UKTV’s Gold Channel has given the green-light to Legends of Stand-Up & Bernard Righton, a six-episode series which sees John Thomson (in character as his alter-ego Bernard Righton) celebrating the world’s greatest comedians from across the globe.
In the six part series, Righton will introduce archive footage of some of the best comedians, such as Victoria Wood, Frankie Howerd, Morecambe & Wise, Joan Rivers, Tommy Cooper, Jim Carrey and Woody Allen. Each episode, which will feature clips of multiple comedians, will also include original material, short sketches and running gags from Bernard Righton.
Legends of Stand-Up & Bernard Righton is set up at Storage Hunter: UK indie North One Television and is being penned by John Thomson, John Quinn, Mike Williams, Nigel Alred and Willy Norton. Mike Williams serves as the series producer and director on the six episode effort. John Quinn is the executive producer.
“This is the perfect format, the very best of classic stand-up, hosted by one of my favourite ever comedy creations”, said UKTV’s Commissioning Editor Iain Coyle. “I’ve genuinely been crying laughing in the meetings for this show, I might have to be restrained when I watch it on the telly.”
This is the latest original series to emerge from Gold’s recent push into comedy. The channel has previously commissioned such series as The Two Ronnies Spectacle, Porridge: The Inside Story and The Interviews. On the scripted side of things, Gold has You, Me & Them and they recently announced plans to order five new series – with Marleys Ghosts, starring John Hannah and Sarah Alexander, being the first to enter production.