Kenneth Williams, The Two Ronnies, Les Dawson, Oliver Reed, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore all form part of UKTV’s new series The Interviews which is to air on comedy channel Gold.
“The Interviews is a unique way of doing biography through chat show appearances, as the guests’ stories are told straight from the horse’s mouth. We are delighted Dawn French will add her warm and authoritative voiceover which will bring each episode together. It is a privilege for Gold to have the opportunity to craft, with North One, a compelling show that perfectly captures the personalities of our comedy legends.” – Commissioning Editor, Iain Coyle
Each episode of the six part series follows the career and personal story of legendary celebrities from the world of comedy and showbiz, using their most memorable moments from British TV chat shows and beyond. The show will premiere on Gold in June this year.
Voiced by actress and comedian Dawn French, the series features Kenneth Williams, The Two Ronnies aka Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, Les Dawson, Oliver Reed, Spike Milligan, and the partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. By mining the archives, each episode pieces together their lives, as told down the years to the master interviewers, Michael Parkinson, Russell Harty, Terry Wogan, Melvin Bragg, Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, as well as inquisitors, such as Michael Aspel, Des O’Connor, and Mavis Nicholson. Away from the chat show studios, other footage from highly personal documentary interviews and radio specials will give audiences a rare insight into the fascinating lives of these icons.
“The Interviews features some of the sharpest and most inventive comic minds ever to grace the sofas of our infamous TV chat shows. From Les Dawson’s one-liners and gruff persona to the unpredictable and rebellious nature of Spike Milligan’s interviews, the Gold audience is in for a rare, enthralling and hilarious treat. This commission complements Gold’s other brand new series, Bob Monkhouse: Million Joke Man, and is a signal of our commitment to originating brand new and exclusive content for Gold.” – General Manager of Gold, Steve North
The series, produced by North One, marks Gold’s continued commissioning strategy of investing in brand new content. It is the latest in a line of original programmes, which already includes a second series of You, Me & Them and Bob Monkhouse: Million Joke Man.