Michael Grade.

The Story Of Music Hall With Michael Grade

BBC Four documentary. 1 episode in 2011. Features Michael Grade, Matthew Sweet, Michael Kilgarriff, Barry Cryer, Derek Scott, John Earl, Alexei Sayle and others.

The Story Of Music Hall With Michael Grade

Michael Grade traces the raucous history of the music hall, the roots of what became modern variety and comedy

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2011
Channel
BBC Four
Episodes
1
Features
Michael Grade, Matthew Sweet, Michael Kilgarriff, Barry Cryer, Derek Scott, John Earl, Alexei Sayle, Oliver Double and others
Director
Spike Geilinger
Producer
Spike Geilinger

Michael Grade traces the raucous history of the music hall in a revelatory journey that takes him from venues such as Wilton's Music Hall in London to Glasgow's once-famous Britannia.

Talking to enthusiasts and performers, Lord Grade discovers the origins of this uniquely British form of entertainment and revisits some of the great acts and impresarios, from Charles Morton and George Leybourne to Bessie Bellwood and Marie Lloyd.

Featuring Jo Brand and Alexei Sayle, with performances from Barry Cryer and many more, Grade hears about dudes, swells, mashers and serio-comics and hears how, in many a house, no turn was left unstoned.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 25th October 2011 on BBC Four at 9pm
Episode length
90 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 2nd December 2013 at 11:00pm