean'

Series Three, 2008

  1. Elton John - David Furnish Presents Elton John 'The Patron Saint of Celebrities'
  2. Heather Mills - Heather Mills Presents Mills and McCartney 'Why Paul is a total bastard'
  3. Peter Andre and Jordan (Katie Price) - Peter Andre Presents Me and Katie 'How the moneymoon never ends'
  4. Kate Moss - Top Shop Presents Kate Moss 'My rise, fall, rise, fall again and then rise'
  5. Bono - Bono Presents Christ 2 'My story'

DVD releases

In the UK a DVD containing all six episodes from Series One, an on-set diary, out-takes, music videos, deleted scenes and rehearsals was released on 30 July 2007. The second series was released on DVD on 17 November 2008. On the same day a boxset was also released containing both series. A DVD with all five episodes from Series 3 was released on 27 July 2009.


In the United States, Star Stories began airing on BBC America on 15 August 2008.

In Australia it is shown on ABC1 and repeated on ABC2.

See also


  1. ^ "Star Stories Axed". British Comedy Guide. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b "2006 British Comedy Awards results". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database staff (2009). "Awards for "Star Stories"". Internet Movie Database., Inc. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Viewing figures". BARB. Retrieved 24 August 2007.

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Alice Lowe

Alice Eva Lowe (born 3 April 1977) is an English actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Haynes in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch as well as Madeleine Wool/Liz Asher in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. She wrote, directed and starred in the 2016 movie Prevenge and starred in and co-wrote the 2012 film Sightseers. She also starred in the educational children's television series Horrible Histories.

Being Tom Cruise

"The Church of Scientology Presents: Being Tom Cruise, Why Scientology Isn't In Any Way Mental" is a satirical spoof documentary from the series Star Stories, parodying the life of Tom Cruise and his relationship with the Church of Scientology. It is episode 2 of the second series of Star Stories, and first aired on Channel 4 on 2 August 2007. The show recounts Cruise's time with a group of some of his early acting friends. After filming Top Gun, Cruise (Kevin Bishop) is introduced to Scientology by John Travolta (Steve Edge), who convinces him to join the organization by smashing Cruise over the head with a shovel. He meets Nicole Kidman (Dolly Wells) and they start a relationship. After dating Penélope Cruz, Cruise is introduced to Katie Holmes (Laura Patch) by Travolta. Holmes agrees to marry Cruise, and the program ends with a voiceover asking the viewer to visit a Scientology website and purchase expensive products.

The program received positive reception, and The Guardian and the Evening Times highlighted it as the "pick of the day". The Daily Mirror described it as a "brilliant spoof", and The Sunday Times characterized the show as "Comedy so broad it barely fits on the screen, it is hard not to be amused". The Herald Sun called it a "ruthless but spot-on parody".

Dolly Wells

Dorothy Perpetua Wells (born Gatacre; 5 December 1971) is a British actress and writer. She co-wrote and starred in the Sky Living series Doll & Em (2014–15) with best friend Emily Mortimer. Her other television roles include Star Stories (2006–08), Some Girls (2012–14), Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012–14) and Blunt Talk (2015–16).

Elliot Hegarty

Elliot Hegarty is a film and television director working in Britain and the United States.

His film and TV credits include two film adaptations of David Walliams' books The Midnight Gang with Alan Davies and Haydn Gwynne and Grandpa's Great Escape with Tom Courtenay and Jennifer Saunders, The Bad Education Movie, Lizzie and Sarah by Julia Davis, Lovesick., Star Stories, The Kevin Bishop Show, FM, Moving Wallpaper, The Real O'Neals, Mr. Sunshine, The Middle, Suburgatory, Selfie, Trophy Wife, Family Tools, Mixology, Great Night Out, Black-ish and Jack Whitehall's TV series - Bad Education.

His first feature credit was the 2000 film County Kilburn starring Ciarán McMenamin, a film he solely wrote.Elliot also directs commercials. The first three ads he directed were for Club 18-30, for which he won eight awards, including a Silver and two Bronzes at the British Television Advertising awards and a Bronze Lion at Cannes. He was nominated as Best New Director at the British Television Advertising Craft awards in 2000 and selected for the prestigious New Directors’ Showcase in Cannes 2001. He has worked with such clients as Guinness, MFI, KFC, Toyota, Npower, Enterprise, Hyundai and the Daily Telegraph.

