Richard E. Grant to host retrospective of Ealing Comedies for UKTV
Richard E. Grant is to host a series for UKTV on Ealing Comedies to air later this year on their Gold channel.
“Between 1939 and 1955, comedy gold was mined at Ealing with the 40 carat talents of Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway and the inimitable Joan Greenwood, to name but a few. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to pr
esent these documentaries. Ealing for me was the studio that put Britain on the cinematic map and it’s been great to have the chance to watch all the films again and chat to both my friends and the people who share my love of Ealing Comedy.” – Richard E. Grant
The three-part documentary series explores one of British cinema’s most powerful brands and is to be fronted by actor and director, Richard E. Grant for Gold. The series will work closely with film giant Studio Canal to unlock a wealth of never-before-seen footage and stills of one of British cinema’s most iconic brands – Ealing Comedies.
Richard E. Grant tells the story of the studio during its comedy heyday and looks at the impact the modestly budgeted movies have had on British humour. He will be joined by a host of famous faces, comedy heroes and iconic filmmakers including Peter Capaldi, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Paul Whitehouse. All sharing their fond memories of the iconic brand.
To celebrate the new series Gold will also air a season of classic films including Passport to Pimlico, Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Lavender Hill Mob.
What’s more, Richard will visit some of the places that provided the backdrop to the most memorable film moments, such as the backstreets of Battersea and Bermondsey, Leeds Castle in Kent and not forgetting, Ealing Studios.
“I’m really looking forward to this both as a viewer and as a commissioner. Gold doesn’t do archive shows by half and adding Ealing Comedies and Richard E. Grant to the mix is all the more reason to watch. The guests Richard is lined up to talk to are spectacular, it’ll be a real treat for the viewers and lovers of classic comedy.” – Iain Coyle, UKTV senior commissioning editor
The series will air on Gold in September, and follows the recent announcement of Marley’s Ghosts returning for a second series, starring John Hannah, Jo Joyner, Sarah Alexander and Nicholas Burns. The popularity of the studios’ productions has seen Network Releasing issue fourteen DVD editions of ‘The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection’.