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1 :01x01 - The Double Acts

Jul/22/2006
Great duos have been an integral part of mass popular culture for decades, but why do the public love them so much? And why have so many successful double acts ended up hating each other?
Guest Stars: Bobby Ball as Himself | Tommy Cannon as Himself | Mike Winters as Himself | David Baddiel as Himself | Vic Reeves as Himself | Eddie Large as Himself | Syd Little as Himself

2 :01x02 - All Round Entertainers

Jul/29/2006
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3 :01x03 - Radio Stars

Aug/05/2006
Looking at the impact that radio starts had on both their own medium and television. Why does radio still appeal to TV stars such as Jonathan Ross, Michael Parkinson, Ricky Gervais and Terry Wogan? Also examining how rock 'n' roll and pirate radio led to the birth of Radio 1, the celebrity DJ and egomania. Plus how radio has constantly fed television with new formats and fresh shows.
Guest Stars: Emperor Rosko as Himself | Mark Radcliffe as Himself | Annie Nightingale as Herself | Simon Dee as Himself | David Jacobs (2) as Himself | Simon Mayo as Himself | Clive James as Himself | Dave Lee Travis as Himself | Mike Smith (2) as Himself | Tony Blackburn as Himself | Johnnie Walker as Himself | Jimmy Savile as Himself | Eric Sykes as Himself | Terry Wogan as Himself | Christian O'Connell as Himself | Barry Cryer as Himself | David Jensen (1) as Himself | Ed Stewart as Himself
Director: Elaine Shepherd

4 :01x04 - The Comics

Aug/12/2006
Charting the rise of comedy as an entertainment form, from its days at the foot of the billing in Edwardian music halls to the growth of the sitcom and the fame now enjoyed by some successful acts. The programme examines the influential role of northern working men's clubs and how alternative comedy fought racism and sexism in the 1980s. Moving up to the present day, there's a look at the huge success of shows such as The Office and Little Britain that has brought celebrity status to its performers.
Guest Stars: Victoria Wood as Herself | Bruce Forsyth as Himself | David Baddiel as Himself | Roy 'Chubby' Brown (1) as Himself

5 :01x05 - Pop and Easy Listening

Aug/19/2006
Exploring the relationship between music and light entertainment. Before the advent of youth culture, music had always been at the heart of variety, but when pop arrived on the scene television's reactionary response was to feed viewers a diet of Val Doonican and Engelbert Humperdinck. Even Top of the Pops was predicted to be a flash in the pan, but by the 1970s pop stars such as Cilla Black and Cliff Richard were hosting their own Saturday night shows. Punk put paid to all that, and it has taken over two decades for music to find its way back into the heart of light entertainment.
Guest Stars: The Vernons Girls as Themselves | Nana Mouskouri as Herself | Cilla Black as Herself | Cliff Richard as Himself | Engelbert Humperdinck as Himself | Simon Cowell as Himself | Pete Waterman (1) as Himself | Nigel Lythgoe as Himself | Marty Wilde as Himself

6 :01x06 - Episode 6

Aug/26/2006
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7 :01x07 - Chat Shows

Sep/02/2006
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Guest Stars: Sally Jessy Raphael as Herself | Graham Norton as Himself | Joan Rivers as Herself | Clive Anderson as Himself | Clive James as Himself | Michael Parkinson as Himself | Terry Wogan as Himself | David Frost as Himself | David Butcher as Himself

8 :01x08 - Variety

Sep/09/2006
A look at the role of the variety genre. In the early days of television, shows such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium were particularly popular. After a hiatus in the mid-1980s, the format is now as prevalent as ever with programmes such as The X-Factor and Pop Idol leading the way alongside the likes of David Blaine and Derren Brown. Interviewees include Simon Cowell, Paul Daniels, Kermit the Frog and Bruce Forsyth.
Warning: The Story of Light Entertainment guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Documentary
Genre: Comedy | Family
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC TWO ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Saturdays at 09:25 pm
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Premiere: July, 2006
Ended: September, 2006
Episode Order: 8
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