Always The Bridesmaid

A series looking at comic actresses we all remember and love, but who never took centre stage.

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
20140930

Classical soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott is used to standing centre stage as a soloist, but has never sung backing vocals live. She explores the world of the backing vocalist and asks is it a case of constantly being frustrated - always the bridesmaid and never the bride? She talks to singer songwriter Eddi Reader about her move from backing singer with Gang of Four and the Eurythmics to lead singer of Fairground Attraction and then solo artist. Eddi invites her to sing live in concert as a backing vocalist - how will Catherine cope outside her comfort zone? Catherine speaks to Annie Skates who is a backing vocalist to major stars, and to singers from the Chorus of Opera North about another type of backing vocalist - being a member of an opera chorus. And with the help of arranger and producer Steve Pycroft she tries her hand at recording backing vocals to a song where she sings the main vocal line.

With contributions from Eddi Reader, Steve Pycroft, Annie Skates, Edward Thornton, Sarah Estill and Paul Rendall.

2014093020141004 (R4)

Classical soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott is used to standing centre stage as a soloist, but has never sung backing vocals live. She explores the world of the backing vocalist and asks is it a case of constantly being frustrated - always the bridesmaid and never the bride? She talks to singer songwriter Eddi Reader about her move from backing singer with Gang of Four and the Eurythmics to lead singer of Fairground Attraction and then solo artist. Eddi invites her to sing live in concert as a backing vocalist - how will Catherine cope outside her comfort zone? Catherine speaks to Annie Skates who is a backing vocalist to major stars, and to singers from the Chorus of Opera North about another type of backing vocalist - being a member of an opera chorus. And with the help of arranger and producer Steve Pycroft she tries her hand at recording backing vocals to a song where she sings the main vocal line.

With contributions from Eddi Reader, Steve Pycroft, Annie Skates, Edward Thornton, Sarah Estill and Paul Rendall.

01Joan Sims2004062220050619

This week presenter Janet Ellis explores Joan Sims' life and work, and talks to her friends and colleagues including Liz Fraser, Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield.

02 LASTPat Coombs2004062920050626

Today she explores the work of Pat Coombs and talks to her friends and colleagues including Roy Hudd, Leslie Joseph and Reg Varney.