What A Performance! Pioneers Of Popular Entertainment. Image shows from L to R: Frank Skinner, Suzy Klein. Copyright: BBC.

What A Performance! Pioneers Of Popular Entertainment

BBC Four documentary. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2015. Features Frank Skinner and Suzy Klein.

What A Performance! Pioneers Of Popular Entertainment

Frank Skinner & Suzy Klein explore the history of British popular entertainment in the 100 years before the arrival of television

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2015
Channel
BBC Four
Episodes
3   (1 series)
Features
Frank Skinner and Suzy Klein
Producer
Amy Morgan

In this thought-provoking series for BBC Four, comedian Frank Skinner and music broadcaster and presenter Suzy Klein explore the history of British popular entertainment in the 100 years before the arrival of television.

From the music halls of the Victorian age to the variety theatres of the 20th century, they uncover what kept us entertained through technological advances, two world wars, and an 'American Invasion'.

In each episode Frank and Suzy not only investigate the big acts from the era, they become them - recreating one act each in a final performance. They learn what it took to become a star in a world without TV, immerse themselves in the music and costumes of the time and discover how much our tastes have changed - or not - through a century of live entertainment.

Production Details

Production company

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 3rd December 2015 on BBC Four at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 17th December 2015 on BBC Four at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Last repeat
Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 12:55am