Britain's Oldest Stand Up. Jack Woodward. Copyright: Testimony Films.

Britain's Oldest Stand Up

More4 documentary. 1 episode in 2012. Features Jack Woodward, Ed Byrne and Les Keen.

Britain's Oldest Stand Up

First Cut documentary following 90-year old Chelsea Pensioner Jack Woodward returning to his previous career as a stand-up comic

Jack Woodward, Ed Byrne and Les Keen
Clair Titley
Clair Titley

Ninety-year-old Chelsea Pensioner Jack Woodward has a dream: to revive his career as a stand-up comic and perform on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo. This First Cut film follows Jack on a heart-warming journey as he attempts to make it in the modern world of stand-up comedy.

His comedy CV is already impressive. He cut his comedy teeth in working men's clubs in the north, performed on troop ships during World War II and was a BBC warm-up comic in the 1960s.

He complains that comedians today swear too much, but can they teach him a thing or two about modern comedy and help him update his act so he can compete with the best of them?

For an old dog learning new tricks, the road to the Apollo will be littered with obstacles, both practical and emotional. But the reward will be the opportunity for Jack to feel the buzz of a live audience once again, and to finally achieve a life-long ambition.

First Cut is the critically acclaimed, eclectic documentary strand that showcases distinctive new films by up-and-coming directors.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 30th July 2012 on More4 at 10pm
Episode length
35 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 21st July 2013 at 1:35am on C4

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