Just A Minute. Nicholas Parsons. Copyright: BBC.

The Straight Man

BBC Radio 4 documentary about double acts. 1 episode in 2005. Features Nicholas Parsons, Syd Little, Peter Reeves, Ian Tough and Arthur Haynes.

The Straight Man

Nicholas Parsons looks at the concept of the "straight man" in comedy double-acts

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2005
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Features
Nicholas Parsons, Syd Little, Peter Reeves, Ian Tough and Arthur Haynes
Producer
Libby Cross

Nicholas Parsons presents a potted history of the "straight man" in comedy double-acts.

In the 1950s and 60s, he played the stooge to Arthur Haynes's funny man, and tells his memories of those years. He also explores the role of the straight man with the help of Syd Little, Peter Reeves and Ian 'Krankie' Tough, among others.

Production Details

Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 27th September 2005 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 10th October 2020 at 8:00pm