The Story Of Light Entertainment. Copyright: Shine
The Story Of Light Entertainment

The Story Of Light Entertainment

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Two
  • 2006
  • 8 episodes (1 series)

Stephen Fry narrates a series tracing the roots of light entertainment,
from variety to Strictly Come Dancing and all points in between. Features Stephen Fry.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 3rd January 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Monday 7th March 2011 10:00pm BBC4
Sunday 1st May 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Monday 5th December 2011 10:00pm BBC4
Saturday 3rd March 2012 7:20pm BBC2
Sunday 23rd September 2012 7:30pm BBC4
Saturday 29th September 2012 10:50pm BBC4

Cast & crew

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

Share this page