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50 Years of BBC Two Comedy

A celebration of 50 years of comedy on BBC Two, from The Likely Lads and Not Only... But Also in its first year in 1964, up to W1A and Rev. today.

As part of BBC Two's 50th birthday celebrations, the channel has a two-hour comedy extravaganza lined up. Featuring some of the greatest names in comedy, this packed programme showcases the channel's remarkable output over the last 50 years. From The Likely Lads and Not Only... But Also in its first year in 1964, up to W1A and Rev. today, this is a romp through the best bits of BBC Two.

The show celebrates the variety and breadth of comedy shown on the channel. From innovative and edgy shows by Spike Milligan and The League of Gentlemen, through to some of the most-loved classics such as The Office, Miranda and Fawlty Towers.

There are some of the funniest moments from the funniest shows, and contributions from those talented men and women who have given immeasurable laughter over the last five decades.

Contributors include: Ricky Gervais, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Alan Alda, Vic and Bob, Rebecca Front, Alexi Sayle, Mitchell and Webb, The Goodies, Catherine Tate, Bill Bailey, Ian Hislop, Sarah Millican, Dara O Briain, James Corden, Rob Brydon, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Armando Iannucci, Prunella Scales, Charlie Brooker, Paul Whitehouse, The League of Gentlemen and many more.

2 hours

Last on

Mon 26 May 2014 23:05

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Role Contributor
Narrator Joanna Lumley
Producer Sean Doherty
Director Sean Doherty
Executive Producer Saurabh Kakkar
Participant Ricky Gervais
Participant Eric Idle
Participant Michael Palin
Participant Terry Jones
Participant Alan Alda
Participant Vic Reeves
Participant Bob Mortimer
Participant Rebecca Front
Participant Alexei Sayle
Participant David Mitchell
Participant Robert Webb
Participant Catherine Tate
Participant Bill Bailey
Participant Ian Hislop
Participant Sarah Millican
Participant Dara O Briain
Participant James Corden
Participant Sanjeev Bhaskar
Participant Armando Iannucci
Participant Prunella Scales
Participant Charlie Brooker
Participant Paul Whitehouse
Participant Tim Brooke-Taylor
Participant Graeme Garden
Participant Bill Oddie
Participant Jeremy Dyson
Participant Mark Gatiss
Participant Steve Pemberton
Participant Reece Shearsmith


  • Sat 24 May 2014 21:30
  • Mon 26 May 2014 23:05

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