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

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Two
  • 2020
  • 1 episode

Documentary about the life of Peter Sellers, marking the 40th anniversary of his death. Also features Victoria Sellers, Sarah Sellers, Michael Palin, Steve Coogan, Hanif Kureishi and more.

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy. Peter Sellers

Key details

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

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.

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Real Peter Sellers (Billed in some listings)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 9th May 2020 at 9pm on BBC Two
Episode length
80 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 27th October 2021 at 1:25am on BBC4
  • Tuesday 26th October 2021 at 9:00pm on BBC4
  • Friday 29th May 2020 at 12:30am on BBC2

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