Series 1, Episode 1 - Sir Norman Wisdom
Norman Wisdom fought his way up from grinding poverty to become the leading British box-office star of his generation. His series of films for The Rank Organisation from 1953 to 1966, featured his hapless character Norman Pitkin "The Gump" and broke box-office records around the world, particularly in Albania, where he is still much loved.
Norman conquered America, on Broadway and in the movies and back home, his later TV appearances included Last Of The Summer Wine and Coronation Street as well as a moving dramatic role in Going Gently, set in a cancer ward. Norman finally retired from acting at the age of 90.
New interviews include: Denis Norden, Todd Carty, Biographer Richard Dacre, Last Of The Summer Wine director Alan J.W. Bell, Johnny Mans, Russell Davies, Norman's daughter Jackie and son Nick, Entela Gjika (Charge d'Affaires of the Albanian Embassy in the UK), Bob Sinfield and from the archive, Sir Norman Wisdom himself.
- Tuesday 3rd January 2017
- BBC Radio 2
- 60 minutes
Cast & crew
|Host / Presenter
|Alan J. W. Bell
|Norman Wisdom (as Sir Norman Wisdom)
|Self (Archive Material)