Factual producer Brook Lapping has been commissioned by BBC Arts to make an in-depth documentary for BBC Two about comedian and actor Peter Sellers.

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy (w/t) (1 x 75 min), uncovers Sellers talent and also the complexities of his personal life – the multiple marriages, the chronic health problems, the fits of rage, deep insecurity and the long slow decline in his later years.

Greg Sanderson, Managing Director, Brook Lapping (part of Zinc Media), says: “Brook Lapping has an outstanding track record in investigations and contemporary history, and it’s through this lens that we look at Peter Sellers.  We have secured exceptional access to friends and family, colleagues, and critics, many of whom have never spoken before. Forty years on from his death, our film reveals how Peter Sellers could play any role at all, apart from just one – himself.  We are delighted to be able to bring so much new insight into the real Peter Sellers.”

Brook Lapping’s other biographical documentaries include Evita:The Making of a Superstar (BBC Two); The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair and Trump’s First 100 days (both Channel 4); and Lord Lucan: My Husband, The Truth (ITV), amongst others.

Mark Bell, Director, BBC Arts, says: “BBC Arts brings audiences the very best in arts and culture, and is proud to include profiles of the figures who have shaped the cultural landscape as we know it. Peter Sellers had a profound impact on film and comedy, a genius as a performer but a mercurial personality; this in-depth look offers many revealing insights into his life and times, and I hope will offer an engaging diversion for people in lockdown.”

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy (w/t) was commissioned by Mark Bell, Commissioning Editor for BBC Arts. It is Exec Produced by Greg Sanderson for Brook Lapping at Zinc Media. John O’Rourke is the Producer-Director.

Staff Reporter

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