A Jewel In The Comedy Crown
A Radio 4 documentary in which Jason Manford pays tribute to Jimmy Jewel, the master of reinvention
- BBC Radio 4
- Jason Manford, Jean Boht, John Styles and Jimmy Jewel
- Stephen Garner
Jimmy Jewel's story reflects the changing face of British light entertainment over 60 years. From stand-up comedian and double-act stooge, to television sitcom star and serious character actor, long before Kylie or Madonna, Jewell led the way in showbiz survival, reinventing himself every few years as tastes and outlets for work changed.
Jewel first took to the stage aged four and, as part of the variety double act Jewel And Warriss, went on to become a popular music hall star. He continued a successful career on radio, stage and screen before cementing his position as one of the great survivors and adapters when he made the transformation to accomplished serious actor.