Comedy Legends. Barry Cryer. Copyright: 3DD.

Comedy Legends

Sky Arts documentary series presented by Barry Cryer. 20 episodes (2 series), 2018 - 2020. Features Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Steve Punt, Clive Anderson and others.

Series 1, Episode 3 is repeated on Wednesday at 12am.

Series 2

Comedy Legends. Image shows from L to R: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx. Copyright: 3DD.

1. The Marx Brothers

First broadcast: Wednesday 16th October 2019

Barry Cryer reviews the timeless vaudeville family, the Marx Brothers.

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Comedy Legends. Lily Tomlin. Copyright: 3DD.

2. Lily Tomlin

First broadcast: Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of multi-Emmy-winning comedian and actress Lily Tomlin.

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Comedy Legends. Richard Pryor. Copyright: 3DD.

3. Richard Pryor

First broadcast: Wednesday 30th October 2019

This week, Barry Cryer takes a look at the life an career of one of the most influential stand-up comics of all time, Richard Pryor, who collaborated with Gene Wilder in four films including Stir Crazy and Silver Streak.

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Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn. Copyright: 3DD.

4. Madeline Kahn

First broadcast: Wednesday 6th November 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of American comedian and actress Madeline Kahn, who was nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles.

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Comedy Legends. Steve Martin. Copyright: 3DD.

5. Steve Martin

First broadcast: Wednesday 13th November 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of American actor comedian Steve Martin, who starred in films including The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains and Roxanne.

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Comedy Legends. John Cleese. Copyright: 3DD.

6. John Cleese

First broadcast: Wednesday 20th November 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of writer and actor John Cleese, who shot to fame as a member of Monty Python and co-wrote and starred in classic sitcom Fawlty Towers.

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Comedy Legends. Phyllis Diller. Copyright: 3DD.

7. Phyllis Diller

First broadcast: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of American comedian Phyllis Diller, who was one of the first female comics to become a household name in the US.

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Comedy Legends. Lucille Ball. Copyright: 3DD.

8. Lucille Ball

First broadcast: Wednesday 4th December 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of American comedian Lucille Ball, who created the highly influential sitcom I Love Lucy with her husband Desi Arnaz.

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Comedy Legends. Terry-Thomas. Copyright: 3DD.

9. Terry-Thomas

First broadcast: Wednesday 11th December 2019

Barry Cryer reflects on the life and career of actor Terry-Thomas, who starred in Tom Thumb and I'm Alright, Jack before going on to find international fame.

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Comedy Legends. Sid James. Copyright: 3DD.

10. Sid James

First broadcast: Wednesday 18th December 2019

Barry Cryer pays tribute to comedy actor Sid James, who rose to fame in Hancock's Half Hour and became a mainstay of the Carry On franchise.

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Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland. Billy Connolly. Copyright: 7 Wonder.

11. Billy Connolly

First broadcast: Wednesday 1st January 2020

Comedy Legends examines the career of The Big Yin - the one and only Billy Connolly.

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Comedy Legends. Peter Sellers. Copyright: 3DD.

12. Peter Sellers

First broadcast: Wednesday 8th January 2020

Barry Cryer pays tribute to actor Peter Sellers, who shot to fame in The Goon Show and starred in the Pink Panther franchise and was Oscar-nominated for Dr Strangelove and Being There.

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