The BBC has finally added the groundbreaking sketch show The Real McCoy to iPlayer after years of fan campaigns.
The comedy series, which ran between 1991 and 1996, was notable for being one of the first UK sketch shows to feature predominantly Black and Asian talent both in front of and behind the camera.
Over the years, places including The Voice newspaper have relentlessly campaigned for the show's return, though calls were not heeded – until now.
The BBC has now added every episode of the show to its online service which you can watch right now.
"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," Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said.
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."
The show provided an early platform to stars including Robbie Gee, Llewella Gideon, Curtis Walker, Eddie Nestor, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Kulvinder Ghir.
Felix Dexter was also a big part of the series, and his name was given to the bursary to help develop and train comedy writers from a BAME background, with some of its alumni going on to work on the likes of Famalam, This Country and Mrs Brown's Boys.
The Real McCoy is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
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