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Geoffrey Perkins

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

A tribute to Geoffrey Perkins, comedy writer, performer and producer who had a glorious 30-year career. Friends and colleagues talk of his extraordinary success. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Angus Deayton
Participant:
Catherine Tate
Participant:
Charlie Higson
Participant:
Paul Whitehouse
Participant:
Harry Enfield
Participant:
John Lloyd
Participant:
Jimmy Mulville
Participant:
Graham Linehan
Participant:
Ben Elton

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Series 6

Episode 1: Till Death Us Do Part

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

The series charting the history of the best of British comedy returns by taking a look at Till Death Do Us Part, which burst onto screens in June 1966. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 3: The Liver Birds

Duration: 39 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Series charting the history of British comedies. A look at The Liver Birds, the groundbreaking sitcom centred around the lives of two young Liverpudlian women. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 7: Dad's Army

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

The series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at Dad's Army, the gentle wartime sitcom that became one of the most popular series of all time. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 6: Sorry!

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Series charting the history of classic British comedies looks at Sorry!, the sitcom starring Ronnie Corbett as a middle-aged librarian who lived with his domineering mother. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 8: Little Britain

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at Little Britain, the bizarre sketch show which burst onto television screens in February 2003. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 2: Yes, Minister

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

The series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at Yes, Minister, which achieved massive success by poking fun at the workings of government. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 4: Ripping Yarns

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

The series charting the history of the best of British comedy investigates Michael Palin and Terry Jones's post-Python parody of pre-war Boys' Own adventure comics. Show more

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Series 6

Episode 5: Rab C Nesbitt

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

A look at Rab C Nesbitt, the sitcom about the life of a working-class Glaswegian, which ran for thirteen years and won audiences of five million viewers. Show more

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Series 5

Episode 8: Alas Smith and Jones

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One North West

A look at Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones's sketch show, which dominated ratings throughout the 1980s, and its connections with other comedy shows. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Mel Smith
Participant:
Griff Rhys Jones
Participant:
Clive Anderson
Participant:
Rory McGrath
Participant:
Jimmy Mulville
Participant:
Graham Linehan
Participant:
Arthur Mathews
Participant:
Martin Shardlow
Participant:
Robin Driscoll
Participant:
John Howard Davis
Participant:
Peter Fincham
Series Producer:
Graham Mitchell

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Series 2

Episode 4: The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

The history of classic comedy shows. A look at 1970s sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, including interviews with writer and stars. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Julia Sawalha
Participant:
Geoffrey Palmer
Participant:
John Barron
Participant:
Sue Nicholls
Participant:
John Horsley
Participant:
Tim Preece
Participant:
David Nobbs
Participant:
John Howard Davis
Participant:
Gareth Gwenlan
Series Producer:
Toby Stevens

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Series 2

Episode 6: The Young Ones

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Series celebrating great British comedy shows. A look at The Young Ones, the groundbreaking riotous 1980s sitcom created by Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer and Ben Elton. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Julia Sawalha
Participant:
Nigel Planer
Participant:
Rik Mayall
Participant:
Ben Elton
Participant:
Lise Mayer
Participant:
Paul Jackson
Participant:
Geoff Posner

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Series 2

Episode 8: Red Dwarf

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series charting the history of some of the best British comedy shows looks at the inside story of intergalactic sitcom Red Dwarf, written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. Show more

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Series 5

Episode 4: The New Statesman

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One CambridgeshireLatest broadcast: on BBC One Cambridgeshire

Series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at Marks and Gran's 1980s sitcom The New Statesman, with Rik Mayall as an unscrupulous Tory MP. Show more

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Series 5

Episode 5: Don't Wait Up

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North East & CumbriaLatest broadcast: on BBC One North East & Cumbria

Series charting the history of the best of British comedy looks at 1980s sitcom Don't Wait Up, which starred Nigel Havers as a young doctor living with his father. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 3: Are You Being Served?

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Series charting the history of our best comedy shows. The story of how Joanna Lumley and a job at Simpson's of Piccadilly inspired Are You Being Served? Show more

Contributors

Participant:
David Croft
Participant:
Jeremy Lloyd
Participant:
Mollie Sugden
Participant:
Frank Thornton
Participant:
John Inman
Participant:
Wendy Richard
Director:
Eric Haynes