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An affectionate look at the life and work of some of Britain's best-loved comedians.
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Eric Sykes ...  Himself 7 episodes, 1995-2002
Spike Milligan ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 1995-2002
Bob Monkhouse ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1995-1999
Barry Cryer Barry Cryer ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1995-2002
John Cleese ...  Himself 7 episodes, 1997-2002
Denis Norden ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1997-2002
Michael Palin ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1997-2002
Victoria Wood ...  Herself 4 episodes, 1995-1999
Roy Hudd ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1995-2003
Ken Dodd ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1997-1999
Clive James Clive James ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1995-1999
Peter Hall ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1998-2000
Terry Wogan ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1997-2002
Harry Secombe ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1995-2002
Barry Took Barry Took ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1997-2000
Alan Simpson ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1998-2002
Russell Davies Russell Davies ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2000-2003
Janet Brown Janet Brown ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1995-2002
John Inman ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2000-2002
Neil Shand Neil Shand ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1999-2002
Bill Cotton Bill Cotton ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2002
Charlie Chester Charlie Chester ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jeffrey Archer ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998-1999
Ronnie Corbett ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2000-2002
Mike Craig Mike Craig ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-1998
Bruce Forsyth ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1999-2002
Nigel Havers ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995-2000
Stephen Fry ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-1998
Ronnie Barker ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 1995-2002
Paul Merton ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1995-2002
Michael Grade Michael Grade ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1999
Johnny Speight Johnny Speight ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
John Junkin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998-2000
Cliff Richard ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1997-1999
Ian Davidson Ian Davidson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1999-2002
Norma Farnes Norma Farnes ...  Herself - Manager 2 episodes, 1999-2002
Liz Fraser ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1995-2002
Richard Lester ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-2002
Hugh Lloyd Hugh Lloyd ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998-2002
Ray Cooney Ray Cooney ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2001-2002
Ray Galton ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1998-2002
Jonathan Miller Jonathan Miller ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-1998
Angela Douglas Angela Douglas ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002
Eddie Izzard ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-2002
June Whitfield ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1995-1998
Patrick Garland Patrick Garland ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2001-2002
Lance Percival Lance Percival ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2000-2002
Peter Rogers Peter Rogers ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002
Joseph McGrath Joseph McGrath ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2001-2002
Deborah Bull Deborah Bull ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1999-2003
Roy Clarke Roy Clarke ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1999-2000
Harry Fowler ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002
John Sessions ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2000-2002
Michael Parkinson ...  Himself 10 episodes, 1997-2003
David Lodge ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1999-2002
Stuart Hall Stuart Hall ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2000-2002
Marcus Brigstocke Marcus Brigstocke ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2002
Rory Bremner Rory Bremner ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-2002
William Franklyn William Franklyn ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2001-2002
Griff Rhys Jones ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1999-2003
Denis Healey Denis Healey ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1995-2002
Thora Hird ...  Herself / ... 1 episode, 1999
Barry Humphries ...  Dame Edna Everage / ... 1 episode, 1999
Norman Wisdom ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1999-2002
Bernard Manning Bernard Manning ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2000-2003
Mike Yarwood Mike Yarwood ...  Albert Steptoe / ... 1 episode, 2002
Clive Anderson Clive Anderson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995-1998
David Attenborough ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Roy Boulting Roy Boulting ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Gwen Cooper Gwen Cooper ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Dave Allen Dave Allen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Jeremy Beadle ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
George Cole ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Caroline Aherne ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1998-2000
Anthea Askey Anthea Askey ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1998-2000
Peter Bellwood ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Peter Alliss Peter Alliss ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Kenny Baker Kenny Baker ...  Himself - Trumpeter 1 episode, 1999
Charlotte Barker Charlotte Barker ...  Herself 1 episode, 2000
Duggie Brown Duggie Brown ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
John Barron ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Tony Bilbow Tony Bilbow ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Harry Hill ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Robin Williams ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Cilla Black Cilla Black ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995-2002
William Blezard William Blezard ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Richard Briers ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Paul Daniels Paul Daniels ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1995-2001
Dave Cash Dave Cash ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Steve Allen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Steve Coogan ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Joan Bakewell Joan Bakewell ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
