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Steve Saul | 17:00 UK time, Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Ruth Jones stars as Carry On star Hattie Jacques in Hattie (tonight, 9pm on BBC Four).

We noticed how many of you loved Eric and Ernie and thought you'd want to know about BBC Four's new comedy bio drama Hattie. We've got a blurb from Ruth, a bio of Hattie Jacques and raided the BBC archives for exclusive clips of the legend herself in action.

Ruth says: "Hattie Jacques is a comedy heroine of mine and I'm thrilled to have been asked to play her. She was an incredibly talented and fascinating woman both on and off screen and so much more than just the 'funny fat lady.'"

About Hattie: Hattie Jacques began her career in the Forties, first gaining attention through her radio appearances with Tommy Handley on It's That Man Again and later with Tony Hancock on Hancock's Half Hour.

From 1958 to 1974 she appeared in 14 Carry On films, often playing the matron. She had a long professional partnership with Eric Sykes, with whom she co-starred in his long-running television series, Sykes.

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Hattie also starred in two Norman Wisdom films, The Square Peg and Follow A Star.

Jacques was married to John Le Mesurier from 1949 until their divorce in 1965. Her final appearance on television was an advertisement for Asda in 1980. She died later that year from a heart attack.

Hattie is on tonight, 9pm on BBC Four.

See Hattie Jacques in this sketch from Sykes.

Read Producer Seb Barwell's blog about making Hattie.

Watch more clips of Ruth Jones in Little Britain, The Great Outdoors and Gavin and Stacey.


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