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Duration: 1 hour

Many of Britain's biggest comedy stars cut their teeth on sketch shows and many of our most loved comedy series began as sketches.

Sir David Frost traces the development of the sketch show over the last fifty years - from the variety theatre to peak-time television, from Arthur Haynes to Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies, from Monty Python to Not the Nine o'Clock News and Catherine Tate.

He is joined by TV comedy greats including Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Fry and Michael Palin as they look back on the highs and lows of their own sketch show experiences. And together with comedy veterans Michael Grade and Richard Curtis they ask if, in an age dominated by stand-up and sitcoms, the sketch show can continue to flourish and survive.

Last on

Thu 29 May 2014 00:35 BBC Four


David Frost
Executive Producer
Trevor Poots
Andrew Fettis


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