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The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 6: Impressionists

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

A look at how impressionists rose from being the poor relations of the comedy scene 60 years ago to become huge successes in the 1960s and 70s. Show more

The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 4: The Comics

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition charts the comedian's rise to the top, from working men's clubs to Tony Hancock to 1980s alternative comedy. Show more

The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 2: All Round Entertainers

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment looks at how all-round entertainers like Bruce Forsyth adapted their skills to remain on the showbiz ladder. Show more

The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 3: Radio Stars

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at the continuing connection between radio and light entertainment, and its competition with TV. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 1: Double Acts

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at double acts from Laurel and Hardy to Morecambe and Wise, from Reeves and Mortimer to Ant and Dec. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 5: Pop and Easy Listening

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at the history of music on television - from 60s easy listening to today's X Factor. Show more

The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 7: Chat Shows

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Stephen Fry narrates a series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition explores how the chat show has provided some of the most controversial TV ever made. Show more

The Story of Light Entertainment

Series 1 - 60 Minute Versions

Episode 8: Variety

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment looks at how variety shows became popular, went out of fashion and are now once again entertaining the nation. Show more

Most Annoying People

2009 Cutdowns

Episode 7: Part 1

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

The most authoritative and irreverent review of the year is back. The net has been cast wide as A-listers, D-listers, pop stars and politicians slug it out for a place on the list. Show more

Most Annoying People

2009 Cutdowns

Episode 8: Part 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

The most authoritative and irreverent review of the year is back. The net has been cast wide as A-listers, D-listers, pop stars and politicians slug it out for a place on the list. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 5: Pop and Easy Listening

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This episode looks at music, from the 50s, when rock'n'roll and pop arrived on the scene, to the present day. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 1: Double Acts

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at double acts from Laurel and Hardy to Morecambe and Wise, from Reeves and Mortimer to Ant and Dec. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 2: All Round Entertainers

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment looks at how all-round entertainers like Bruce Forsyth adapted their skills to remain on the showbiz ladder. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 3: Radio Stars

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition looks at the continuing connection between radio and light entertainment, and its competition with TV. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 4: The Comics

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition charts the comedian's rise to the top, from working men's clubs to Tony Hancock to 1980s alternative comedy. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 6: Impressionists

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

A look at how impressionists rose from being the poor relations of the comedy scene 60 years ago to become huge successes in the 1960s and 70s. Show more

Story of Light Entertainment

Episode 7: Chat Shows

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Stephen Fry narrates a series tracing the roots of light entertainment. This edition explores how the chat show has provided some of the most controversial TV ever made. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Series tracing the roots of light entertainment looks at how variety shows became popular, went out of fashion and are now once again entertaining the nation. Show more