Dick Vosburgh pays tribute to one of the most popular and enduring comedy series, first shown 50 years ago on American TV - The Phil Silvers Show, aka You'll Never Get Rich but popularly known as the Bilko Show. Contributors include Phil Silvers's daughter Tracey Silvers, M*A*S*H writer Larry Gelbart, cast members Allan Melvin, Mickey Freeman and Gretchen Wyler, Bilko Show writer Barry Blitzer, and Steve Everitt from the British Phil Silvers Appreciation Society, with archive material from Silvers himself and extracts from the shows.
Producer Neil Rosser
When the new edition of the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy came out in 2003, at the top of the best ever British and American sitcoms list was The Phil Silvers Show. This morning, comedy writer and Bilko fan Dick Vosburgh gives us what must be the authoritative 30-minute history of the series and why it has remained so popular in the UK. Vosburgh makes the point that the Brits love characters who defy authority. But I think the answer is even simpler: Phil Silvers was damn funny. Jane Anderson