Double Trouble

Series about comedy duos, with Stuart Maconie.

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Episodes

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0101Flanagan And Allen2002021220020615
20030826 (BBC7)
20040922 (BBC7)
20040923 (BBC7)
20130217 (BBC7)
20130218 (BBC7)
20041208 (R4)

Born in the 1890s, Flanagan and Allen were arguably the first great comedy stars of the wireless age.

Already boasting long apprenticeships in the music hall and the armed services, they first teamed up in the Twenties in Florrie Forde's 'Flo & Co' revue before striking out on their own.

Their double act, with the Crazy Gang, was one of Britain's top attractions by the mid-thirties.

This programme tracks their career and delves into the intricacies of their working relationship.

The wireless age of Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen. Stuart Maconie on British comedy duos.

The golden wireless age of Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen. Stuart Maconie celebrates great British comedy duos. With Roy Hudd.

0102Jewel And Warriss2002021920020622
20030902 (BBC7)
20040929 (BBC7)
20040930 (BBC7)
20130224 (BBC7)
20130225 (BBC7)
20041215 (R4)

Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss were cousins, born in the same bed in a house in Sheffield. Rooted in the traditions of the northern music hall, they were the quintessential straight man (Warriss) and clown (Jewel).

This programme tracks their careers from childhood, through family feud to successful double act.

The quintessential straight man and clown double act - cousins Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss

The quintessential straight man and clown double act. Stuart Maconie remembers cousins Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss in his series about comedy duos.

0103Flanders And Swann2002022620020629
20030909 (BBC7)
20041006 (BBC7)
20041007 (BBC7)
20130303 (BBC7)
20130304 (BBC7)
20041222 (R4)

Their revues At The Drop of a Hat and At The Drop of Another Hat are comic legends, and fit a peculiarly British tradition of satirical whimsy.

This programme explores their lives and their working partnership.

Stuart Maconie celebrates Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, a comedy famous duo.

Stuart Maconie celebrates Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, a comedy famous duo whose revues included At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat. With Ian Wallace.

0104Pete And Dud2002030520020706
20030916 (BBC7)
20041013 (BBC7)
20041014 (BBC7)
20130310 (BBC7)
20130311 (BBC7)

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore inspired a new generation of writers and comedians.

Stuart Maconie explores the inspirational partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Stuart Maconie explores 'the most original and inspirational comedy double act of the 60s and 70s' - Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

0105 LASTThe Two Ronnies2002031220020713
20030923 (BBC7)
20041020 (BBC7)
20041021 (BBC7)
20130317 (BBC7)
20130318 (BBC7)

Stuart Maconie explores how Ronnies Corbett and Barker came to work their TV magic.

Stuart Maconie profiles one of the most popular comedy partnerships of all time.

One of the most popular comedy partnerships of all time. Stuart Maconie explores the individual characteristics that made the pairing of Ronnies Corbett and Barker so special.

0201Old Mother Riley And Kitty2003091620041003

In the first episode of this second series, we look at the lives and career of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, aka Old Mother Riley and Kitty. A tempestuous relationship between a Lincolnshire lad and his Irish beauty, which spanned nearly 40 years on stage, screen and radio.

0202Gert And Daisy2003092320041010

Elsie and Doris Waters - a double act that began in the family home and developed into one of the best loved duos of the War years. As Gert and Daisy, they entertained the country with wit, charm and a recipe for Woolton pie.

0203Dr Evadne Hinge And Dame Hilda Bracket2003093020041017

Today, Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket, played by 30-year partnership George Logan and Patrick Fyffe.

0204Mel Smith And Griff Rhys Jones2003100720041024

Today, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, a versatile duo whose talents extend to acting, directing, writing and producing.

0205 LASTRik Mayall And Adrian Edmondson2003101420041031

Today, exploring the double act of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. From Twentieth Century Coyote to Bottom. "grunge" comedy at it's best.