Palace Of Laughter

Episodes

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20070805 BT=1230 (BBC7)

Manchester Playhouse

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the story of twin theatres - the Playhouse and the Hippodrome. 'Turns' include Morecambe and Wise. Episode 3 of 6.

20070805 BT=1730 (BBC7)

Manchester Playhouse

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the story of twin theatres - the Playhouse and the Hippodrome. 'Turns' include Morecambe and Wise. Episode 3 of 6.

20070806 BT=0530 (BBC7)

Manchester Playhouse

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the story of twin theatres - the Playhouse and the Hippodrome. 'Turns' include Morecambe and Wise. Episode 3 of 6.

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. Geoffrey Wheeler explores the venue famed for its nude tableaux.

. Geoffrey Wheeler explores the venue famed for its nude tableaux.

Geoffrey Wheeler explores the venue famed for its nude tableaux and known as the 'comics' graveyard'. From March 2002.

. Geoffrey Wheeler explores the venue famed for its nude tableaux.

Geoffrey Wheeler explores the venue famed for its nude tableaux.

Geoffrey Wheeler explores the venue famed for its nude tableaux and known as the 'comics' graveyard'. From March 2002.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the site of the Windmill Theatre, known as the 'comics' graveyard'. Episode 1 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the site of the Windmill Theatre, famed for its nude tableaux and known as the 'comics' graveyard'. Episode 1 of 6.

0102Glasgow Pavilion Theatre20100711 (BBC7)
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. Geoffrey Wheeler presents a portrait of one of Scotland's last variety venues.

. Geoffrey Wheeler presents a portrait of one of Scotland's last variety venues.

Geoffrey Wheeler presents an affectionate portrait of one of Scotland's last variety venues which, legend has it, is haunted.

. Geoffrey Wheeler presents a portrait of one of Scotland's last variety venues.

Geoffrey Wheeler's affectionate look at one of Scotland's last variety venues.

Geoffrey Wheeler's affectionate look at one of Scotland's last variety venues, which legend claims is haunted. From March 2002.

Geoffrey Wheeler presents a portrait of the Pavilion Theatre, one of Scotland's last variety venues. Episode 2 of 6

Geoffrey Wheeler presents an affectionate portrait of the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, one of Scotland's last variety venues. Episode 2 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler presents an affectionate portrait of one of Scotland's last variety venues which, legend has it, is haunted. Episode 2 of 6.

0103Manchester Playhouse20090712 BT=1730 (BBC7)
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. Geoffrey Wheeler tells the theatre's story and that of its neighbour, the Hulme Hippodrome

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the theatre's story plus that of its neighbour, the Hulme Hippodrome. With Morecambe & Wise and Ken Dodd.

. Geoffrey Wheeler tells the theatre's story and that of its neighbour, the Hulme Hippodrome

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the theatre's story and that of its neighbour, the Hulme Hippodrome

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the theatre's story plus that of its neighbour, the Hulme Hippodrome. With Morecambe & Wise and Ken Dodd.

Geoffrey Wheeler tells the story of twin theatres - the Playhouse and the Hippodrome. 'Turns' include Morecambe & Wise. Episode 3 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler tells a tale of twin theatres. 'Turns' include Morecambe and Wise and Ken Dodd. Episode 3 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler revisits the scene of the Manchester Playhouse. Episode 3 of 6.

0104Grand Blackpool20100725 (BBC7)
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. Geoffrey Wheeler visits the seaside theatre that's refusing to bring the curtain down.

. Geoffrey Wheeler visits the seaside theatre that's refusing to bring the curtain down.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the seaside theatre that's refusing to bring the curtain down. With Bernard Cribbins and Mike Harding.

. Geoffrey Wheeler visits the seaside theatre that's refusing to bring the curtain down.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the seaside theatre that's refusing to bring the curtain down.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the seaside theatre that's refusing to bring the curtain down. With Bernard Cribbins and Mike Harding. From April 2002.

Blackpool and Hamlet make strange bedfellows but thanks to the Grand Theatre there's more to the resort than sand and donkeys. Episode 4 of 6.

Bernard Cribbins and Mike Harding on how they liked to be beside the seaside, at a theatre refusing to bring the curtain down. Episode 4 of 6.

0105Alhambra20100801 (BBC7)
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. Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the music hall - once the pride of Leicester Square

. Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the music hall - once the pride of Leicester Square

Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the music hall, which was once the pride of London's Leicester Square. With Roy Hudd.

. Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the music hall - once the pride of Leicester Square

Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the music hall once the pride of Leicester Square.

Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the music hall which was once the pride of London's Leicester Square. With Roy Hudd. From April 2002.

Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of the variety theatre which once had pride of place in Leicester Square. Episode 5 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler traces the history of a music hall that was once the pride of London's Leicester Square. With Roy Hudd. Episode 5 of 6.

0106Belfast Grand Opera House20060825 BT=1800 (BBC7)
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Geoffrey Wheeler visits the Grand Opera House, a symbol of Belfast's regeneration after the Troubles. Episode 6 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler travels to the Belfast Grand Opera House which is now a symbol of the city's regeneration after the Troubles. Episode 6 of 6.

