The Straight Man

Nicholas Parsons presents a potted history of the 'straight man' or 'stooge' in comedy double acts.

In the 1950s and 60s, Nicholas was straight man to the comedian Arthur Haynes, and he looks back fondly to the ten years they spent together on stage and television.

In this programme, he shares his memories and explores the changing role of the straight man with the help of contributions from long-serving straight men, including Syd Little, Peter Reeves and Ian 'Krankie' Tough.

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Nicholas Parsons presents a potted history of the 'straight man' or 'stooge' in comedy double acts.

In the 1950s and 60s, Nicholas was straight man to the comedian Arthur Haynes, and he looks back fondly to the ten years they spent together on stage and television.

In this programme, he shares his memories and explores the changing role of the straight man with the help of contributions from long-serving straight men, including Syd Little, Peter Reeves and Ian 'Krankie' Tough.