Legends Of Stand-Up And Bernard Righton. Bernard Righton (John Thomson). Copyright: North One Television
Legends Of Stand-Up And Bernard Righton

Legends Of Stand-Up And Bernard Righton

  • TV stand-up / factual
  • Gold
  • 2015
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

John Thomson - in character as Bernard Righton - presents archive stand-up footage.

Episode menu

Series 1 - Christmas Special

It's the Christmas episode which highlights the work of Les Dawson, Bill Hicks, Max Wall, Emo Phillips, The Multichords, Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse, Rita Rudner, Tommy Cooper and Victoria Wood.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 16th December 2015
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 17th December 2015 11:05pm Gold
Friday 18th December 2015 7:00pm Gold
Saturday 19th December 2015 12:50pm Gold
Thursday 21st April 2016 3:20am Gold
Saturday 12th November 2016 11:50pm Gold
Thursday 6th December 2018 2:00am Gold
Tuesday 11th December 2018 1:50am Gold
Wednesday 12th December 2018 2:20am Gold
Friday 6th December 2019 3:00am Gold
Monday 28th September 2020 2:05am Gold

Cast & crew

John Thomson Bernard Righton
Guest cast
Frankie Howerd Self (Archive Material)
Victoria Wood Self (Archive Material)
Tommy Cooper Self (Archive Material)
Bob Monkhouse Self (Archive Material)
Rita Rudner Self (Archive Material)
Emo Philips Self (Archive Material)
Bill Hicks Self (Archive Material)
Max Wall Self (Archive Material)
Writing team
John Thomson Writer
Mike Williams Writer
Nigel Alred Writer
Willy Norton Writer
Production team
Mike Williams Director
Mike Williams Series Producer
John Quinn Executive Producer
Iain Coyle Executive Producer
Dan Ablett Editor
Rudi Thackray Production Designer


Another outing for John Thomson/'s comic creation Bernard Righton: a formerly blue club comedian who has attained a left-wing conversion, and reconfigured his act accordingly. Bernard acts as compere on this festive clip show, introducing archival Christmas pieces by the likes of Bill Hicks, Emo Phillips and Les Dawson - all "appearing" at his club. The archival jokes are a lot funnier than Thomson's, which is probably the point, but which makes for strangely uneven viewing.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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