Well connected

BBC's new comedy documentaries

The BBC is to air another series of Comedy Connections next month.

The series will trace the history of the writers and performers behind Monty Python’s  Flying Circus, Spitting Image, Three Of A Kind, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, Goodness Gracious Me, Not The Nine O’Clock News, A Bit Of Fry And Laurie and The Two Ronnies.

New interviews with many of the comics who made the shows are featured, and among the revelations are:

  • That before Three Of A Kind there was an unaired pilot called Six Of A Kind featuring Don Mclean, Karen Kay, Pearly Gates and Leah Bell alongside Lenny Henry and David Copperfield, but no Tracey Ullman
  • A clip from Harry Enfield's first TV appearance as half of comedy duo Dusty and Dick
  • That an episode of Not The Nine O’Clock News was never aired because of sensitivities surrounding the 1979 general election

No transmission date has yet been set, but it is expected to air in late February.

Published: 16 Jan 2005

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