Graham McCann looks back at some of British comedy's most interesting but overlooked stories.
Sunday 3rd December 2023
One of the first British comedians to appear regularly on radio, Stainless Stephen was one of the busiest, best-loved and cleverest comedians in the country.
Sunday 5th November 2023
Josephine Tewson is perhaps best remembered as Hyacinth Bucket's flustered next-door neighbour Elizabeth, but her comic talent - and breadth of contributions - go far wider and far deeper.
Sunday 22nd October 2023
If a definition of a straight man is ever required, the entry should simply read: 'See Jerry Desmonde'. Comedy Chronicles recounts the career of the man once dubbed 'the prince of feeds', who worked with comics such as Sid Field and Norman Wisdom.
Sunday 10th September 2023
Despite remaining in the memory as one of British comedy's greatest comedy actors, as a woman June Whitfield was overlooked for the kind of superstar/starring chances of her male peers. Here we pay tribute to her brilliant talents.
Sunday 27th August 2023
Derek Nimmo was, for a long time, one of Britain's favourite character actors on television and radio - but then he just seemed to start to disappear. This is the story of what he was really up to during those wilderness years.
Sunday 13th August 2023
Sunday 30th July 2023
A name you may not know, but if you've watched any amount of British comedy from the 1950s or 60s, a face you certainly will: this is a look at the life and career of the utterly marvellous Esma Cannon.