The Real Comedy Controllers. Image shows from L to R: Paul Jackson, Jimmy Mulville, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

The Real Comedy Controllers

BBC Radio 4 Extra documentary show interviewing comedy producers. 4 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Features Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville.

The Real Comedy Controllers. Image shows from L to R: Paul Jackson, Jimmy Mulville, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

The Real Comedy Controllers

A Radio 4 Extra show in which the producers of comedy shows talk about their favourite programmes

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2017
Channel
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Episodes
4   (1 series)
Features
Paul Jackson, Beryl Vertue, John Lloyd and Jimmy Mulville
Producers
Paul Kobrak and Dixi Stewart

Instead of guest 'Comedy Controllers' choosing their comedy favourites on Radio 4 Extra, this series gives those who actually made the shows the chance to select the programmes they love.

The Real Comedy Controllers (those who commissioned, thought up and actually made many of the classic shows) reveal what it was that made them laugh and shed light on how those (and other similar) programmes were made.

Paul Jackson (producer of The Two Ronnies, Red Dwarf, Three Of A Kind and The Young Ones; former Head of BBC Entertainment and former Director of Comedy and Entertainment for ITV) hosts the discussion, and talks to...

Beryl Vertue (former agent to Spike Milligan, Eric Sykes, Johnny Speight, Galton & Simpson and Tony Hancock; and founder of Hartswood Films which produced Men Behaving Badly, Coupling and Sherlock).

John Lloyd (producer of The News Quiz, Not The Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder and QI; and current presenter of The Museum of Curiosity).

Jimmy Mulville (producer of Radio Active and Alas Smith And Jones; star of Who Dares Wins and Old Harry's Game; and co-founder of Hat Trick Productions whose credits include Have I Got News For You, Father Ted and Outnumbered).

In front of an audience in the iconic Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House - the home of British Radio comedy - the foursome reveal why they do it and what it was (and is) that made them laugh. Over four extended episodes they survey broadcast comedy from its origins before and during the Second World War to the laughs (and groans) of the internet age. And they select their favourite moments along the way.

Production Details

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Also known as
  • The Real Comedy Controllers: The Things That Made Us Laugh (Other official name)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 18th March 2017 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 9am
Last new broadcast
Saturday 15th April 2017 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 9am
Length of episodes
180 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 20th April 2019 at 9:00am
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