Graham McCann looks back at some of British comedy's most interesting but overlooked stories.
Sunday 21st November 2021
Heard the one about the comedy writers who became some of the most powerful comedy executives in the country? The remarkable tale of Frank Muir and Denis Norden's time at the top of the TV tree is one that all broadcasters could learn from today.
Sunday 17th October 2021
Graham McCann examines the feuds between four of the nation's favourite funnymen.
Sunday 3rd October 2021
Sunday 19th September 2021
Tony Hancock was one of the most successful comedians of his generation, but a combination of personal problems and increasingly erratic professional decisions turned his 1966 'comeback' at the Royal Festival Hall into an unfortunate night to forget...
Sunday 5th September 2021
Censorship can seem to be ever-growing in modern times: new "woke" sensibilities clashing with long-established political correctness, and both in turn with classical liberalism - but it is nothing new, as Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Dave Allen found out 50 years ago this month on Australian television.
Sunday 22nd August 2021
In an age that sees television celebrated when chaotic and rough-around-the-edges, we look back to 1971 and Peter Cook's chat show, Where Do I Sit? - deemed such a disaster it was cancelled after just three episodes.
Sunday 8th August 2021
The cross-over between sport and comedy is more often than not one destined to failure; but one game more than any other seems to lend itself very well. Dust down your whites and dive into the realm where cricket and comedy mix.