Marty Feldman - Six Degrees Of Separation
Marty Feldman was one of the most influential names in British comedy in the 1960s, but an early death rendered him all but forgotten by the public
- BBC Four
- Denis Norden, Lyn Took, David Frost, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Don Archell, Denis King and others
- Jeff Simpson
- Jeff Simpson and Caroline Wright
Marty Feldman was one of the forgotten greats of British Comedy. Uniquely, Feldman's journey took him from the golden age of BBC radio comedy, with Round The Horne, the show he co-wrote with Barry Took, through the hothouse of 1960s television comedy, where Marty worked alongside the Pythons on The Frost Report and At Last The 1948 Show before getting his own series.
He went on to Hollywood with classic movies like Young Frankenstein. Marty was a writer first and foremost, but he was also a great physical clown, who idolised Buster Keaton. In moving to Hollywood, he hoped to emulate Keaton, but the Hollywood system quickly withdrew its support when they couldn't contain his talents.
Featuring a cast of close friends including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sir David Frost, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Dom DeLuise (and parrot), Larry Gelbart (who produced a series for US television for Marty) and the great director Barry Levinson, who was one of his writers.
- Production company
- First broadcast
- Monday 31st March 2008 on BBC Four at 9pm
- Episode length
- 1 hour
- Last repeat
- Saturday 13th August 2011 at 6:00pm on BBC2