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

Radio 2's History Of British Comedy

  • Radio documentary
  • BBC Radio 2
  • 2013
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

Four part series in which David Mitchell traces the history of British humour, from 1913 to the present day. Also features Christopher Paul Lee, Barry Cryer, Denis Norden, Michael Grade, Jimmy Cricket and more.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 20th November 2014 10:00pm Radio 2

Cast & crew

David Mitchell Host / Presenter
Christopher Paul Lee (as Dr CP Lee) Self
Barry Cryer Self
Denis Norden Self
Michael Grade Self
Jimmy Cricket Self
Laurie Mansfield Self
Guest cast
Eric Merryweather (as Dr Eric Merryweather) Self
Carla Lane Self
Don Ward Self
Ken Dodd 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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