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Leslie Phillips, Kenneth Connor and Kenneth Williams in Carry On Constable. Copyright: Made In Manchester Productions.

Carry On Forever!

BBC Radio 2 documentary. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Features Leslie Phillips, Anita Harris, Shirley Eaton, Valerie Leon, Liz Fraser, Kenneth Cope, Jacki Piper and others.

Carry On Forever!

Leslie Phillips presents a two-part history of the iconic and long-lasting British comedy film franchise

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2010
Channel
BBC Radio 2
Episodes
2   (1 series)
Features
Leslie Phillips, Anita Harris, Shirley Eaton, Valerie Leon, Liz Fraser, Kenneth Cope, Jacki Piper, Robert Ross and others
Producer
Phil Collinge

Over two laughter-packed programmes, Carry On star Leslie Phillips traces the development of the Carry On comedy series and considers its ongoing legacy.

He hears from surviving cast members, plays classic clips and listens back to Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques and Joan Sims via the BBC's vast archive.

The genre is said to reflect the changing Britain of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies and Carry On experts are on hand to analyse what it all meant. They look at how the films would often send up British institutions like the NHS, monarchy and empire, while others would spoof Hollywood blockbusters with a Carry On take on espionage, the Wild West and horror.

Helping Leslie remember the good old days are fellow Carry On actors Anita Harris, Shirley Eaton, Valerie Leon, Liz Fraser, Kenneth Cope and Jacki Piper. The programme also hears from Carry On experts Robert Ross and Steve Gerard as well as writer John Antrobus. And, via archive, from producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas.

There are also regular interruptions from "Kenneth Williams" and "Frankie Howerd", courtesy of Carry On fan and impersonator David Benson.

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