The Many Faces of

Series 2 - 2. The Many Faces of Stanley Baxter

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Stanley Baxter was a gifted mimic whose lavish shows were legends of opulence. During the 1970s and 80s Christmas wasn’t complete without Baxter dressed as a woman to play anyone from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Mrs Bridges from Upstairs, Downstairs, or an entire Busby Berkeley dance troupe.

In this fond tribute Baxter himself (looking very good for 86) talks us through his career, from early days on stage in Glasgow to his heyday at LWT, where his indulgent boss Michael Grade wrote the cheques. Baxter was brilliant but his shows, apart from becoming too expensive for TV, had an in-built obsolescence and dated immediately.

About this programme

2/4. A profile of the Glaswegian entertainer, who started his career in variety and review shows and went on to draw huge audiences in the 1970s and 80s for his TV specials - before the cost of his epic productions priced him off the screens. With contributions from Michael Grade, Barry Cryer, Bill Oddie and Gregor Fisher.

Cast and crew


Michael Grade
Barry Cryer
Bill Oddie
Gregor Fisher


Executive Producer
Stephen Stewart
Series Producer
Charlie Stuart