New Heroes of Comedy

Friday, April 9 on M4

Terry-Thomas shot to stardom in Britain in 1946 when he appeared in Piccadilly Hayride at the Prince of Wales Theatre. From there he went on to star in cabaret, revue, radio, television and more than 70 films – becoming, in the process, many people’s idea of the perfect English gentleman.

Sunday, April 4 on E4

Ricky Gervais: New Hero of Comedy charts Ricky’s growth as a comedian from his first appearances on Xfm and his early TV incarnations on The 11 O’Clock Show and Meet Ricky Gervais through to his current status as an international film and television star.

Saturday, April 3 on E4

New Heroes of Comedy celebrates the success of Sacha Baron Cohen, the comic genius behind Ali G, Borat and Bruno. From a five-minute character feature on Channel 4’s satirical late-night comedy series The 11 O’Clock Show to internationally renowned superstar, this one-hour show documents Sacha’s meteoric rise.

The final episode in the New Heroes of Comedy series celebrates the success of Sacha Baron Cohen, the comic genius behind Ali G and Borat. From a five-minute character feature on Channel 4’s satirical late night comedy series The 11 O’Clock Show to internationally renowned superstar, this one-hour show documents Sacha’s meteoric rise. How did this privately educated London boy find himself listed among Time magazine’s 100 “People who Shape our World” 2007, breaking box office records and winning a multitude of awards, as well as global notoriety?

Friday 7 March at 9:00pm on C4

Tonight’s episode of New Heroes of Comedy takes a fascinating journey into the past, present and future of Matt Lucas and David Walliams. It wasn’t always like this; years of obscurity and failure were endured before fame finally came knocking. But just how did two middle class suburban kids become so successful? With success came money, fame and adulation, and a backlash as they were accused of homophobia, sexism and size-ism from politically correct journalists, and even worse, accused of selling out by rival comedians.

Friday 29 February at 9:00pm on Channel 4

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