Boswell's Lives

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0101Boswell's Life Of Freud2015022520170317 (BBC7)
20170318 (BBC7)
20170312 (R4)

by Jon Canter

Comedy as James Boswell Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he attempts to write a biography of Sigmund Freud but finds it is Freud who is asking all the questions.

Directed by Sally Avens

Other celebrities that have their lives penned by James Boswell will include - Maria Callas (Arabella Weir), Harold Pinter (Harry Enfield) and Boris Johnson (Alistair McGowan).

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He recently penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.

Miles Jupp is an actor and stand up. He is best known for playing Nigel in the series 'Rev' and is a regular contributor to R4 panel games and 'Have I Got News For You' on BBC1. In March he will open in a new play at the National Theatre: 'Rules For Living'.

Henry Goodman has recently been seen as Sir Humphrey Appleby in the stage version of Yes Minister and Arturo Ui. Films include 'The Damned United', The Life and Death of Peter Sellars' and 'Notting Hill'.

Boswell attempts to write a biography of Sigmund Freud, but Freud asks all the questions.

0102Boswell's Life Of Callas2015030420170324 (BBC7)
20170325 (BBC7)
20170319 (R4)

by Jon Canter

Comedy as James Boswell Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he meets Maria Callas and her poodle and finds himself in an opera of his own making.

Directed by Sally Avens

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He recently penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.

Miles Jupp is an actor and stand up. He is best known for playing Nigel in the series 'Rev' and is a regular contributor to R4 panel games and 'Have I Got News For You' on BBC1. In March he will open in a new play at the National Theatre: 'Rules For Living'.

Arabella Weir is best known for her roles in The Fast Show and Posh Nosh (written with Jon Canter) and for writing several books including the international best seller Does My Bum Look Big in This?

Boswell meets Maria Callas and her poodle and finds himself in an opera of his own making.

0103Boswell's Life Of Pinter2015031120170331 (BBC7)
20170401 (BBC7)

Boswell meets playwright Harold Pinter but finds himself the victim of a betrayal.

0103 LASTBoswell's Life Of Pinter2015031120170331 (BBC7)
20170401 (BBC7)
20170326 (R4)

by Jon Canter

Comedy as James Boswell Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he attempts to write the biography of Pinter but finds himself the victim of a betrayal.

James Boswell - Miles Jupp

Harold Pinter - Harry Enfield

Directed by Sally Avens

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He recently penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.

Miles Jupp is an actor and stand up. He is best known for playing Nigel in the series 'Rev' and is a regular contributor to R4 panel games and 'Have I Got News For You' on BBC1. In March he will open in a new play at the National Theatre: 'Rules For Living'.

Harry Enfield is a Bafta award winning performer, writer and director. He starred with Paul Whitehouse in Harry and Paul's Story of the Two's last year winnng a British Comedy Award for best sketch show.

Miles Jupp is an actor and stand up. Miles Jupp is an actor and stand up. He is best known for hosting The News Quiz on Radio 4.

Boswell meets playwright Harold Pinter but finds himself the victim of a betrayal.

01SPECIALBoswell's Life Of Johnson2015051720150522 (BBC7)
20150523 (BBC7)

by Jon Canter

Comedy as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer, pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he attempts to write a biography of another famous Johnson - Boris - but finds him a fiendish opponent especially on the whiff-whaff table.

Directed by Sally Avens

Following on from the series that saw other celebrities including Sigmund Freud, Maria Callas and Harold Pinter have their lives penned by James Boswell - a one off special - that sees another Johnson, Boris no less, become the subject of Boswell's musings.

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He recently penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.

Miles Jupp is an actor and stand up. He is best known for playing Nigel in the series 'Rev' and is a regular contributor to R4 panel games and 'Have I Got News For You' on BBC1. He is currently appearing at the National Theatre in 'Rules For Living'.

Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, stand-up comic, actor and writer best known to British audiences for 'The Big Impression'. He has recently been seen. He has also featured on 'Bake Off For Comic Relief', 'Mock The Week', has been seen on 'Live At The Apollo' and began his career by providing voices for the iconic 'Spitting Image'.

James Boswell, Dr Johnson's biographer, attempts to write a life of Boris Johnson.

0201Boswell's Life Of Muhammad Ali20160321

by Jon Canter

Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson. Today he meets Muhammad Ali, banned from boxing and in the wilderness can Boswell help him out of it and make The Greatest - Greatester.

