Channel 5 has commissioned a one-off special doc from Spun Gold TV in which Paul Merton celebrates the history of Britain’s best comedians.

Paul Merton’s Comic Heroes (1×120’w/t) sees the comedian explore what motivated the greatest comics; how and why they became successful and what inspired their best moments and characters.

Delving into archive footage, Merton examines how legendary comedians and comedy actors from Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Tony Hancock through to Victoria Wood and Jo Brand broke through often against huge odds.

Paul Merton says: “It’s a pleasure to bring some of the best comedians of the past 100 years out of retirement and into your homes for a fantastic fun-filled festival of laughter.”

Daniela Neuman, Managing Director of Spun Gold TV adds: “Paul will reunite viewers will some of their favourte comedians and clips, as well as uncovering hidden treasures in a programme which will be lots of fun and bring us joy – the perfect commission for these difficult times.”

Paul Merton’s Comic Heroes is executive produced by Lee Connolly and produced by Sue Andrew. It was commissioned by Greg Barnett. The documentary is being distributed by All3Media International.

Jon Creamer

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