Reputations: Frankie Howerd

22 June 2002
9pm BBC2
50 mins

Press release:

Reputations charts the roller coaster of Howerd's career and looks at the men who influenced his career over six decades: Ian Carmichael, who nearly rejected Frankie at an audition to entertain the troops during the Second World War; Eric Sykes, who wrote surreal situations for his new man-off-the-street persona and made him the Forties' biggest radio star; Alan Simpson, who stood by him as his career slumped in the Fifites and helped him re-launch as the darling of Sixties satire; David Croft, who made him a TV icon in Up Pompeii but suffered his hatred of producers; Griff Rhys Jones, who wrote for him in the Seventies and Eighties; and lifelong Howerd fan Jonathan Ross.

With the help of Graham McCann, one of Britain's finest biographers and author of books on Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Morecambe & Wise, Reputations celebrates this great original comic and uncovers the secrets of his complex personality