Radio 2's History Of British Comedy. David Mitchell. Copyright: Made In Manchester Productions.

Radio 2's History Of British Comedy

BBC Radio 2 documentary. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Features David Mitchell.

Series 1, Episode 1

David Mitchell takes us from 1913 to 1938, examining both cutting edge comedy innovation in the Music Hall and the early days of the movies, which though silent at the start, were virtually entirely comedy based.

Further details

David discovers exactly what people mean when they say 'British' comedy, before taking us back to the Music Hall of 1913. From there it's a rollercoaster ride to 1938 - taking in the role of women in comedy, why people become comedians in the first place, and how regional comedians became national heroes.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 5th March 2013
BBC Radio 2
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    David Mitchell Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Christopher Paul Lee (as Dr CP Lee) Self
    Barry Cryer Self
    Denis Norden Self
    Michael Grade Self
    Eric Merryweather (as Dr Eric Merryweather) Self
    Carla Lane Self
    Don Ward Self
    Ken Dodd Self
    Jimmy Cricket Self
    Laurie Mansfield Self
    Dudley Moore Self (Archive Material)
    Marty Feldman Self (Archive Material)
    Sid Field Self (Archive Material)
    Eric Morecambe Self (Archive Material)
    Ernie Wise Self (Archive Material)
    Ronnie Barker Self (Archive Material)
    B.C. Hilliam Self (Archive Material)
    Helena Millet Self (Archive Material)
    Writing team
    Phil Collinge Writer
    Production team
    Phil Collinge Producer
    Ashley Byrne Executive Producer

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