Stephen K Amos.

Top Of The Bill

BBC Radio 3 factual essays from comics. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Features Adrian Edmondson, Susan Calman, Mark Watson, Deborah Frances-White and Stephen K Amos.

Series 1, Episode 5 - Stephen K Amos on Redd Foxx

As a teenager Stephen K Amos' family left London for Nigeria. There, for the first time, he saw television situation comedies, imported from America, about black families whose lives he recognised. One of his favourite shows was Sanford & Son, the US version of Steptoe & Son, and for his essay Stephen has chosen one particular episode and its star, Redd Foxx.

Further details

Stephen K Amos.

As a teenager Stephen K Amos' family left London for Nigeria. There, for the first time, he saw television situation comedies, imported from America, about black families whose lives he recognised. Here were shows where the ethnicity of the lead characters was not central to the story or the punchline to a joke. One of his favourite shows was Sanford & Son and for his essay Stephen has chosen one particular episode and its star, Redd Foxx, who took the lead part of Sanford. As he came to know more about Foxx's life Stephen began to see the possibility of a life of his own in comedy.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 21st February 2020
Time
10:45pm
Channel
BBC Radio 3
Length
15 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Stephen K Amos Host / Presenter
Writing team
Stephen K Amos Writer
Production team
Caroline Raphael Producer