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29 October 2014
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BBC TWO brings The Entertainers back to TV screens

Some of the best known faces who graced the television screens throughout the 1970s and 1980s are featured in a new documentary series, The Entertainers, to be shown on BBC TWO.

Getting up close and personal with just a director and camera, amongst those featured in the series are Tony Blackburn, Bernard Manning, Frank Carson, Leo Sayer, Bobby Davro, Tom O'Connor, the Krankies, Nicholas Parsons, and Bernie Clifton.

But with a style that is a mix of fly-on-the-wall and video diary, The Entertainers does not take a "whatever happened to.." perspective. Instead it captures the current fabric of the lives of those featured.

Every week two or three of The Entertainers are featured in each show and their progress is tracked throughout the series.

"I'm 72 and still going strong. My mind is as agile as it ever was and I'm doing four or five gigs a week," says an inexhaustible Bernard Manning.

"The programmes will show me in a different light because I'm an ordinary father and a grand father…. instead of people going around thinking about Bernard Manning the monster."

Leo Sayer who finds it impossible to slow down says: "I'm 54 years old and when you get to 50 you care less what people think of you.

"If I wake up in the morning and haven't got six projects to do, I'll invent them. It's nice to be captured at this time when you feel very carefree about life and you don't have to prove things. I've got a feeling my best years are coming."

Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn has nothing to prove. A top DJ for most of his career, he has recently re-established his undiminished popularity by winning a popular vote in a TV reality show.

"I'm working even harder now then I did in the 60s," says Tony. "TV is immensley powerful but I've been working flat out now for 39 years."

The story of all The Entertainers is the same - all are still working, all have endured and enjoy successful careers beyond television fame.

The directors are Helen Sage, Simon Draper, Nick Betts, Venetia Williamson-Noble and Harriet Pleming; Stuart Cabb is the series producer; David Mortimer and Louis Theroux are executive producers.

The series is a BBC Factual and Learning production for BBC TWO.

Interviews (26 KB) with Tony Blackburn, Leo Sayer and Bernard Manning are available in PDF format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.



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