Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy. Peter Sellers.

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy

BBC Two documentary programme about Peter Sellers. 1 episode in 2020. Features Victoria Sellers, Sarah Sellers, Michael Palin, Steve Coogan and others.

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Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy. Peter Sellers.

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy

Documentary about the life of Peter Sellers, marking the 40th anniversary of his death

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2020
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
1
Features
Victoria Sellers, Sarah Sellers, Michael Palin, Steve Coogan, Hanif Kureishi, Britt Ekland, Nanette Newman, Sinéad Cusack and others
Director
John O'Rourke
Producers
John O'Rourke and Will Sellers

In this single-documentary film about one of the greatest comedians of all time, friends and family, colleagues and critics reveal insight into the real Peter Sellers. Alongside interviews with his daughters Sarah and Victoria, famous fans such as Michael Palin, Steve Coogan and Hanif Kureishi lend their thoughts on what Peter Sellers meant to them.

The film also features an exclusive interview with Sellers' second wife, Britt Ekland, who has never spoken before to any documentary or biographer about her life and turbulent marriage with Sellers.

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy, broadcast on BBC Two to mark the fortieth anniversary of his death, explores the life of this peerless actor and comedian.

It uncovers not only his vast talent, but also the complexities of his personal life. We hear from many of the women he was associated with - Nanette Newman, Sinead Cusack, Janette Scott - and his multiple secretaries alongside acquaintances and colleagues, like director Joe McGrath and actor Simon Williams, recall tales of Sellers' extravagant behaviour on set to give a fully rounded picture of the comic genius and the man behind it.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Real Peter Sellers (Billed in some listings)
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 9th May 2020 on BBC Two at 9pm
Episode length
80 minutes
Last repeat
Friday 29th May 2020 at 12:30am