The Story of Variety (2×60′) – Sixty-five years ago every British town had a variety theatre. It was a world of fast talking agents, ruthless theatre managers, strict or saucy landladies and, above all, it was about the entertainers – the comics, dancers, singers, musicians and speciality acts who criss-crossed the country in search of the next show.
Michael Grade grew up against this backdrop and became a variety agent himself. In this two-part documentary he rediscovers this lost world of British entertainment and tells of its brutal demise with the theatre walls literally coming down before the acts had finished.
Producer: BBC Productions
TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011
Source: BBC Press Office