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Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow Was the Original Taskmaster


Long before Greg Davies became the Taskmaster, Dick and Dom’s anarchic kids’ show also saw a group of contestants doing some very silly tasks to earn points

Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow
Photo: BBC

Ask any millennial if they remember Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow, and their reply will probably be: 

“BOGIEEEESSSS!”

Once they’ve stopped gleefully screaming the show’s catchphrase, they’ll tell you it was a weekend kids’ TV programme on the BBC presented by Richard ‘Dick’ McCourt and Dominic Wood – aka comedy duo Dick and Dom – and it was also pure, unadulterated, I’m-writing-to-Ofcom chaos. 

Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow – whose name was a parody of the Sacha Baron Cohen film Ali G InDaHouseaired between 2002 and 2006. It became a cult hit with kids and students alike, thanks to its puerile humour (like Bogies, a game where Dick and Dom went to serious public places – e.g a library – to see who had the guts to scream the word “bogies” the loudest), its complete absurdity (once a cat randomly appeared and sang a song about Stoke-on-Trent) and the fact that Dick and Dom seemed to be having the absolute time of their lives making total havoc on live TV. 

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