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Arena: The Entertainers - Sykes And A Day. Eric Sykes. Copyright: BBC.

Arena: The Entertainers - Sykes And A Day

BBC Two documentary. 1 episode in 2001. Features Eric Sykes, Janet Spearman, Norma Farnes, Max Bygraves and John Ballantyne.

Arena: The Entertainers - Sykes And A Day

Arena documentary following Eric Sykes on a typical day at the office

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2001
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
1
Features
Eric Sykes, Janet Spearman, Norma Farnes, Max Bygraves and John Ballantyne
Director
Anthony Wall
Producer
Mary Dickinson

Prolific comedy writer Eric Sykes shows cameras aspects of a typical day at his office, and talks about his life and work with and alongside fellow actors and writers ranging from Frankie Howerd to Spike Milligan, Ray Galton & Alan Simpson to Peter Sellers, Tommy Cooper, and of course his 'identical twin' Hattie Jacques.

His manager Norma Farnes and personal assistant Janet Spearman talk about Eric and his work, and describe life at 9, Orme Court, once the hotbed of British comedy writing talent.

Sykes' long-serving ear specialist, John Ballantyne, also talks about the debilitating middle-ear disease that rendered Eric almost completely deaf at a young age.

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