John Ballantyne John Ballantyne ...  Himself - Ear Consultant and Friend 1 episode, 1999
Laurie Bellew Laurie Bellew ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Richard Dacre Richard Dacre ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Frank Carson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Terry Johnson Terry Johnson ...  Himself - Playwright 1 episode, 2000
Peter Bowles ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Stanley Baxter Stanley Baxter ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Ed Byrne ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Nicky Campbell Nicky Campbell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Anthony Hopkins ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Johnny Hutch Johnny Hutch ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Eleanor Bron ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Peter Charlesworth Peter Charlesworth ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Clive Dunn ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Michael Billington Michael Billington ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Sean Connery ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Patrick Dickinson Patrick Dickinson ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Elizabeth Dawn ...  Herself 1 episode, 2000
Dick Clement Dick Clement ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Humphrey Lyttelton Humphrey Lyttelton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Vince Powell Vince Powell ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Ian Carmichael ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Jean Kent ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Maureen Lipman ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995-2000
John Howard Davies John Howard Davies ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Eric Gear Eric Gear ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Lin Chong Lin Chong ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Phyllis Diller ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Val Doonican Val Doonican ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
George Fairweather George Fairweather ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Jean Boht Jean Boht ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Germaine Greer Germaine Greer ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Felix Dexter Felix Dexter ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
James Dreyfus ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Joan Collins ...  Herself 1 episode, 2001
Christine Hamilton Christine Hamilton ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Edward Hardwicke ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Moira Lister ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995-2002
Craig Ferguson ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
George Melly George Melly ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
James Roose-Evans James Roose-Evans ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Joan Savage Joan Savage ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Tracy Dawson Tracy Dawson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Jo Gurnett Jo Gurnett ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Karl Howman Karl Howman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Louise English ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Lew Grade Lew Grade ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Judith Chalmers Judith Chalmers ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Larry Hagman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
David Benson David Benson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Chris Graham Chris Graham ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Paul Jackson Paul Jackson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Anita Harris ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Harry Rabinowitz ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Ned Sherrin Ned Sherrin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Alistair McGowan ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Prince Charles ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Jeremy Hawk ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Eric Idle ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Richard Ingrams Richard Ingrams ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Bill Kenwright Bill Kenwright ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
David Jason ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Gemma Craven ...  Herself 1 episode, 2001
Lesley Joseph Lesley Joseph ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Danny La Rue Danny La Rue ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Olga Lowe Olga Lowe ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Lionel Jeffries ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Madeline Smith ...  Herself 1 episode, 1995
Hughie Green ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Ian McKellen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Cleo Rocos Cleo Rocos ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Dennis Kirkland Dennis Kirkland ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Victor Lownes Victor Lownes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Johnny Mans Johnny Mans ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Roger McGough Roger McGough ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
John Hamp John Hamp ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Sandy Wilson Sandy Wilson ...  Composer / ... 1 episode, 2000
Tom Farrell Tom Farrell ...  Himself - School Friend 1 episode, 2001
Anne Hart Anne Hart ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2002-2003
Bill Kerr ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998-2002
Michael Medwin ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
John Browell John Browell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Jane Horrocks ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Merlith McKendrick Merlith McKendrick ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Henry McGee Henry McGee ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998-2002
John Lahr John Lahr ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Elaine Paige ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Larry Gelbart ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Dilys Laye ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2000-2002
Barry Norman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Dick Vosburgh Dick Vosburgh ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Jimmy Tarbuck ...  Himself 1 episode, 1995
Ron Moody ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Mo Moreland Mo Moreland ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Brian Tesler Brian Tesler ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
John Gordon Sinclair ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Vyacheslav Polunin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Fenella Fielding ...  Herself 1 episode, 2000
