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Lucille Ball

Following her celebration of British comediennes, Barbara Windsor returns to celebrate three funny icons from across the pond, beginning with Lucille Ball. She pays tribute to Lucy - not just as a great performer, but as a woman who rose to be a powerful television studio boss.

At 19 Lucille was sent home from drama school because they said she had no talent. It was typical of her that she then found her way to Hollywood, played in scores of movies, before taking a starring role in an early radio sitcom which became I Love Lucy - and one of the most popular television programmes of all time.

The programme travels to Jamestown, New York, where Lucy was born, and where Lucyfest celebrated what would have been her 100th birthday. It's packed with clips, recollections, and music from her first husband and co-star Desi. We also hear from Lynda Bellingham and Ruby Wax, two fans who owe a debt to Lucille Ball.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 4 Oct 2011 22:00