Radio Roots

Russell Davies looks back at the careers of some of Britain's most popular performers, before they were famous.

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06 LASTMaurice Denham20061011 (BBC7)
20080511 BT=1230 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies presents a retrospective of the English character actor's early broadcasting career.

Russell Davies presents a retrospective of Maurice Denham's early broadcasting career.

0101Frankie Howerd2000101020020416
20040115 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies traces the comedian's early career with archive clips and interviews.

Russell Davies traces the comedian's start in broadcasting with clips and interviews.

With Dick Bogarde and Gloria Hunniford.

Russell Davies traces the comedian's early broadcasting career with archive clips and interviews.

0102Hattie Jacques2000101720020423
20040122 (BBC7)
20050703 (BBC7)
20050704 (BBC7)
20060726 (BBC7)
20080217 (BBC7)
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20090315 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies traces Hattie Jacques' radio career.

Featuring Harry Secombe, Max Bygraves and Tommy Handley.

This week, Hattie Jacques.

Russell Davies traces the actress' start in broadcasting using clips and interview.

Featuring Tommy Handley and Beryl Reid.

0103Deryck Guyler2000102420020430
20040129 (BBC7)
20040130 (BBC7)
20050710 (BBC7)
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20060802 (BBC7)
20080224 BT=1230 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies tells the story of the character actor's early radio career - from ITMA to Shakespeare via God.

Russell Davies traces the actor's start in broadcasting using clips and interview.

Features John Gielgud and Kenneth Connor.

0104 LASTCoronation Street2000103120020507
20040205 (BBC7)
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20060809 (BBC7)
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20090405 (BBC7)

Russell Davies reveals how some of the famous TV soap opera's past stars began their careers, from Arthur Lowe to Violet Carson.

Russell Davies reveals how some of the TV soap opera's past stars began their careers.

Many of the older actors on television soap Coronation Street started on radio.

Russell Davies looks back at their radio careers.

0201Patricia Hayes2001091820021117
20050724 (BBC7)
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20060816 (BBC7)
20080309 BT=1230 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies traces actress Patricia's early broadcasting career with archive clips and interviews.

Russell Davies traces the actress's early broadcasting career with archive clips and interviews.

In this programme, Patricia Hayes.

0202Hattie Jacques2001091120021110
20040122 (BBC7)
20050703 (BBC7)
20050704 (BBC7)
20060726 (BBC7)
20080217 (BBC7)
20080218 (BBC7)

Russell Davies traces Hattie Jacques' radio career.

Featuring Harry Secombe, Max Bygraves and Tommy Handley.

Episode 2 of 4.

This week, Hattie Jacques.

0202Jon Pertwee2001092520021124
20050731 (BBC7)
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20060823 (BBC7)
20080316 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies traces the actor's early broadcasting career before he was famous, with archive clips and interviews.

In this programme, Jon Pertwee.

0203Bernard Braden2001100220021201
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The star was something of a hit on television, but with a solid history of radio and backstage tension behind him.

Russell Davies traces the performer's career with the help of archive clips and interviews.

In this programme, Bernard Braden.

0204 LASTEamonn Andrews2001100920021208
20050814 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies traces the wireless career of This is Your Life host Eamonn Andrews - from Radio Eireann to becoming 'Mr Sport' at the BBC.

Russell Davies traces the wireless career of the This Is Your Life host - from Radio Eireann to becoming Mr Sport at the BBC.

Russell Davies traces the presenter's career with the help of archive clips and interviews.

In this programme, Eamonn Andrews.

0301Richard Dimbleby2004111620051002
20060913 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies traces the radio times of the man who 'invented the BBC Reporter' - Richard Dimbleby.

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Russell Davies looks back at the career of Peter Jones before he became famous.

A look back at the early career of one of this country's most popular performers, before fame arrived.

Readers are Jon Glover and Sally Grace.

This edition features Peter Jones.

0304Beryl Reid2004120720051023
20060927 (BBC7)
20080427 BT=1230 (BBC7)
20080427 BT=1730 (BBC7)
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Russell Davies celebrates the wireless career of the woman who gave us 'Monica' and 'Marlene'.

And who lived with ten cats.

A look back at the early career of one of this country's most popular performers, before she was famous.

Presented by Russell Davies, with readers Sally Grace and Jon Glover

Russell Davies look back at the early career of one of this country's most popular performers, before they were famous.

Readers are Jon Glover and Sally Grace.

0305Eric Barker2004121420051030
20061004 (BBC7)
20080504 (BBC7)
20080505 (BBC7)

He went from impersonations of Ramsey MacDonald to the Carry Ons.

Eric Barker was a 'comic presence' on BBC Radio for 40 years.

He went from impersonations of Ramsay Macdonald to the Carry Ons.

Presented by Russell Davies, with readers Sally Grace and <Jon Glover