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The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure

The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure

  • TV factual
  • BBC Two
  • 2014
  • 1 episode

A broadcast of some rare and previously unseen comedy moments from BBC Two's history. Features John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Paul Whitehouse and more.

Key details

Genre
Factual
Broadcast
2014
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
1
Creator
Sean Doherty
Features
John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Paul Whitehouse, Rob Brydon, Phil Cornwell, John Sessions and more
Director
Sean Doherty
Producers
Sean Doherty, Grant Philpott and Saurabh Kakkar
Companies

As part of its 50th birthday celebrations, BBC Two is allowing all-areas access to their precious comedy vaults. This programme pulls from the shelf some rare and unseen comedy moments from some of the greatest names in comedy.

There are pilots which have never been broadcast before, including Miranda Hart's Joke Shop, Stephen Fry's first appearance as the quizmaster in QI and a sitcom from the band Madness.

There is also rare comedy treats from Spike Milligan, Pete & Dud, Rik Mayall and Billy Connolly, and Sacha Baron Cohen's first incarnation of Borat, an Albanian called Christo.

Packed with archive treasure illustrating how groundbreaking and innovative BBC Two has been for British comedy, insightful analysis is provided by the guest interviews which boast some of the biggest names in television.

Tamsin Greig is the narrator.

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Studio
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 11th May 2014 at 9pm on BBC Two
Episode length
1 hour
All previous repeats
  • Friday 12th March 2021 at 9:00pm on BBC2
  • Monday 29th December 2014 at 12:00am on BBC2

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