UKTV GoldJohn Thomson is to bring his outrageous alter ego, legendary club comedian Bernard Righton, to riotous life as compere of UKTV channel Gold’s new six-part series, Legends of Stand-Up & Bernard Righton, celebrating the world’s greatest comedians from across the globe.

“This is the perfect format, the very best of classic stand-up, hosted by one of my favourite ever comedy creations. 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.” – Iain Coyle, Commissioning Editor

Using archive footage from UKTV’s favourite comics and their greatest routines – from Victoria Wood and Frankie Howerd, Morecambe & Wise and Joan Rivers to Tommy Cooper, Jim Carrey and Woody Allen – this series showcases six perfect nights of comedy. Each show is a romp through timeless comedy archive linked together by Bernard on stage, adding his own original material, short sketches and running gags throughout: the perfect night of stand-up comedy.

Featuring several comedians every episode – from comedy greats in their pomp to international box office stars in their early days – there are plenty of infamous routines to relive again or forgotten gems to discover for the first time.

John Thomson is an actor, writer, impressionist and comedian, and has been at the forefront of British television for over 20 years. He is best known for his roles in The Fast Show and Cold Feet. When originally creating the character, Thomson juxtaposed the bleeding heart liberal politics of the left with the unacceptable politically incorrect humour of the 1970s, and the result was Britain’s first PC working mens’ club comedian, Bernard Righton.

North One Television is to produce the series for UKTV’s Gold channel.

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