Seems Like A Nice Boy - The Story Of Larry Grayson

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Jim Lee recalls a comedian whose gently camp and inoffensive humour delighted audiences.

Larry Grayson was one of Britain's most popular entertainers, of whom it could genuinely be said that fame, which he gained relatively late in life, did not change him one whit. He was devoted to his adopted home town of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, and lived there for most of his life.

His early years were spent performing with a drag act in working men's clubs all over the Midlands. Then in 1971, he was seen performing as a stand-up comedian in London by Michael Grade, then an entertainments promoter. Grade offered Larry a 6-minute slot at the London Palladium, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In this profile of Larry Grayson, Jim Lee, Nuneaton-born and bred himself, recalls a comedian whose gently camp and inoffensive humour delighted audiences of all ages.

Michael Grade, Terry Wogan, Isla St Clair and Larry Grayson's nephew and biographer Mike Malyon are amongst those interviewed for the programme.

Producer Libby Cross.

The story of Larry Grayson

Having spent his early years performing with a drag act in working men's clubs all over the Midlands, in 1971, Larry Grayson was seen performing as a stand-up comedian in London by Michael Grade, then an entertainment promoter.

Grade offered Larry a 6-minute slot at the London Palladium, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Despite fame and fortune, Grayson remained devoted to his adopted home town of Nuneaton in Warwickshire, and lived there for most of his life.

In this profile of Larry Grayson, ten years after his death, the broadcaster Jim Lee, Nuneaton-born and bred himself, recalls a comedian whose gently camp and inoffensive humour delighted audiences of all ages.

Includes contributions from Michael Grade, Terry Wogan, Isla St Clair and Larry Grayson's nephew and biographer Mike Malyon.