Classic sitcom documentary coming to DVD

Thursday 28th April 2022, 10:07am

Image shows from L to R: Ronnie Barker, Harry H. Corbett, Wilfrid Brambell

Comedy Makers, a television documentary from 1970 about British sitcoms is to be released on DVD in June.

Made for Dutch television, it has never been seen before in the UK and - notably - features on-set footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the writers and stars of programmes including Steptoe And Son, Hark At Barker, and Please Sir!.

Released by Kaleidoscope, the organisation dedicated to finding and preserving archive television programmes, the 40-minute DVD will be accompanied by a new 400-page book detailing Britain's greatest TV sitcoms, and including further information on many unbroadcast pilots.

Produced mostly in English for the country's NCRV channel, Comedy Makers was made with the co-operation of both London Weekend Television and the BBC, and first aired in the Netherlands on 31st August 1970.

The basis of the documentary was the hugely popular Dutch adaptation of Steptoe And Son, Stiefbeen en zoon, which ran between 1964 and 1971, and the then-booming British TV landscape proliferated by situation comedies.

Interviewees include writers Frank Muir, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, writer and star Ronnie Barker, and actor Deryck Guyler.

Others featured range from Sir David Jason to Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

The set will be released on 5th June 2022 and is available to order now through Kaleidoscope's TV Brain website.

Comedy Makers

A 1970 Dutch TV documentary that followed the making of BBC and LWT sitcoms.

Come behind the scenes on Steptoe And Son, Please Sir! and Hark At Barker, to name but three.

Combined with a new book examining the greatest sitcoms, including details on many untransmitted pilots.

First released: Sunday 5th June 2022

  • Distributor: Kaleidoscope
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 41
  • Catalogue: KPCM

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