Radio 2 salutes the women of comedy

Barbara Windsor fronts new series

Barbara Windsor is to pay tribute to celebrated female comedians in a six-part Radio 2 series.

The run will be split into two halves: three programmes called Barbara Windsor’s Funny Girls honouring British stars Hattie Jacques, Hylda Baker and Beryl Reid; then three called Barbara Windsor’s Funny Gals on Americans Lucille Ball, Phyllis Diller and Annie Get Your Gun star Betty Hutton.

Diller, who turns 94 during the run of shows, is the only one of the six still alive.

The shows follow Radio 2’s similar biographies of male comics such as Dick Emery, Dave Allen and Stanley Baxter.

The first of the hour-long shows, about Hylda Baker, airs at 10pm on July 5.

Published: 17 Jun 2011

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