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A series of BBC radio documentaries on funny ladies will include a profile of Lucille. Others include Betty Hutton, Phyllis Diller together with British ladies Hattie Jacques, Hylda Baker and Beryl Reid. Former Carry On star Barbara Windsor will present the series.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13807252

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No info as to whether these are 30min or 60min in length

If you do get to hear it, let us know the Lucy details please. I remember a great British tv documentary about female comediennes and Patricia Rutledge went on and on about her admiration for Lucy, a true trailblazer for female comics.

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If you do get to hear it, let us know the Lucy details please. I remember a great British tv documentary about female comediennes and Patricia Rutledge went on and on about her admiration for Lucy, a true trailblazer for female comics.

 

The BBC put many of their shows online so we can all listen and they sometime leave them up for a week....

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A series of BBC radio documentaries on funny ladies will include a profile of Lucille. Others include Betty Hutton, Phyllis Diller together with British ladies Hattie Jacques, Hylda Baker and Beryl Reid. Former Carry On star Barbara Windsor will present the series.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13807252

 

That's good to know. I've heard Lucy's shows were never super-popular in the UK for some reason but they loved THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES and BEWITCHED there just as much as American audiences. Love Betty Hutton too, she is hilarious and reminds me a lot of Lucy in her style. Not familiar with Hattie and Hylda and don't know Beryl much beyond her sensational performances in a few movies, mostly dramas.

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I don't think Betty Hutton is very well known in the UK at all - I know her name but probably have never seen her in anything - so very surprised at her inclusion in this BBC series.

 

I Love Lucy was popular in the UK in the 50s, but until the 80s was never really screened in the UK. Selected episodes were run on Britain's then newest channel - Channel 4, after her death they ran all the episodes (not the 1 hour shows). Other than that very little of her shows have been seen. Satellite/Cable ran poorly edited Here's Lucy and Lucy Shows in the early 90s but they soon disappeared.

 

 

As for the Brit ladies in this radio series:

Beryl Reid was a much loved comedy and dramatic actress

Hattie Jacques was even more loved by the public thanks in part to the Carry On films

Hylda Baker is a rather more forgotten female clown, but her late 60s/early 70s sitcoms are still popular today and can be found on DVD

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The great British comedian Will Hay (star of such wonderful comedies as OH MR PORTER, ASK A POLICEMAN, HEY HEY USA [with Edgar Kennedy] and others. Usually cast as a seedy schoolmaster.

Oh yes, of course, i knew it was somebody i had seen before and he looks like the epitome of a classic character actor, you know, like Lucy loved best.

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Finally managed to listen to Lucille's edition tonight. Bit disappointing. Most of it is devoted to I LOVE LUCY, but some archive interviews with Lucille and Desi are good. The programme seems to vague regarding her 60s and 70s work - clips from TLS and HL are brief. No mention is made of her selling out Desilu, no mention is made of Life with Lucy, no mention is made of her health decline and death. Vivian is very briefly mentioned (William Frawley and Gale Gordon are not mentioned at all, though Gale is heard very briefly as Mr Mooney). Her full radio career and movie career is barely mentioned, though My Favorite Husband is discussed with a brief clip.

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Finally managed to listen to Lucille's edition tonight. Bit disappointing. Most of it is devoted to I LOVE LUCY, but some archive interviews with Lucille and Desi are good. The programme seems to vague regarding her 60s and 70s work - clips from TLS and HL are brief. No mention is made of her selling out Desilu, no mention is made of Life with Lucy, no mention is made of her health decline and death. Vivian is very briefly mentioned (William Frawley and Gale Gordon are not mentioned at all, though Gale is heard very briefly as Mr Mooney). Her full radio career and movie career is barely mentioned, though My Favorite Husband is discussed with a brief clip.

Wow, sounds just wunnerful. :lucydisgust::lucydaze::lucyblah:

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I have an LP studio recording of "Mame" starring Beryl Reid. I don't know who she is exactly but she's not much of a singer so it's surprising they picked her for a studio recording unless she did Mame in England. The 'official' Mame in London was Ginger Rodgers.

Beryl was a great, heavy set and older actress who did the older lesbian in The Killing of Sister George.

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She was a terrific actress, specialising in comedy. Not heavy set though (I assume you mean her physical appearance). She was no singer, but I think she did do comic songs.

Sorry, i recall her as pleasingly PLUMP, bigger than Ethel even, LOL! And she did a little song and dance in Killing of Sister George, i thought she even got an Oscar nom for that part.

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