Bernard Manning Jr. Bernard Manning Jr. ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Richard Stilgoe Richard Stilgoe ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Joan Le Mesurier Joan Le Mesurier ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Alan Plater Alan Plater ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Patricia Routledge ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Steve Wright Steve Wright ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Anthony Newley ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Phillip Oakes Phillip Oakes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Adrian Slade Adrian Slade ...  Himself - University Friend 1 episode, 1998
Pete Waterman Pete Waterman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Kylie Minogue ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Hugh Stewart Hugh Stewart ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Bill Tidy Bill Tidy ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
John Williams John Williams ...  Himself - Musician 1 episode, 1999
Jonathan Margolis Jonathan Margolis ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Josephine Tewson ...  Herself 1 episode, 2000
Terry Hughes ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Robin Le Mesurier Robin Le Mesurier ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Ruxton Hayward Ruxton Hayward ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
Naomi Plaskitt Naomi Plaskitt ...  Herself 1 episode, 1997
Phyllis Rounce Phyllis Rounce ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Richard Stone Richard Stone ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
John Wells John Wells ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Rupert Murdoch ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Rick Wakeman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Esther Rantzen Esther Rantzen ...  Herself 1 episode, 2000
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Robert Winston ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
James Grout ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
John Bluthal ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1997-2002
Miriam Margolyes ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Don Taffner Don Taffner ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Ronnie Wood ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Emily Perry Emily Perry ...  Herself / ... 1 episode, 1999
Gary Wilmot Gary Wilmot ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
George Roper George Roper ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Ian La Frenais Ian La Frenais ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Rosemary Leach ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Sheridan Morley Sheridan Morley ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Joan Rivers ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1999-2000
David Hatch David Hatch ...  Himself - Radio Producer 1 episode, 2000
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Vernon Lawrence Vernon Lawrence ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
John Hegley John Hegley ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Mo Mowlam Mo Mowlam ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
William G. Stewart William G. Stewart ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Sue Upton Sue Upton ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Beryl Vertue Beryl Vertue ...  Herself 1 episode, 1998
Geoffrey Rush ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
John Stalker John Stalker ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Mark Lewisohn Mark Lewisohn ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Carla Lane Carla Lane ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
John Lithgow ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Claire Rayner Claire Rayner ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1999-2002
Dick Van Dyke ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
Gyles Brandreth Gyles Brandreth ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Benny Sternberg Benny Sternberg ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Jonathan Lynn ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Reg Varney Reg Varney ...  Himself 1 episode, 1998
William Tarmey ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Patsy Rowlands ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Peter Vincent Peter Vincent ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
John Virgo ...  Himself 1 episode, 2000
Sue Nicholls ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Alan Hume Alan Hume ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Mary Selway Mary Selway ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Terry Pratchett ...  Himself 1 episode, 1997
David Nobbs David Nobbs ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Cliff Morgan Cliff Morgan ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Jim Tavaré ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Anthony Parker Anthony Parker ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1997-2001
Shirley Eaton ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Camilla Rossiter Camilla Rossiter ...  Herself 1 episode, 2001
Richard Whiteley Richard Whiteley ...  Himself 1 episode, 2001
Keith Barron ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Christopher Beeny ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Alan Bennett ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1998-1999
Felix De Wolfe Felix De Wolfe ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Celia Imrie ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Deric Longden Deric Longden ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Pete Postlethwaite ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Duncan Preston Duncan Preston ...  Himself 1 episode, 1999
Janette Scott ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995-1999
Sarah Thomas ...  Herself 1 episode, 1999
Russ Abbot Russ Abbot ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
John Ammonds John Ammonds ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Brad Ashton Brad Ashton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Alan Boyd Alan Boyd ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Garry Bushell Garry Bushell ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Jonathan Cecil Jonathan Cecil ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Pat Coombs Pat Coombs ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Suzanne Danielle ...  Herself / ... 1 episode, 2002
Peter Elliott Peter Elliott ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Edward Heath Edward Heath ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1999-2002
Fay Hillier Fay Hillier ...  Herself 1 episode, 2002
Simon Hoggart Simon Hoggart ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2000-2002
Laurie Mansfield Laurie Mansfield ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Ernest Maxin Ernest Maxin ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
Royston Mayoh Royston Mayoh ...  Himself 1 episode, 2002
John Mills ...  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 ajb-3See 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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