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Funny Business

Funny Business (2013)

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Two
  • 2013
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Documentary looking at various aspects of the British comedy industry. Features John Cleese, Rhod Gilbert, Jo Brand, Arthur Smith, Mark Thomas and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Gags To Riches

Documentary revealing how top comedians can make a fortune from a wide range of corporate gigs, from after dinner speeches to TV commercials.

Preview clips

Further details

This episode looks back at some of the funniest adverts ever made and revealing why for some comedians it is work that they covet, while for others it is a creative compromise too far.

Also this episode reveals what happened when one of Britain's funniest men decided to set up a company trading on laughs.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 16th January 2013
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 16th January 2013 9:00pm BBC HD
Sunday 20th January 2013 11:00pm BBC HD

Cast & crew

John Cleese Self
Rhod Gilbert Self
Jo Brand Self
Arthur Smith Self
Mark Thomas Self
Clive Anderson Self
Barry Cryer Self
Ross Noble Self
Eddie Mair Narrator
Guest cast
Hal Cruttenden Self
Geoff Whiting Self
John Lloyd Self
Stephen Frost Self
Mark Arden Self
Roger Woodburn Self
Benji Wilson Self
Sandi Toksvig Self
Stephen Tetlow Self
Antony Jay (as Sir Anthony Jay) Self
Paul Brazier Self
Gayle Harrison Self
Matt Jagger Self
Henry Normal Self
Jeremy Lee Self
Production team
Richard Marson Director
Richard Marson Producer
Anne Gilchrist Executive Producer
Oliver Rainbird Editor


The Real Variety Show

Hal Cruttenden talks about what it's like to perform at the Real Variety Show.

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Hal Cruttenden & Jeremy Lee.

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