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Frank Skinner on George Formby

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Frank Skinner puts a positive spin on his biography of stage and screen star George Formby, whose ukulele strumming and saucy songs kept British audiences smiling through the Second World War. It’s a life full of fascination but Skinner scoots through the detail. In a film of more diversions than the M6, Skinner attends massed ukulele thrashes, learns how to make Blackpool rock and talks about his hero to schoolchildren, who greet him with: “Good morning, Frank Skinner”. Sweet, like the programme.


The comedian presents a profile of the entertainer, who was arguably the biggest star in Britain during the 1930s and 40s. Skinner explores why Formby's films and records enjoyed unprecedented commercial success both in the UK and abroad, and performs a selection of the songs that made him famous - as well as investigating the circumstances surrounding his sudden death.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Frank Skinner
Director Daniel Wiles
Executive Producer Dianne Nelmes
Producer Daniel Wiles


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