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Duration: 59 minutes

Slapstick comedy special narrated by Miranda Hart, charting the highs and lows of physical comedy and examining the audience's love of visual humour. Featuring pies and pratfalls from over a century of comedy and entertainment programming including Monty Python, Charlie Chaplin, Morecambe and Wise and even Hole in the Wall.

From the craft of the Buster Keaton classics to the cartoon antics of The Goodies and the absurdly violent anarchy of Bottom, the genre has shifted through silent films, surrealism, sketch and sitcom, and today even filtered in to Saturday night family entertainment.

Featuring analysis from great physical gag practitioners including Vic Reeves, Mathew Horne, Reece Shearsmith, Ben Miller and Sally Phillips. A festive treat that features physical comedy both classic and contemporary, including the inappropriate manhandling of Manuel from Fawlty Towers, the roller-skating Frank Spencer epic from Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em and more funny physical pain than you can fling a frying pan at!

Last on

Sun 25 May 2014 01:15 BBC Two except Wales

  • Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin was renowned for his superb slapstick comedy skills.

  • Bottom


    Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson play the disturbing characters Richie and Eddie in the award winning sitcom Bottom. This show was famous for its crude slapstick comedy.

  • Morecambe and Wise

    Morecambe and Wise

    One of the most successful comedy double acts of all time, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, always used visual comedy in their act.


Miranda Hart
Breid McLoone
Breid McLoone
Executive Producer
Gavin Smith


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