Comedian Joan Rivers pays tribute to iconic American TV personality Ed Sullivan (1901-74), on whose Sunday night variety show she appeared 19 times. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sullivan's first broadcast in 1948, Rivers recalls his early championing of rock-era acts such as Elvis Presley and, most famously, the Beatles, whose debut appearance reached over 70 million viewers. With his often imitated unanimated stance, Sullivan played host to everyone from Woody Allen , the Supremes and Rudolf Nureyev to Edith Piaf, Richard Pryor , Peggy Lee and US baseball heroes. This programme explores his critical role in promoting the British Invasion and in giving family-viewing airtime to acts such as the Doors, who naughtily ignored the command to tone down the lyrics to Light My Fire. Producer Owen McFadden
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