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.

The first series of Boswell's Lives went on to win the Prix Europa for Drama.

Other celebrities that will have their lives penned by James Boswell for this series include - Karl Marx (Julian Rhind-tutt), Madonna (Debra Stephenson) and Alan Bennett (Alistair McGowan)

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He recently penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.

Miles Jupp is an actor, stand up and presenter of The News Quiz.

0202Boswell's Life Of Marx20160328

by Jon Canter

James Boswell - Miles Jupp

Karl Marx - Julian Rhind-tutt

Directed by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer, pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he attempts to write a biography of Karl Marx but before he can start must help Marx pen his meisterwerk Das Kapital.

0203Boswell's Life Of Madonna20160404

by Jon Canter

Produced by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer, pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he meets Madonna and lives to tell the tale.

0204 LASTBoswell's Life Of Bennett20160411

by Jon Canter

Comedy as James Boswell Dr Johnson's celebrated biographer pursues other legends to immortalise. Today he attempts to locate the cream cracker under the settee of Mr Alan Bennett

0301Boswell's Life Of Byron20180307

Time-travelling biographer James Boswell meets Lord Byron at the beginning of his career.

Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's time-travelling biographer.

by Jon Canter

Produced by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson.
Today he meets Lord Byron at the beginning of his career and Boswell is sure he can help the young man become a celebrated poet but does Byron really need his help?

Jon Canter is an award winning comedy writer for both television and radio. He penned the radio series 'Believe It' starring Richard Wilson but his work goes back to Spitting Image. He is also the author of several books and has been called our greatest living comic novelist.
The first series of Boswell's Lives went on to win the Prix Europa for Drama.

Other celebrities that will have their lives penned by James Boswell for this series include - Simone de Beauvoir (Amelia Bullmore) Agatha Christie (Vicki Pepperdine) and Ghandi (Phaldut Sharma)

Miles Jupp is an actor, stand up and presenter of The News Quiz.

0302Boswell's Life Of De Beauvoir20180314

Time-travelling biographer James Boswell meets Simone de Beauvoir.

Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's time-travelling biographer.

by Jon Canter

Produced by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson.
Today he meets Simone de Beauvoir and gains several lessons in equality as he helps clean her apartment allowing her to complete her book The Second Sex.
Would radical modern feminism have existed without him?

Amelia Bullmore is an actor and writer. Credits include: Scott and Bailey, Happy Valley ,Twenty Twelve and Power Monkeys on TV and Down The Line on Radio 4.

0303Boswell's Life Of Christie20180321

Time-travelling biographer James Boswell meets Agatha Christie.

Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's time-travelling biographer.

by Jon Canter

Produced by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson. Today he meets Agatha Christie and soon becomes involved in deception, disappearances and an unnatural death.

Vicki Pepperdine is best known as a co-writer and performer of the award winning 'Getting On'. She recently appeared in 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' and 'My Cousin Rachel'.

0304Boswell's Life of Gandhi20180328

Time-travelling biographer James Boswell meets Gandhi.

Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's time-travelling biographer.

by Jon Canter

Produced by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson. Today he meets Gandhi, and Boswell attempts for not entirely selfless reasons to become a better man under Gandhi's guidance, but abstinence drives Boswell to distraction and worse.

Phaldut Sharma is best known for his role as AJ in EastEnders. He also appeared in Cucumber on C4 and the film Gravity.
He has recently written and starred in his own web series 'I Gotta Be Me' based on his own experience as a Sammy Davis tribute act.

0304Boswell's Life Of Ghandi20180328

Time-travelling biographer James Boswell meets Ghandi.

Miles Jupp stars as James Boswell, Dr Johnson's time-travelling biographer.

by Jon Canter

Produced by Sally Avens

Comedy as James Boswell becomes a time travelling biographer doing for other celebrities what he did for Dr Johnson. Today he meets Ghandi, and Boswell attempts for not entirely selfless reasons to become a better man under Ghandi's guidance, but abstinence drives Boswell to distraction and worse.

Phaldut Sharma is best known for his role as AJ in EastEnders. He also appeared in Cucumber on C4 and the film Gravity.
He has recently written and starred in his own web series 'I Gotta Be Me' based on his own experience as a Sammy Davis tribute act.