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Marty Feldman - Six Degrees of Separation

Marty Feldman was one of the forgotten greats of British Comedy. Uniquely, Feldman's journey took him from the golden age of BBC Radio comedy, with Round the Horne, the show he co-wrote with Barry Took, through the hothouse of 1960s television comedy, where Marty worked alongside the Pythons on The Frost Report and At Last The 1948 Show before getting his own series.

He went on to Hollywood with classic movies like Young Frankenstein. Marty was a writer first and foremost, but he was also a great physical clown, who idolised Buster Keaton. In moving to Hollywood, he hoped to emulate Keaton, but the Hollywood system quickly withdrew its support when they couldn't contain his talents.

Featuring a cast of close friends including John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sir David Frost, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Dom DeLuise (and parrot), Larry Gelbart (who produced a series for US television for Marty) and the great director Barry Levinson, who was one of his writers.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 13 Aug 2011 18:00

Credits

Role Contributor
ParticipantMichael Palin
ParticipantDavid Frost
ParticipantTim Brooke-Taylor
ParticipantBarry Levinson
ParticipantJohn Cleese
ParticipantBarry Levinson
ProducerJeff Simpson
DirectorJeff Simpson
Executive ProducerCaroline Wright
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