Channel 5 orders Paul Merton's Comic Heroes documentary

Friday 8th May 2020, 9:54am

Just A Minute. Paul Merton. Copyright: BBC.

Paul Merton will present a one-off documentary on Channel 5 which explores what motivates the best comedians.

Paul Merton's Comic Heroes will see the Have I Got News For You and Just A Minute star look at how and why the top comics became successful, and what inspired their best moments and characters.

The two-hour programme will use archive footage to example how comedians and comedy actors - including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Tony Hancock, Victoria Wood and Jo Brand - reached stardom.

Paul Merton says: "It's a pleasure to bring some of the best comedians of the past 100 years out of retirement and into your homes for a fantastic fun-filled festival of laughter."

Daniela Neuman from production company Spun Gold TV comments: "Paul will reunite viewers will some of their favourite comedians and clips, as well as uncovering hidden treasures in a programme which will be lots of fun and bring us joy - the perfect commission for these difficult times."

Paul Merton's Comic Heroes will be shown on Channel 5 at a later date.

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