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The Story Of Light Entertainment

BBC Two documentary. 8 episodes (1 series) in 2006. Features Stephen Fry.

Series 1, Episode 2 - All Round Entertainers

This edition looks at the 'all round entertainers' who originally came from the Victorian music hall tradition.

Further details

This edition looks at the 'all round entertainers' who originally came from the Victorian music hall tradition.

After ruling light entertainment for years, they were relegated to hosting variety shows, game shows, quizzes and competitions. However, being masters of re-invention, people like Bruce Forsyth and Bob Monkhouse adapted to remain on the showbiz ladder.

Broadcast details

Saturday 29th July 2006
90 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Narrator
    Guest cast
    Barry Cryer Self
    Lionel Blair Self
    Michael Grade Self
    Bill Cotton (as Sir Bill Cotton) Self
    Neil Shand Self
    Clive James Self
    Jeremy Beadle Self
    Joe Pasquale Self
    Ian Freeman Self
    Nicholas Parsons Self
    Amanda Barrie Self
    Una Stubbs Self
    Bruce Forsyth Self
    Norman Wisdom Self
    Laurie Mansfield Self
    Michael Hurll Self
    Richard Holloway Self
    Brian Tesler Self
    Kenny Lynch Self
    Rod Taylor Self
    Bill Lyon-Shaw (as Bill Lyon Shaw) Self
    Jimmy Tarbuck Self
    Cilla Black Self
    Paul Jackson Self
    Brad Ashton (as Brad Aston) Self
    William G Stewart Self
    Greg Dyke Self
    John Kaye Cooper Self
    James Moir (as Jim Moir) Self
    Alan Boyd Self
    Cheryl Baker Self
    Fiona Castle Self
    John Peller Self
    Verity Lewis Self
    Nina Myskow Self
    Dale Winton Self
    Isla St. Clair Self
    Nigel Lythgoe Self
    Les Dennis Self
    Michael Barrymore Self
    Joan Rivers Self
    Jean Crowther Self
    Maurice Leonard Self
    Brian Conley Self
    Phillip Schofield Self
    Bob Monkhouse Self (Archive Material)
    Production team
    Shelley Lawrence Director
    Steven D. Wright (as Steven D Wright) Executive Producer
    Shelley Lawrence Producer
    Anna Gien Editor
    Jonathan Skilton Editor

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