Al Murray

Al Murray

Murray's grandfather Sir Ralph Murray was a diplomat, working at the Political< Warfare Establishment propaganda unit. And his great-great-great-grandfather was William Makepeace Thackeray.

Al wread modern history at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he started performing comedy.

His break came in 1994, when he was invited compere in Harry Hill's Edinburgh show Pub Internationale, and created the pub landlord character.

Nominated for the Perrier more often than anyone else, Murray was ruled out the running in 1999 for being 'too popular', until organisers relented. He was also nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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Al Murray to star in Vanity Fair adaptaion

As his own great-great-great grandfather, William Makepeace Thackeray

Al Murray is to star in a new adaptation of Vanity Fair – playing his great-great-great grandfather William Makepeace Thackeray.

The comic will be the narrator of the classic novel, written by his ancestor, ina three-part Radio 4 series.

Murray, best known for his Pub Landlord alter-ego, has also contributed new material to this reworking of the Victorian satire.

He said: ‘Thackeray’s masterpiece Vanity Fair skewers class, celebrity, society and of course snobbery, so perfectly that he could have written it yesterday. 

‘With an all-seeing and not entirely reliable narrator, it feels as fresh and contemporary as anything styling itself as post-modern. The novel without a hero rides again!’

Radio 4’s commissioning editor for drama and fiction, Alison Hindell added:  ‘It is exciting to embrace the talents of Al Murray for this adaptation… We’re sure that Thackeray would appreciate his great-great-great grandson’s creative contribution to this production."

This forthcoming version has been dramatised by comedy writer and TV producer Jim Poyser,

Further casting information will be announced soon, and the drama airs on May 26 and June 2 and 9. 

Murray is currently hosting Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz on Quest.

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Published: 19 Mar 2019

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