Comic Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller) profiles innovative and racy comedian Benny Hill (1924-92), whose 1970s TV shows attracted in excess of 16 million viewers and whose fans included likewise visually comical talent Charlie Chaplin. Hill was seen in 140 countries, had a cult following in America, appeared in films (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and scored a 1971 number one hit with Ernie (the Fastest Milkman in the West). Paying tribute are TV mogul Michael Grade, comic actress Bella Emberg, TV producer/director Harold Snoad, comic Tom O'Connor and others. (Phil Collinge)
2/3. Jazz trumpeter Guy Barker profiles German composer, arranger and bass player James Last (born Hans Last ) who has had a huge LP career in the UK. Last specialises in popular, party-friendly sounds. inspired by big-band music. This instalment of the 2006 series looks at his song arrangements.
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