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Michael Grade's History Of The Pantomime Dame

BBC Four documentary. 1 episode in 2012. Features Michael Grade, Berwick Kaler, Damian Cruden, Matthew Kelly, Kate Newey, Marcus Risdell, Gyles Brandreth and others.

Michael Grade's History Of The Pantomime Dame

Michael Grade explores the rich history of the very British Pantomime Dame

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2012
Channel
BBC Four
Episodes
1
Features
Michael Grade, Berwick Kaler, Damian Cruden, Matthew Kelly, Kate Newey, Marcus Risdell, Gyles Brandreth, Mark Fox and others
Director
Michael Burke
Producer
Michael Burke

From the extravagant productions in Drury Lane in the 19th Century to the vintage performances by Terry Scott and Arthur Askey, the Pantomime Dame has always been anarchic, witty, vulgar affectionate and good box office.

Berwick Kaler, who has played the Panto Dame for 30 years at York's Theatre Royal and Richard Briers, star of The Good Life, offer their insights into why the role has remained such a favourite.

And presenter and TV mogul Michael Grade bravely tries on the full makeup and frock to explore what it is that has made the Pantomime Dame such an enduring feature of British life.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 20th December 2012 on BBC Four at 9pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Friday 29th March 2013 at 12:40am