STAN Based on the Neil Brand's critically acclaimed radio play of the same name, this BBC drama tells the story of the world's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy how they met, worked together and remained close friends. Jim Norton (Father Ted) stars as the Stan Laurel, who somewhat reluctantly goes to visit his friend and long-time collaborator Oliver Hardy (Mike Goodenough) on his death bed in 1957. The story reflects the lives and work of Stan and Ollie in a series of flashbacks, and portrays the conversation between the two men as they bid their final farewells after a lifetime of sharing the world's spotlight. Making over 100 films together Laurel & Hardy remain one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy double acts of all time. This fascinating drama from the BBC is a must for all their fans. LAUREL & HARDY ANTHOLOGY Laurel and Hardy were hailed as ....the greatest comedy duo of all time.... . Now over a century since their last film, Utopia , they are still held in high esteem by critics and the public alike. This programme is an affectionate look back at this amazing acts career, from their early black and white silent film days through the Hal Roach era, to their hugely successful British tours and beyond. Generously laced with hilarious clips from the cream of Laurel and Hardy s films as well as original colour film footage from the U.S. government promotional films, this programme also includes rare newsreel interviews and chronicles their amazing success all around the world.
Release Date: 22 October 2012
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance