Six Characters In Search Of An Answer

Series looking at the genesis and popular appeal of six key comic characters from radio and TV each encapsulating the British response to the mood and developments of a decade.

Episodes

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0101Mr Muddlecombe Jp2002061120031005
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Barry Cryer explores the character of Mr Muddlecombe JP, played by Robb Wilton in the 1940s.

A look at Rob Wilton's best known character, a JP more interested in profit than administering the law.

A look at Robb Wilton's best known character, Mr Muddlecombe, a JP more interested in profit than administering the law.

0102Archie Andrews2002061820031012
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Barry Cryer recalls ventriloquist Peter Brough and his wooden pal Archie Andrews.

Barry Cryer looks at the wooden star of the stage, Archie Andrews.

0103Neddie Seagoon2002062520031019
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Barry Cryer takes a look at Ned Seagoon, and hears from the Goons themselves: Sellers, Spike, Seacombe and Bentine.

0104Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock2002070220031026
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Barry Cryer looks at the character of Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, who epitomised bachelorhood in the 1950s.

Barry Cryer takes a look at 1954 and Tony Hancock.

0105Arthur Dent2002070920031102
20040523 (BBC7)
20040524 (BBC7)

Just who is Arthur Dent? Barry Cryer takes a look.

0106 LASTVictor Meldrew2002071620031109
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Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Alan Davis and David Renwick all give their opinion on Victor Meldrew.

Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Alan Davis and David Renwick give their opinion on the cantankerous pensioner, Victor Meldrew.

Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Alan Davies and David Renwick all give their opinion on Victor Meldrew to Barry Cryer.

0201Bebe Daniels2005081620060808

The character of Bebe Daniels in Hi, Gang! from the 1940s.

0202Eth2005082320060809

Barry Cryer looks at the character of Eth, the love interest of Ron Glum in Take It From Heres The Glums; a firm favourite of the 1950s.

0203Rita Rawlins2005083020060810

Barry Cryer looks at the character of Rita Rawlins ne้ Garnett; daughter to the vociferous, over opinionated Alf, and married to the layabout Mike.

0204Sandra Hutchinson2005090620060815

Barry Cryer explores the pretensions a Liverpudlian lass out for fun, frolics and finding a husband.

0205June Medford2005091320060816

Middle aged, middle class and mother figure to husband Terry.

Barry Cryer explores the ins and outs of June's uncomplicated suburban life, but with Terry around, nothing is uncomplicated.

0206 LASTHyacinth Bucket2005092020060817