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BBC to celebrate Peter Kay’s career with autumn documentary


The BBC has announced a documentary celebrating Peter Kay’s career as part of its autumn schedule.

The documentary, Twenty Years of Funny, will span the Bolton comedian’s two decades in the business.

After a childhood in Farnworth, Kay studied media and performance at Salford University before his break came with Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ in 1997, followed by a Perrier nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a year later.

The 42-year-old has since become a household name with the likes of That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Cradle to Grave, which is currently showing on BBC2.

Kay said: “What a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the last 20 years and highlight some of the work it’s been my honour to create.”

Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy, added: “This has been a remarkable year for Peter and it feels timely to mark his exceptional talents as sitcom writer and performer as well as record-breaking stand-up comedian. It’s a great opportunity to honour someone at the top of their game and enjoy the work that got him there.”

Other highlights of the autumn schedule will include a series on the Salvation Army, fronted by Wirral comedian Paul O’Grady.

The 6x30min series, Paul O’Grady: The Sally Army & Me, is designed to coincide with the organisation’s 150th anniversary.

Across the series, O’Grady will take up a regular place behind the counter at The Salvation Army’s residential centres, assist in their work with older people, meet staff in the ‘Family Tracing Service’ and help as they continue to change families’ lives across Britain.

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