A re-creation of the Music Hall variety shows that were popular in the late Victorian and the Edwardian periods (late 1800s and early 1900s). Entertainers performed musical, comedy, magic and recitation acts on stage in Edwardian costume, in some cases appearing as famous Edwardian music hall performers such as Vesta Tilley. Even the audience was dressed in authentic 1900s costumes. The show always ended with the entire cast and the audience singing a rousing rendition of "Down at the Old Bull and Bush". Written by
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From 2016, BBC Four started re-showing a selection of the later surviving un-edited episodes, re-issued under the BBC Music branding, which makes sense due to the volume of music in the Music Hall themed series. It is a selection most likely based upon a combination of: what was recorded/filmed and kept, which tapes are broadcast-able picture and sound quality, and then the programme content Rights Clearances such as the Music Publishing, the performers appearing, and if certain songs/scenes contained material not deemed suitable in the 2010s - such as racist/blackface material. Also, due to certain, since disgraced/imprisoned, performers of the time of broadcast, appearances may have resulted in entire shows being unbroadcastable on ethical and/or taste/sensitivity grounds. See more
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