Always The Bridesmaid

A series looking at comic actresses we all remember and love, but who never took centre stage.

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A series looking at comic actresses we all remember and love, but who never took centre stage.

Janet Ellis explores Joan Sims' life and work and talks to her friends and colleagues including Liz Fraser, Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield.

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Janet Ellis takes a look at one of Britain's best-loved comic actresses who never took centre stage: Pat Coombs. With stories and insights from friends and colleagues including Roy Hudd, June Whitfield and Reg Varney.

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Classical soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott is used to standing centre stage as a soloist, but has never sung backing vocals live. She explores the world of the backing vocalist and asks is it a case of constantly being frustrated - always the bridesmaid and never the bride? She talks to singer songwriter Eddi Reader about her move from backing singer with Gang of Four and the Eurythmics to lead singer of Fairground Attraction and then solo artist. Eddi invites her to sing live in concert as a backing vocalist - how will Catherine cope outside her comfort zone? Catherine speaks to Annie Skates who is a backing vocalist to major stars, and to singers from the Chorus of Opera North about another type of backing vocalist - being a member of an opera chorus. And with the help of arranger and producer Steve Pycroft she tries her hand at recording backing vocals to a song where she sings the main vocal line.

With contributions from Eddi Reader, Steve Pycroft, Annie Skates, Edward Thornton, Sarah Estill and Paul Rendall.

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1/2 A series that looks at comic actresses who are well remembered but who never took centre stage.

Presenter Janet Ellis explores the hfe and work of Joan Sims and talks to her friends and colleagues including Liz Fraser , Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield. Producer Claire Jones

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Presenter: Janet Ellis

Unknown: Joan Sims

Unknown: Liz Fraser

Unknown: Norman Wisdom

Unknown: June Whitfield.

Producer: Claire Jones

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2/2. Presenter Janet Ellis takes a look at the life and career of Pat Coombs , a well-loved comic actress who nevertook centre stage. With stories and insight from friends and colleagues, including Roy Hudd , Lesley Joseph and Reg Varney. Producer Claire Jones

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Presenter: Janet Ellis

Unknown: Pat Coombs

Unknown: Roy Hudd

Unknown: Lesley Joseph

Unknown: Reg Varney.

Producer: Claire Jones

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1/2. Celebrating the lives and work of comic actresses who, though much-loved, never took centre-stage. Janet Ellis explores Joan Sims 's career and talks to friends and colleagues, including Liz Fraser , Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield. Producer Claire Jones

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Unknown: Janet Ellis

Unknown: Joan Sims

Unknown: Liz Fraser

Unknown: Norman Wisdom

Unknown: June Whitfield.

Producer: Claire Jones

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2/2. Celebrating the life and work of comic actress Pat Coombs , with stories from friends and colleagues, including Roy Hudd , June Whitfield and Reg Varney. Producer Claire Jones

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Unknown: Pat Coombs

Unknown: Roy Hudd

Unknown: June Whitfield

Unknown: Reg Varney.

Producer: Claire Jones

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This week presenter Janet Ellis explores Joan Sims' life and work, and talks to her friends and colleagues including Liz Fraser, Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield.

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This week presenter Janet Ellis explores Joan Sims' life and work, and talks to her friends and colleagues including Liz Fraser, Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield."

A series looking at comic actresses we all remember and love, but who never took centre stage. This week presenter Janet Ellis explores Joan Sims' life and work, and talks to her friends and colleagues including Liz Fraser, Norman Wisdom and June Whitfield.

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Today she explores the work of Pat Coombs and talks to her friends and colleagues including Roy Hudd, Leslie Joseph and Reg Varney.

Second of two programmes in which Janet Ellis celebrates the careers of comic actresses who were hugely popular yet never took centre stage. Today she explores the work of Pat Coombs and talks to her friends and colleagues including Roy Hudd, Leslie Joseph and Reg Varney.

Afternoon

Morning

Evening