He has been twice nominated for a BAFTA award - in 2008 and again in 2018. He won Best Comedy at the British Comedy Awards.


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Fergus Craig

Fergus Craig (born 19 April 1980 in Sunderland) is a British stand-up comic and actor in theatre, television and radio. He studied at the University of Manchester.

Fergus is one half of the popular double act Colin & Fergus with actor and writer Colin Hoult. Between 2004-08 they performed regularly on the London comedy circuit. They performed three shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Colin & Fergus '04, Colin & Fergus 2 '05 and Rutherford Lodge '06.

In 2006 Fergus played Alan Bennett in Pete and Dud: Come Again, a play by Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde on the life of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. The play ran at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, then transferred to London's West End and toured New Zealand.

In 2007 he joined the cast of Channel 4's Star Stories and was a regular in Series 2 and 3 of the show.

In 2009, he won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year with his solo stand-up act. He also joined the cast of the Bafta nominated BBC show Sorry, I've Got No Head.

In 2010 he played the role of Devon Mills in BBC2 sit com Popatron.

In 2011 he played the role of Lionel Putty in CBBC show Hotell Trubble

In 2012, he joined the cast of The Amazing World of Gumball as the character Sussie.

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Mamoru Nagano

Mamoru Nagano (永野 護, Nagano Mamoru, born January 21, 1960) is a Japanese manga artist, animator, and mecha designer.

Born in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, he is noted for his work with anime studio Sunrise, with his work in

Heavy Metal L-Gaim introducing mecha with armor plates that appeared to fit loosely over an internal skeleton. These detailed and somewhat plausible designs sparked a fresh wave of designs in mecha anime. From there, Nagano went on to design elegant and graceful mecha for his manga The Five Star Stories that displayed elongated lines, delicate curves and a degree of decoration and detail that appealed to the imaginations of a generation of mecha fans. Nagano can be called an innovator in the field of mecha design. He has also contributed to the mecha designs of Zeta Gundam. Among his contributions were the Rick Dias and Hyaku Shiki.

Nagano made his professional debut in 1984 working with Yoshiyuki Tomino on the TV series Heavy Metal L-Gaim. Fool for the City, his first manga, came out in 1985 but it was 1986 that brought The Five Star Stories, which is still in production today. Nagano founded Toys Press, Inc. to publish much of his work. Nagano is a very versatile man and has been a professional artist, manga writer, musician and fashion designer. Some of his art books show him dressed up as Minako Aino from Sailor Moon for cosplay.

He is married to voice actress Maria Kawamura.

Nagano is also the co-author (along with Kunihiko Ikuhara) and illustrator of Schell Bullet, a novel in two volumes.

Currently he is working on a new anime called Gothicmade, with studio Automatic Flowers. He will be working as the producer, director, chief writer, character and mechanical designer for the series.

Oliver Maltman

Oliver Maltman is an English actor notable for his appearances in the TV series Star Stories, The Kevin Bishop Show, No Heroics and Clone. He has also appeared in Mike Leigh's films Happy-Go-Lucky in 2008, Another Year in 2010, the 2016 BBC2 comedy pilot We the Jury as Lucas, and in the upcoming The Mercy.

Maltman trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Rhys Thomas (comedian)

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Steve Edge

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Thaila Zucchi

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The Five Star Stories

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The story is staged at an alien cluster of four major planetary systems. Amaterasu, the immortal emperor of the Grees Kingdom on the planet Delta Belune, is destined to rule the whole Joker System. He and Lachesis, his bride and fatima, an artificial life-form, are the main characters of this epic story.

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The Kevin Bishop Show

The Kevin Bishop Show was a sketch comedy written by and starring English comedian Kevin Bishop, part of the Star Stories team. The show was commissioned by Channel 4 for a six-part series starting on 25 July 2008 at 10pm. A pilot was broadcast on 23 November 2007 as part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase and the programme soon earned interest for its incredibly fast pace; 42 sketches were shown in 23 minutes. The show was nominated for Best New Comedy at the 2008 British Comedy Awards. The show started its second series on Friday 31 July 2009 at 10pm on Channel 4.

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