Frost On Sketch Shows. Image shows from L to R: David Frost, Michael Palin. Copyright: David Paradine Productions.

Frost On Sketch Shows

BBC Four documentary. 1 episode in 2013. Features David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Michael Grade, Richard Curtis, Nicholas Parsons and others.

Frost On Sketch Shows

Sir David Frost traces the development of the sketch show over the last fifty years, from variety theatre to primetime television

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2013
Channel
BBC Four
Episodes
1
Features
David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Michael Grade, Richard Curtis, Nicholas Parsons, John Lloyd and others
Director
Andrew Fettis
Producers
Andrew Fettis, Gilly Hall and Trevor Poots

With many of Britain's biggest comedy stars cutting their teeth on sketch shows and many of our most-loved comedy series beginning as sketches, Sir David Frost traces the development of the sketch show over the last fifty years - from the variety theatre to peak-time television, from Arthur Haynes to Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies, from Monty Python to Not The Nine O'Clock News and Catherine Tate.

He is joined by TV comedy greats including Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Fry and Michael Palin as they look back on the highs and lows of their own sketch show experiences. And together with comedy veterans Michael Grade and Richard Curtis they ask if, in an age dominated by stand-up and sitcoms, the sketch show can continue to flourish and survive.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 13th May 2013 on BBC Four at 9pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Monday 5th September 2016 at 11:00pm
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