All episodes of The Real McCoy have been made available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
Every episode of the influential sketch comedy show will be free to watch for the first tie since it was originally aired in the 1990s.
You can watch online now via BBC iPlayer here.
The iconic series was originally broadcast between 1991 and 1996, and was one of the first TV sketch shows to feature a primarily Black and Asian cast.
The Real McCoy provided an early platform for comedy stars like Robbie Gee, Llewella Gideon, Curtis Walker, and Eddie Nestor, as well as Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Kulvinder Ghir, who went on to star in another sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, which was a spinoff of The Real McCoy.
Another star of the show was Felix Dexter, who specialised in lengthy, hilarious monologues on The Real McCoy. Dexter sadly passed away in 2013, and the BBC subsequently established the Felix Dexter bursary to help train and develop aspiring comedy writers from a BAME background by offering placements within the industry.
Recipients of the bursary have honed their comedy writing skills on BBC shows including Famalam, This Country, Mrs Brown’s Boys and BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack. 2020’s recipient of the bursary is stand-up comedian Athena Kugblenu.
Meanwhile guest stars on the show included footballer Ian Wright, newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald, and boxer Frank Bruno.
Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, said: “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.”
Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, added: “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.
“From Citizen Khan to The Young Offenders, from Gavin and Stacey to Famalam, iPlayer is home to many of the nation’s funniest favourites.”