Comics Britannia

BBC Four is set to explore the wonderful world of comic books in a new three-part series celebrating one the of most powerful achievements of British popular culture – the classic comic strips generations of us have grown up with over the past 70 years.

From the Beano to Bunty, Commando to Viz, The Eagle to 2000AD, British comics have captivated generations from the Thirties to the present day.

Narrated by comedy writer Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It), Comics Britannia will feature comics legends who wrote and drew the original strips, comics experts and a range of celebrity fans who re-live their favourite comic strip moments and characters.

Bash Street Kids, Dennis the Menace, Roy of The Rovers, Fat Slags, Watchmen, V for Vendetta and many more are brought to life using a special graphics style that allows the audience literally to step inside the comics.

Comics Britannia forms the centrepiece of BBC Four’s comics season which also includes a one-off film, In Search Of Steve Ditko, which sees Jonathan Ross go in search of his hero – comic book legend, Steve Ditko.

Other programmes within the season include Adam West’s Batman series and Modesty Blaise.

George Entwistle, Acting Controller, BBC Four, says: “Whether you grew up on the Beano or Jackie – or wished you’d been allowed to – this season offers a trip down memory lane, peppered with the customary wit and intelligence of BBC Four.”

Comics Britannia was commissioned by Adam Kemp and is a BBC Vision Studios Production from BBC Bristol. Michael Poole is the Executive Producer and Alastair Laurence is Series Producer.

In Search Of Steve Ditko was commissioned by Adam Kemp and has been made by Hot Sauce TV. Jonathan Ross and Deborah Cox are Executive Producers.

The season broadcasts in September on BBC Four.

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1