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Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me

Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me

Dennis (Rafe Spall) and Frankie (David Walliams)

David Walliams stars as one of his own comedy favourites in this moving, humorous and poignant story of Howerd's fight with his inner demons.

The actor and comedian says: "I have been a life-long fan of Frankie and his work: I even managed to get an autograph after one of his shows!"

Frankie Howerd (David Walliams)

"Playing Howerd is, in many ways, a dream role for me. In fact, Matt Lucas and I first bonded as struggling comedians over a shared love of Frankie Howerd impressions."

Frankie Howerd is to this day an enduring and celebrated icon of British comedy, and his "thrice nays" and "titter ye not" have been immortalised in the canon of comedy catch-phrases.

Frankie Howerd (David Walliams)

Behind the scenes, however, Howerd was a man riddled with professional doubts, conflicted by his homosexuality and wracked with depression.

He kept his sexuality and relationship with partner Dennis Heymer secret until his death in 1992.

Cast

David Walliams
Frankie Howerd
Dilys Laye
Edith Howerd
Rafe Spall
Dennis

Crew

John Alexander
director
Ben Evans
producer
John Yorke
executive producer
Peter Harness
writer

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