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The Comedy Hour


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1.00 The Smith Lectures
Arthur Smith presents a comedy series. This programme is the first of a two-parter attempting to cover the complete history of the world, from the invention of the wheel to the invention of the wheel clamp. With Mel Brooks, Monty Python, Leslie Phillips, Terry-Thomas, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Benny Hill, Eddie Izzard and Orson Welles.
1.30 King of the Road
A sitcom set in the world of London hackney cabs. Starring Bradley Walsh, Chris Pavlo, Penelope Solomon and Vivienne Martin.
Written by David Cosgrove, Donald McLeary and Sanjeev Kohli


Unknown: Mel Brooks
Unknown: Monty Python
Unknown: Leslie Phillips
Unknown: Benny Hill
Unknown: Eddie Izzard
Unknown: Orson Welles.
Unknown: Bradley Walsh
Unknown: Chris Pavlo
Unknown: Penelope Solomon
Written By: David Cosgrove
Written By: Donald McLeary
Written By: Sanjeev Kohli

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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