ALAN STAFFORD – COMEDY WRITER


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Several are based on new research.  I recorded many of the interviews with the contributors – and on every programme I wrote the presenter’s linking script.

MOCKERY WITH MONOCLES: THE WESTERN BROTHERS REVEALED (BBC Radio 4)

Early musical satirists Kenneth and George Western.  Presenter: Geoffrey Palmer.   Producer: Stephen Garner.  Contributors include Barry Humphries, Kit Hesketh Harvey and the daughters of Kenneth and George. First broadcast 22nd November 2012.  Further details http://www.bbc.co.uk/

WILSON, KEPPEL AND SEVERAL BETTYS (BBC Radio 4)

The Liverpudlian, the Irishman and the American who sand-danced to stardom.  Presenter: Barbara Windsor.  Producer Stephen Garner.  First broadcast 17th November 2011.  Still available on Listen Again http://www.bbc.co.uk/ Full transcript on http://www.jannaludlow.co.uk/

JOAN TURNER: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE WACKY WARBLER (BBC Radio 4)

The operatic comedian who became a Las Vegas bag lady.  Presenter: Lesley Garrett.  Producer: Stephen Garner.  First broadcast 16th December 2010.

TOM, MICHAEL AND GEORGE (BBC Radio 4)

How the movie Peeping Tom damaged the reputation of director Michael Powell, and boosted the career of glamour photographer George Harrison Marks.  Presenter: Toby Jones.  Producer: Stephen Garner.  First broadcast  2nd November 2010.

THOROUGHLY MODEST MOLLIE (BBC Radio 4)

The Salvation Army officer who became Kenneth Horne's ghostwriter.  Presenter:  Bernard Cribbins.  Studio guests: Bill Pertwee, Jonathan Rigby.  Producer: Stephen Garner.  First broadcast 18th September 2008.

ABSENT FRIENDS - SERIES 2 (BBC Radio 4)

Writer/deviser of second 3-part comedy documentary series about unseen characters in comedy shows, first broadcast in March 2007 and repeated in July-August.  Presenter: Tony Hawks.  Producer: Angela Sherwin.  1: Children and Animals   2: A World Of Their Own   3: Odd People, Odd Places.

SOUND THE HORNE (BBC Radio 4)

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Kenneth Horne.   Presenter:  Jimmy Carr.  Producer: Stephen Garner.  First broadcast  25th February 2007.

MR MURGATROYD & MR WINTERBOTTOM (BBC Radio 4)

Innovative 1930s comedy double-act, formed by Tommy Handley and Ronald Frankau. Presenter: Nicholas Frankau.  Producer: Angela Sherwin.  First broadcast November 2006.

EITHER TOO YOUNG OR TOO OLD (BBC Radio 4)

2-part comedy documentary series about character comics who specialise in playing children or old people. First broadcast in August 2006 and repeated in December.  Presenter: Morwenna Banks.  Producer: Angela Sherwin.  1: Acting Like Kids  2: Old Before Their Time.

COMEDY PLAYHOUSE (BBC Radio 4)

The long-running TV series that spawned many classic sitcoms. First broadcast November 2005, repeated in October 2006.  Presenter: Tim Brooke-Taylor.  Producer: Stephen Garner.  1: Rags, Bones, Bishops and Silly Moos.  2: Carla, Clegg and Inside Legs.

ABSENT FRIENDS (BBC Radio 4)

Writer/deviser of 4-part series about unseen characters in comedy shows, first broadcast in May-June 2005 and repeated in June 2006. Presenter: Tony Hawks.  Producer: Angela Sherwin.  1: Housewives and Honeys  2: Losers and Dead Losses  3: Bosses and Bossy-Boots   4: Scribes, Scribblers and Telephone Callers.