'Great British Legends' is Launched

'Great British Legends' is Launched
Great British Legends is a new series profiling Britain’s best-loved figures from the worlds of comedy, sport and entertainment. Watch as comedian Harry Enfield talks Vauxhall, comedy and University.

In the first episode, comedian Harry Enfield shows GQ Editor Dylan Jones around the city of York from behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra.

The series takes celebrities back to their roots, looking at their early influences and exploring what makes a Great British legend. The videos celebrate the iconic Astra as a fixture on our roads for over 35 years, making it a true legend of British car manufacturing.  

Discussing Harry’s time at York University, his comedy career and his early driving experiences in Vauxhall cars, the films and podcasts include Harry Enfield and Dylan Jones on comedy, Harry Enfield and Dylan Jones on university life in York and Harry Enfield and Dylan Jones on cars.

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Discussing Harry’s time at the University, his comedy career and his formative driving in Vauxhall cars, the films and podcasts include:

Harry Enfield and Dylan Jones on comedy…

  • Singling out Paul Whitehouse as the funniest man he knows, admitting to using his early material, discussing whether comedy is an art, a craft or innate and reminiscing about Spitting Image and fame after his first two characters, ‘Stavros’ and ‘Loadsamoney’


Harry Enfield and Dylan Jones on university life in York…

  • Leaving Sussex for York in 1979 to study politics, where he discovered Marxism, found out he was funny, and met the man who gave him his first comedy break at the Edinburgh Fringe


Harry Enfield and Dylan Jones on cars…

  • Debating the pros and cons of heated seats and appearing on Top Gear with his black convertible Vauxhall Cavalier, mimicking Jeremy Clarkson’s presenting style and recalling a story of star-studded comedians including Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and their cars


Harry Enfield’s involvement in the Great British Legends series comes as a new survey* from Vauxhall reveals the star as one of the top legendary comedy figures in Britain today. Harry’s obnoxious character “Kevin The Teenager” has also featured in the top 10 UK comedy characters from the past 20 years.

“All these years on, it’s an honour to be even considered a ‘Great British Legend’ and take a road-trip around York to reminisce about my time at university.” Harry Enfield commented. “It’s where I discovered I could actually be funny for a living and met some inspirational people along the way that played a big role in kick-starting my career.”

Dylan Jones said, “As a comedy hero and legend himself, Harry Enfield was the perfect British figure to launch the series.  Harry Enfield left York and went on to create characters and catchphrases that have become engrained in British culture, including Kevin the teenager, Wayne and Waynetta and the Scousers, making him a true British Legend synonymous with households up and down the country.”

He continued, “One in four Brits has either owned or driven an Vauxhall Astra at some point in their lives, so it’s only right that we pay tribute to its legendary status, along with other living legends in Britain. I’m looking forward to meeting the next.”

Vauxhall’s ‘Great British Legend’ series is available as three episodes online or as a longer podcast, all available at www.vauxhall.co.uk/greatbritishlegends