Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton

Bill Cotton

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  • Executive, director and producer
Bill Cotton

Sir Bill Cotton CBE was the son of celebrated big band leader Billy Cotton. He spent almost his entire career working for the BBC, initially as a producer and, from mid-1970, Head of Light Entertainment. Over the following seven years he oversaw some of the most successful comedies in British television history, including sitcoms and sketch shows such as Dad's Army and The Morecambe & Wise Show. From 1977 he was promoted to Controller of BBC1, and from 1981 Deputy, then Managing Director, of Television until his retirement in 1988.

Year Production Role
2018 The Secret Story Of The BBC Christmas Tapes Self (Archive Material)
2013 Morecambe & Wise: The Whole Story
  1. E2 - Part 2
Self (Archive Material)
2013 Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian Self (Archive Material)
2008 The Man Who Made Eric & Ernie (as Sir Bill Cotton) Self (Archive Material)
2007 Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Laugh (as Sir Bill Cotton)
  1. E1 - The Family, Love 'Em And Hate 'Em
2006 The Story Of Light Entertainment (as Sir Bill Cotton)
  1. E1 - The Double Acts
  2. E2 - All Round Entertainers
2004 Sex, Secrets & Frankie Howerd (as Sir Bill Cotton) Self
2004 Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute Self
2002 Heroes Of Comedy - Series 6
  1. E5 - The Living Legends: Ronnie Corbett
2002 Double Trouble - Series 1
  1. E4 - Pete and Dud
1995 Searching (as Bill Cotton Jr)
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
Executive Producer
1959 Secombe At Large (as Bill Cotton Jr) Producer
1959 Secombe At Large (as Bill Cotton Jr) Director

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Bill Cotton on IMDb

Monday 23rd April 1928
Monday 11th August 2008 (aged 80)
Sir Bill Cotton
Sir William Frederick Cotton CBE
Sir Bill Cotton CBE
Bill Cotton Jr.
BAFTA Television Awards 1998
BAFTA Fellowship (Winner)
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