TV: TRIBUTES and CELEBRATIONS

The following is a listing of television series featuring documentaries about comedy performers and shows. (Many of these also profiled dramatic actors, musical artists and others not relevant to this website).

THE BEST OF BRITISH (BBC1)
November 4 1998       Barbara Windsor
November 11 1998     Victoria Wood
October 29 1999         Maureen Lipman
November 5 1999       Ben Elton

BIOGRAPHY (A & E)
August 8 1994            W.C. Fields – Behind the Laughter
? ? 1994                       Jack Benny – Now Cut That Out!
December 23 1994      Stooges – The Men Behind the Mayhem
? ? 1995                       To John, with Love – a Tribute to John Candy
? ? 1995                       Mary Tyler Moore – All American Girl
December 25 1995      Charles Schulz – A Charlie Brown Life
March 12 1996            Richard Pryor – Comic on the Edge
May 6 1996                 Bud Abbott & Lou Costello – Abbott & Costello Meet Biography
May 28 1996               Carol Burnett – Just to Have a Laugh
September 5 1996       Danny Thomas – Make Room for Danny
? ? 1997                       Fatty Arbuckle – Betrayed by Hollywood
September 1 1997       Andy Griffith – Hollywood’s Homespun Hero
September 2 1997       Alan Alda – More Than Mr. Nice Guy
January 4 1998            Bob Hope – America’s Entertainer
June 23 1998               Ernie Kovacs – Please Stand By
September 27 1999     Tim Conway – Just Clowning Around
October 9 1999           Martha Raye – In Love and War
October 19 1999         Fred Gwynne – More Than a Munster
? ? 2000                       Andy Kaufman
? ? 2000                       Dick Van Dyke – Put on a Happy Face
April 12 2000              George Carlin – More than 7 Words
May 26 2000               Leslie Nielsen – Naked Laughter
June 19 2000               Henry Winkler – Hollywood’s Coolest Character
November 10 2000     Redd Foxx – Say it Like it is
November 30 2000     Al Lewis – Forever Grandpa
January 7 2001            Bob Newhart – The Last Sane Man
September 23 2001     Jackie Gleason – The Great One
October 22 2001         Ben Stiller
October 28 2001         A Munster Halloween
January 7 2002            Laugh Out Loud – TV’s 15 Greatest Comedians
June 3 2002                 The Mary Tyler Moore Show – Making It After All
July 1 2002                  The Wonder Years – Comedy Coming of Age
July 26 2002               Gracie Allen – The Better Half
August 6 2002            Martin Lawrence – Comic Trip
May 15 2003               Sir Alec Guinness – A Class Act
July 1 2003                  Bernie Mac – TV’s Family Man
July 8 2003                  The Munsters – America’s First Family of Fright
July 10 2003                M*A*S*H – Television’s Serious Sitcom
July 15 2003                Betty White – Hollywood’s Golden Girl
July 23 2003                Will Smith – Hollywood’s Fresh Prince
January 29 2004        Cheers
August 29 2004          Blake Edwards – Calling the Shots
September 29 2004   Don Adams – Would You Believe?
October 4 2004           Buster Keaton
October 10 2004         Will Rogers – An American Original
May 5 2005                 Laverne & Shirley
May 13 2005               Ray Romano
June 24 2005               The Brady Bunch
February 3 2006        Steve Martin
July 7 2006                  Robin Williams
July 31 2006                Dave Chappelle
November 15 2006     Bill Cosby
November 22 2006     Bea Arthur
? ? 2007                       Denis Leary
? ? 2008                       Sam Kinison
March 19 2008            Jamie Foxx
July 9 2008                  Eddie Murphy
December 13 2008      Rowan Atkinson
March 23 2009            Weird Al Yankovic
June 25 2009               Chevy Chase
June ? 2009                 The Tragic Side of Comedy
August 11 2009          Three’s Company
September 17 2009   David Letterman
? ? 2009                       Diff’rent Strokes
? ? 2009                       Rosanne
January ? 2010          John Candy
June 15 2010              Ed O’Neill
July ? 2010                 Married with Children
July 21 2010              Rosie O’Donnell
September 1 2010     Danny DeVito
October 13 2010        Jim Carrey
November 2 2010     Ellen DeGeneres
also the following undated profiles …
Milton Berle: Mr. Television
George Burns
Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy
Whoopi Goldberg
Larry the Cable Guy
Oscar Levant: The Brilliant Shadow
Jerry Lewis
Gilda Radner: In Her Own Words
Saturday Night Live
Jerry Seinfeld: Master of His Domain
Phil Silvers: Top Banana

