Heroes of Comedy

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Heroes of Comedy is a British television series, produced by Thames Television, and broadcast on Channel 4, which devotes each episode to a legend of British comedy. It was produced by John Fisher. Beginning in 1995, it followed a 2½ hour more general programme from 1992.

Episodes[edit]

Series one[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
Pilot
Frankie Howerd
1 January 1995
1
Tommy Cooper
13 October 1995
2
Joyce Grenfell
20 October 1995
3
Max Miller*
27 October 1995
4
Arthur Haynes
3 November 1995
5
Terry-Thomas
17 November 1995

Series two[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
1
Les Dawson
16 April 1997
2
Kenny Everett
23 April 1997
3
Alastair Sim
30 April 1997
4
The Goons*
7 May 1997
  • The first group subject and the first where, two of the performers covered (Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe) were alive at the time of broadcast.

Series three[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
1
Benny Hill
12 January 1998
2
Peter Cook
19 January 1998
3
Arthur Askey
26 January 1998
4
Tony Hancock
2 February 1998

This series examined dead performers.

Series four[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
1
Norman Wisdom
25 September 1999
2
Ken Dodd
2 October 1999
3
Eric Sykes
9 October 1999
4
Thora Hird
16 October 1999
5
Barry Humphries
30 October 1999

All subjects in this series were living at the time of broadcast.

Series five[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
1
Kenneth Williams
7 October 2000
2
Bernard Manning
11 November 2000
3
Ronnie Barker
28 December 2000
4
Leonard Rossiter
27 December 2001

This series examined living and dead performers.

Series six[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
1
Mike Yarwood
16 February 2002
2
Sid James
23 February 2002
3
Spike Milligan*
2 March 2002
4
Hattie Jacques
9 March 2002
5
Ronnie Corbett
16 March 2002
6
Dick Emery
13 April 2002
  • Previously covered as part of the Goons episode.

Series seven[edit]

Episode number Subject Original air date
1
Max Wall
2 January 2003

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