Two new documentaries on British comedians will be screened on Channel 5. Bob Monkhouse: Master Of Laughter will be screened on Tuesday 29th December 2020 from 9pm to 11.05pm and Jimmy Tarbuck: The Laughs Are On Me will be screened on Sunday 3rd January 2021 from 8pm to 10pm.
Winifred Atwell, a Trinidadian who died in 1983, was Britain’s first Black pop star and will be honoured in Brixton tomorrow (18 December) when an official blue heritage plaque is unveiled on the site of the beauty salon she opened in 1956 at 82d Railton Road, London, SE24 0LD
Howard Beaumont will be presenting a Facebook Video presentation of Festive Music at the New Victoria Wurlitzer on Sunday 20th December 2020 at 2.30pm. This has been organised by the North East Theatre Organ Association. Go to their Facebook page for further details.
BBC Radio Suffolk will be presenting a programme Celebrating The Life Of Roy Hudd on 27th December 2020 at 1pm when Georgy Jamieson will look back at Roy’s life and career in TV, stage and radio. The programme will be repeated on New Year’s Day at 5pm.
You can listen to Radio Suffolk at bbc.co.uk/radiosuffolk or on FM 103.9 (south), 104.6 (Bury St Edmunds and northwest), 95.5 (Lowestoft), 95.9 (Aldeburgh).
Alison Young, the British Music Hall Society’s Secretary, is featured on a new podcast where she talks about her music hall relatives including Daisy Dormer. To hear the podcast click on the link below:
As part of the London Song Festival, Ghost Lights: Ivor Novello And His Leading Ladies (The Drury Lane Years 1935-1939) will be staged at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ on Friday December 11th at 7pm. There will also be a Live Stream on Saturday 12th December at 7pm.
Written and directed by David Slattery-Christy, Ghost Lights is set on the empty stage of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on the 5th September 1939 when all theatres were closed due to the outbreak of WW2. Novello meets Mary Ellis, Dorothy Dickson and Elisabeth Welch to reminisce about their work and also their concerns for theatre and its survival.