COMEDY CONNECTIONS (BBC1)
June 9 2003                 Porridge
June 16 2003               The Good Life
June 23 2003               Are You Being Served
June 30 2003               Men Behaving Badly
July 7 2003                  Butterflies
July 14 2003                Only Fools And Horses
June 21 2004               The Goodies
June 28 2004               Birds Of A Feather
July 12 2004                Father Ted
July 19 2004                The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
July 26 2004                Keeping Up Appearances
August 2 2004             The Young Ones
August 9 2004             Hi-De-Hi
August 30 2004          Red Dwarf
February 21 2005        Monty Python’s Flying Circus
February 28 2005        Spitting Image
March 7 2005              Three Of A Kind
March 14 2005            Harry Enfield And Chums
March 21 2005            Goodness Gracious Me
March 28 2005            Not The Nine O’Clock News
April 4 2005                A Bit Of Fry And Laurie
April 11 2005              The Two Ronnies
March 6 2006              Fast Show
March 13 2006            Dinner Ladies
March 20 2006            Drop The Dead Donkey
April 3 2006                Shooting Stars
April 10 2006              To The Manor Born
April 24 2006              ‘Allo ‘Allo!
May 1 2006                 That Was The Week That Was
May 8 2006                 Ever Decreasing Circles
January 12 2007          One Foot In The Grave
January 19 2007          Bread
January 26 2007          It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
February 2 2007          The New Statesman
February 9 2007          Don’t Wait Up
February 16 2007        The Office
February 23 2007        Just Good Friends
March 2 2007              Alas Smith And Jones
July 18 2008                Till Death Us Do Part
July 25 2008                Yes Minister
August 1 2008            The Liver Birds
August 8 2008            Ripping Yarns
August 15 2008          Rab C. Nesbitt
August 22 2008          Sorry
August 29 2008          Dad’s Army
September 4 2008       Little Britain

COMEDY CLASSICS (ITV1)
September 9 2008       On the Buses
September 23 2008     Rising Damp
October 7 2008           Doctor in the House
October 14 2008         Brass
November 18 2008      Duty Free
December 2 2008        The New Statesman

FIRST ON FOUR (CH4)
March 11 1998            Harry Enfield
March 18 1998            Julian Clary
March 25 1998            Ruby Wax
April 1 1998                Saturday Live (60 min)
April 8 1998                The Comic Strip (part 1)
April 15 1998              The Comic Strip (part 2)

FUNNY WOMEN (BBC2)
October 4 1997           Beryl Reid
October 11 1997         June Whitfield
October 18 1997         Maureen Lipman
November 1 1997       Alison Steadman
June 24 1998               Prunella Scales
July 1 1998                  Patricia Routledge
August 17 1999          Mollie Sugden

HEROES OF COMEDY (CH4)
December 31 1992      2½ hour pilot edition
January 1 1995            Frankie Howerd
October 13 1995         Tommy Cooper
October 20 1995         Joyce Grenfell
October 27 1995         Max Miller
November 3 1995       Arthur Haynes
November 17 1995     Terry-Thomas
April 16 1997              Les Dawson
April 23 1997              Kenny Everett
April 30 1997              Alastair Sim
May 7 1997                 The Goons
January 12 1998          Benny Hill
January 19 1998          Peter Cook
January 26 1998          Arthur Askey
February 2 1998          Tony Hancock
September 25 1999     Norman Wisdom
October 2 1999           Ken Dodd
October 9 1999           Eric Sykes
October 16 1999         Thora Hird
October 30 1999         Barry Humphries
October 7 2000           Kenneth Williams
November 11 2000     Bernard Manning
December 28 2000      Ronnie Barker
December 27 2001      Leonard Rossiter
February 16 1002        Mike Yarwood
February 23 2002        Sid James
March 2 2002              Spike Milligan
March 9 2002              Hattie Jacques
March 16 2002            Ronnie Corbett
April 13 2002              Dick Emery
January 2 2003(afternoon)  Max Wall
 (Sid Field and Stanley Holloway have also been attributed to programmes that aired in November 1995, but this is not believed to be correct)

HOLLYWOOD GREATS (BBC)
August 10 1979          Groucho Marx
August 17 1979          Charles Chaplin
April 11 2006              Jack Lemmon

LEGENDS (ITV)
July 12 2000                Dudley Moore
August 9 2000             Frankie Howerd
August 17 2000          Kenneth Williams
August 30 2000          Sir Norman Wisdom
July 31 2001                 Hattie Jacques
August 14 2001           Sir Alec Guinness
August 20 2002          Peter Cook
August 27 2002          Leslie Phillips
September 10 2002   Terry-Thomas
September 17 2002   Peter Sellers

LIFE BEYOND THE BOX (BBC2)
December 26 2003      Norman Stanley Fletcher (from Porridge)
December 31 2003      Margo Leadbetter (from The Good Life)

A LIFE ON THE BOX (BBC1)
August 20 1998          Dick Emery
August 21 1998          Kenneth Williams
February 21 1999      Arthur Lowe

LIVING FAMOUSLY (BBC2)
January 15 2003          Laurel & Hardy
January 21 2003          Mae West
February 10 2003        Benny Hill
February 19 2003        Peter Sellers

