Hippies (TV series)

Hippies is a six-part British television comedy series broadcast on BBC 2 from 12 November to 17 December 1999. It was created by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, the writing partnership most famous for Father Ted, but the scripts were written by Mathews alone. It starred Simon Pegg, Sally Phillips, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Darren Boyd.

Created byArthur Mathews
Graham Linehan
Written byArthur Mathews
Directed byMartin Dennis
StarringSimon Pegg
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Sally Phillips
Darren Boyd
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Running time28–29 minutes
Production company(s)Talkback
Original networkBBC 2
Picture formatPAL 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release12 November (1999-11-12) 
17 December 1999 (1999-12-17)


Hippies is set in 1969 during the 'Swinging Sixties' and follows the misadventures of Ray Purbbs (Pegg), who is the editor of a counterculture magazine called Mouth (a parody of Oz and International Times), which he produces in his flat in Notting Hill Gate. He is aided by Alex Picton-Dinch (Rhind-Tutt), Hugo Yemp (Boyd) and Jill Sprint (Phillips). Ray is constantly pining for Sprint to no avail.

The series delves into late 1960s culture and involves the characters in various socially awkward situations in this setting.


#TitleOriginal air date
1.1Protesting Hippies12 November 1999
1.2Hairy Hippies19 November 1999
1.3Sexy Hippies26 November 1999
1.4Hippy Dippy Hippies3 December 1999
1.5Muddy Hippies10 December 1999
1.6Disgusting Hippies17 December 1999

Critical reaction

The series was Mathews and Linehan's immediate follow up to the hugely popular and highly successful Father Ted. As such it received a significant amount of pre-release hype which viewers felt let down by after watching the first few episodes, as it did not meet their expectations. In general it was badly received by critics but has gained a cult following.

A second series was commissioned, but was never written after Mathews was put off by the negative critical reaction.

Hippies has never been repeated on any terrestrial BBC channels, although it has been repeated on Paramount Comedy 2, the now defunct Play UK, and Gold.

BBC America aired the series in the United States in 2000.

The series was released on Region 0 DVD in the UK in March 2008.

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