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Marty Feldman - Six Degrees of Separation

Profile of Marty Feldman, one of the forgotten greats of British comedy, who was a success on both radio and later TV, where he worked alongside the Pythons on The Frost Report.

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

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Credits

Role Contributor
Participant Michael Palin
Participant Michael Palin
Participant David Frost
Participant David Frost
Participant Tim Brooke-Taylor
Participant Tim Brooke-Taylor
Participant Barry Levinson
Participant Barry Levinson
Participant John Cleese
Participant John Cleese
Participant Dom DeLuise
Participant Larry Gelbart
Participant Barry Levinson
Participant Barry Levinson
Producer Jeff Simpson
Producer Jeff Simpson
Director Jeff Simpson
Director Jeff Simpson
Executive Producer Caroline Wright
Executive Producer Caroline Wright

Broadcasts

  • Mon 31 Mar 2008 21:00
  • Mon 31 Mar 2008 23:30
  • Tue 1 Apr 2008 02:30
  • Mon 7 Apr 2008 00:05
  • Mon 7 Apr 2008 03:05
  • Wed 9 Jul 2008 23:20
  • Wed 9 Jul 2008 23:50
  • Sun 10 Aug 2008 23:00
  • Mon 11 Aug 2008 01:30
  • Sat 13 Aug 2011 18:00