At Last The 1948 Show. Image shows from L to R: Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Aimi MacDonald, Graham Chapman, Marty Feldman. Copyright: Rediffusion London.

At Last The 1948 Show

ITV sketch show with an A-list cast. 13 episodes (2 series) in 1967. Stars John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman and others.


Editor Johnny Fielder was not allowed to be credited during the series as executives did not want viewers to know the programmes were edited at all. In lieu of this, the writers arranged for him to be credited in the last episode of Series 1 as choreographer of 'Underwater chariot race', and in the final episode of Series 2, as 'Fielder's Circus', for 'The Bridge appeared by kind permission of'.

Although uncredited, Aimi MacDoanld wrote some of her own segments.

Denis Norden played an unofficial script editor-cum-directorial role in the series, advising the team as they rehearsed each week's programme.

After the success of The Frost Report, Frost asked writer-researchers John Cleese and Tim Brooke-Taylor if they'd be interested in making their own series. He originally balked at the idea of putting fellow writer Marty Feldman in front of the cameras, fearing audiences would not take to his appearance.