THE MANY FACES OF … (BBC2)
December 29 2009      June Whitfield
December 19 2010      Richard Wilson
December 24 2010      Alison Steadman
December 24 2011      Les Dawson
December 24 2012      Ronnie Barker
January 5 2013           Stanley Baxter
April 6 2013                  Sid James
April 20 2013               Michael Crawford
May 11 2013                 Robbie Coltrane
January 27 2014           Dick Emery
January 1 2016            Ronnie Corbett

MY HERO (BBC1)
March 29 2013          Miranda Hart on Eric Morecambe
May 26 2013              Hugh Dennis on Ronnie Barker
August 27 2013          Ben Miller on Tony Hancock

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW (ITV)
March 11 1978            Ken Dodd
April 8 1978                 Carry On films
December 10 1978    Woody Allen
May 13 1979                 Billy Connolly
November 6 1983       Jack Lemmon
October 7 1984           Alan Bennett
November 25 1984   Max Wall
October 6 1985           Sir Alec Guinness
October 27 1985        Theatre of Comedy Workshop
January 12 1986        John Cleese
March 6 1988              Lenny Henry
March 5 1989               Ben Elton
November 19 1989    Dame Edna Everage
December 9 1990       Spitting Image
January 6 1991            Stan Laurel
February 24 1991        Steve Martin
September 15 1991     Private Eye
October 6 1991           Terry Gilliam
October 13 1991         Neil Simon
January 5 1992            Douglas Adams
January 12 1992          Lenny Henry Hunts the Funk
March 1 1992              Noel Coward
October 4 1992           Billy Connolly
November 8 1992       George Formby
June 13 1993               Dudley Moore
August 22 1993          Norman Wisdom
November 28 1993     John Lloyd’s A-Z of Comedy (part 1)
December 5 1993        John Lloyd’s A-Z of Comedy (part 2)
January 16 1994          Woody Allen
February 20 1994        Danny Kaye: Nobody’s Fool
April 17 1994                Dawn French
September 18 1994     Kenneth Williams
November 13 1994     Thora Hird
February 12 1995        Jonathan Miller
September 15 1996     Victoria Wood
September 29 1996     Michael Crawford
September 26 1999     Paul Merton
October 1 2000           Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton
August 5 2001              Steve Coogan
March 24 2002            Meera Syal
November 24 2002     Joan Rivers
January 1 2005            Pete ‘n’ Dud: the Lost Shows
September 18 2005     Eric Sykes
October 9 2005           Alan Bennett
December 25 2005      Little Britain
September 24 2006     Robbie Coltrane
October 15 2006         Spamalot
March 11 2007            Victoria Wood
July 29 2007                June Whitfield
October 14 2007         The Last Laugh: John Bird and John Fortune
October 5 2008           The One Ronnie (Corbett)
February 1 2009          Beyond the Footlights
April 4 2010                Billy Connolly Revisited

THE UNFORGETTABLE … (ITV)
January 21 2000          Hattie Jacques
March 15 2000            Richard Beckinsale
March 19 2000            Larry Grayson
March 31 2000            Kenny Everett
September 18 2000     Arthur Lowe
September 25 2000     Leonard Rossiter
December 4 2000        Sid James
December 11 2000      Les Dawson
December 18 2000      Frankie Howerd
December 31 2000      Beryl Reid
September 2 2001       Tommy Cooper
September 9 2001       John Le Mesurier
September 23 2001     Kenneth Williams
October 3 2001             Yootha Joyce
November 2 2001       Eric Morecambe
December 14 2001      Benny Hill
May 21 2002                 Joan Sims
August 8 2010               Bob Monkhouse
August 15 2010            Jeremy Beadle
September 8 2010       Mollie Sugden
September 22 2010     Terry Scott
December 20 2010      Harry Secombe
December 21 2010      Danny La Rue
December 22 2010      Mike Reid
December 23 2010      Spike Milligan
November 8 2011       Norman Wisdom
December 26 2011      Ernie Wise
January 11 2012          Leslie Crowther
February 1 2012          Rod Hull
April 11 2012                Dick Emery
May 23 2012                 Dudley Moore

 

There were also series of compilations from chat show interviews.

THE INTERVIEWS (Gold)
24th June 2015            Kenneth Williams
1st July 2015                The Two Ronnies
8th July 2015                Les Dawson
22nd July 2015             Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
29th July 2015              Spike Milligan
March 16 2016            Peter Sellers
March 23 2016            Barry Humphries
March 30 2016            Frankie Howerd
April 6 2016                 Julie Walters
April 13 2016               Bruce Forsyth
April 20 2016               Kenny Everett

TALKING COMEDY (BBC2)
April 3 2015                 Bob Hope
April 3 2015                 Peter Sellers
April 6  2015                Les Dawson
April 6 2015                 The Two Ronnies

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