An affectionate look at the life and work of some of Britain's best-loved comedians.
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Michael Parkinson ...
 Himself (9 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Himself (7 episodes, 1995-2002)
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 Himself (7 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1995-2002)
Sidney James ...
 Himself / ... (archive footage) (6 episodes, 1997-2002)
Hattie Jacques ...
 Various (archive footage) (6 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Himself (5 episodes, 1995-1999)
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 Himself (5 episodes, 1997-2002)
Richard Wattis ...
 Himself (archive footage) (5 episodes, 1995-2002)
Joan Sims ...
(archive footage) (5 episodes, 1995-2002)
Barry Cryer ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1995-2002)
Denis Norden ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Himself (4 episodes, 1997-2002)
Clive James ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1995-1999)
Harry Secombe ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1995-2002)
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 Herself (4 episodes, 1995-1999)
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 Himself (4 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Fred Kite / ... (archive footage) (4 episodes, 1995-2002)
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 Himself / ... (archive footage) (4 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1997-1999)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2000)
Barry Took ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Alan Simpson ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
Bruce Forsyth ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Russell Davies ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2003)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
Janet Brown ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1997-1999)
Liz Fraser ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
Ray Galton ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
June Whitfield ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1995-1998)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2002)
Neil Shand ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Frankie Howerd ...
 Himself / ... (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
Max Miller ...
 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
Tommy Cooper ...
 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1995-1999)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Patricia Hayes ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1995-2001)
Bill Cotton ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2002)
David Lodge ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Denis Healey ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
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 Herself (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Head Waiter (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
Hugh Paddick ...
(archive footage) (3 episodes, 1995-2000)
Bob Todd ...
(archive footage) (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
Des O'Connor ...
 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1999-2002)
Russell Harty ...
 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
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(archive footage) (3 episodes, 2000-2002)
Charlie Chester ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1995)
Jeffrey Archer ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Mike Craig ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1995-2000)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Joyce Grenfell ...
 Herself / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995)
Michael Grade ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1999)
Johnny Speight ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Ian Davidson ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Norma Farnes ...
 Herself - Manager (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Richard Lester ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
Hugh Lloyd ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Ray Cooney ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jonathan Miller ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Angela Douglas ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
Patrick Garland ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Lance Percival ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Peter Rogers ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
Joseph McGrath ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
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 Himself / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Bernard Manning ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2003)
Clive Anderson ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1995-1998)
Caroline Aherne ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Anthea Askey ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Deborah Bull ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2003)
Roy Clarke ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Harry Fowler ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
Michael Bentine ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
Nicholas Parsons ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1995-2000)
Stuart Hall ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Marcus Brigstocke ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
Rory Bremner ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
Bill Kerr ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Anne Hart ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Henry McGee ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Dilys Laye ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
William Franklyn ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Griff Rhys Jones ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2003)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
Raymond Huntley ...
 Magistrate (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-1999)
Claire Rayner ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Janette Scott ...
 April Smith / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1999)
Gillian Raine ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
John Osborne ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2003)
Allan Cuthbertson ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
Royce Mills ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
Dandy Nichols ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
Rita Webb ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2002)
Jimmy Edwards ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-1999)
Margaret Rutherford ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
Roy Barraclough ...
 Cissie Braithwaite (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
Catherine Boyle ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Peter Brough ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Mario Fabrizi ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Dilys Watling ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-2002)
Eric Morecambe ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1998-2001)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Edward Heath ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Mackay (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Colin Crompton ...
 Concert Chairman (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2000-2003)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
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(archive footage) (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
Simon Hoggart ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
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 Alan Moore / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Gloria Hunniford ...
 Herself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Charles Hawtrey ...
(archive footage) (2 episodes, 2002)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
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An affectionate look at the life and work of some of Britain's best-loved comedians.

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Curate's egg....
5 May 2005 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

This series was also issued as a single two-and-a-half hour single compilation programme, as reviewed herewith.

A bit of a curate's egg... good, but only in parts.

My main objection is the highly fragmented and frenetic nature of the programme - as if speaking to an audience with the attention span of a slightly concussed bee. Flick, flick, flick: two seconds of this, three seconds of that, four seconds of the other person speaking - just as you get interested, it's gone again. I must say, I find this approach to the viewer to be somewhat demeaning, not to say insulting.

However the glimpses, albeit distressingly fragmented, are nevertheless of great interest; the whole thing is well worth wading through if one is interested in the history and evolution of comedy. It contains several rarer items not easily to be found elsewhere.

Worth persevering with, on the whole.


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