The Moments That Made.... Image shows from L to R: Greg Hemphill, Ford Kiernan
The Moments That Made...

The Moments That Made...

  • TV documentary
  • BBC Scotland
  • 2019 - 2020
  • 4 episodes (1 series)

Documentary series that profiles the careers of some of Scotland's most-loved comedy performers. Features Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Elaine C. Smith, Richard Wilson and Jack Docherty

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Series 1, Episode 2 - Richard Wilson

One Foot In The Grave. Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson). Copyright: BBC
Veteran Scottish actor Richard Wilson is the focus of this episode of this series that takes a detailed review of top comedy talent careers.

Further details

He may be better known as playing the nation's most famous grumpy old man, Victor Meldrew in One Foot In The Grave, but Richard Wilson's rise to becoming one of our most-loved comedy performers nearly didn't happen.

In the programme The Moments That Made Richard Wilson, he talks about his humble beginnings as a lab technician from Greenock and becoming one of the most recognisable faces in Britain and how he nearly turned down the role of a lifetime.

Aside from his TV work, Richard is also one of theatre's most respected directors and a relentless supporter of new writing talent. And despite being in his 80s, there's no sign of him stopping.

As well as featuring a special interview with Richard and other key people from his enduring career, including David Tennant and Arabella Weir, there are a feast of clips demonstrating the longevity and span of his career from One Foot In The Grave through to Crown Court, Tutti Frutti and Hot Metal.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 23rd December 2020
BBC Scotland
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 26th December 2020 9:30pm BBC Scotland
Monday 15th March 2021 11:00pm BBC Scotland
Friday 9th July 2021 10:00pm BBC2
Friday 20th August 2021 11:00pm BBC Scotland
Wednesday 20th October 2021 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Thursday 1st September 2022 10:00pm BBC Scotland
Wednesday 10th May 2023 10:00pm BBC Scotland

Cast & crew

Richard Wilson Self
Guest cast
Arabella Weir Self
John Byrne Self
Jon Canter Self
Atiha Sen Gupta Self
Gordon McDougall Self
David Tennant Self
Moyo Akande (as Moyo Akandé) Narrator
Writing team
Steven Dick Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Mark Bignell Director
Mark Bignell Producer
Steven Canny Executive Producer
Martin Mackenzie Editor

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