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. Now a symbol of the city's regeneration, Geoffrey Wheeler meets staff and performers.

. Now a symbol of the city's regeneration, Geoffrey Wheeler meets staff and performers.

Now a symbol of the city's regeneration after the Troubles, Geoffrey Wheeler meets staff and performers. With Jimmy Cricket.

. Now a symbol of the city's regeneration, Geoffrey Wheeler meets staff and performers.

Now a symbol of the city's regeneration, Geoffrey Wheeler meets staff and performers.

Now a symbol of the city's regeneration after the Troubles, Geoffrey Wheeler meets staff and performers. With Jimmy Cricket.

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. Geoffrey Wheeler profiles North East England's premier variety venue.

. Geoffrey Wheeler profiles North East England's premier variety venue.

Geoffrey Wheeler profiles North East England's premier variety venue - where comic actor Sid James sadly died on stage.

. Geoffrey Wheeler profiles North East England's premier variety venue.

Geoffrey Wheeler profiles the Sunderland Empire, the premier Variety venue in the North-East of England. Episode 1 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler profiles North East England's premier variety venue - where comic actor Sid James sadly died on stage. Episode 1 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler presents a profile of the Sunderland Empire, the premier Variety venue in the North-East of England. Episode 1 of 6.

0202Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome20100905 (BBC7)
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. Exploring what was once acclaimed as one of the UK's most luxurious venues.

. Exploring what was once acclaimed as one of the UK's most luxurious venues.

Once acclaimed as one of the UK's most luxurious venues, Geoffrey Wheeler explores its colourful history. With Bruce Forsyth.

. Exploring what was once acclaimed as one of the UK's most luxurious venues.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne, and explores its colourful history. Episode 2 of 6.

Once acclaimed as one the UK's most luxurious venues, Geoffrey Wheeler explores its colourful history. With Bruce Forsyth. Episode 2 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, and explores its colourful history. Episode 2 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the Royal Hippodrome in Eastbourne, and explores its colourful history.

0203Dublin Gaiety Theatre20100912 (BBC7)
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. Geoffrey Wheeler crosses the water to see one of the finest venues on the variety circuit.

. Geoffrey Wheeler crosses the water to see one of the finest venues on the variety circuit.

Geoffrey Wheeler crosses the water to visit one of the finest venues on the variety circuit, in Ireland's capital city.

. Geoffrey Wheeler crosses the water to see one of the finest venues on the variety circuit.

Geoffrey Wheeler crosses the water to Dublin to discover more about the city's famous Gaiety Theatre. Episode 3 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler crosses the water to visit one of the finest venues on the variety circuit, in Ireland's capital city. Episode 3 of 6.

0204Bradford Alhambra20100919 (BBC7)
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. Geoffrey Wheeler visits Yorkshire's home of pantomime and a steadfast dance troupe.

. Geoffrey Wheeler visits Yorkshire's home of pantomime and a steadfast dance troupe.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits Yorkshire's home of pantomime and a steadfast dance troupe. With Bill Pertwee.

. Geoffrey Wheeler visits Yorkshire's home of pantomime and a steadfast dance troupe.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the home of pantomime and the Sunbeam Girls, built by the impresario Francis Laidler. Episode 4 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the home of pantomime and a steadfast dance troupe. Bill Pertwee shares his memories. Episode 4 of 6.

Geoffrey Wheeler visits the Bradford Alhambra, built by the impresario Francis Laidler. Episode 4 of 6.

0205Swansea Grand Theatre20100926 (BBC7)
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20081020 BT=0500 (BBC7)

. Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a Wales success story, associated with Catherine Zeta Jones.

. Associated with Catherine Zeta Jones - Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a Welsh success story.

. Associated with Catherine Zeta Jones - Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a Welsh success story.

Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a South Wales success story, associated with the early career of actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

. Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a Wales success story, associated with Catherine Zeta Jones.

Associated with the early career of actress Catherine Zeta Jones - Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a South Wales success story.

. Associated with Catherine Zeta Jones - Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a Welsh success story.

Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a South Wales success story, associated with the early career of actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

Geoffrey Wheeler reports on a Wales success story, associated with Catherine Zeta Jones.

Geoffrey Wheeler discovers the stories behind the Grand Theatre Swansea, a South Wales success story. Episode 5 of 6.

0206Ayr Gaiety Theatre20061006 BT=1800 (BBC7)
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The Gaiety Theatre in Scotland certainly has staying power. Geoffrey Wheeler discovers how, exactly. Episode 6 of 6.

The uniquely Scottish theatre has staying power and connections to Robbie Burns. Geoffrey Wheeler discovers how. Episode 6 of 6.

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. Geoffrey Wheeler probes the west coast venue's unique staying power.

. Geoffrey Wheeler probes the west coast venue's unique staying power.

Geoffrey Wheeler probes the west coast venue's unique staying power and its connection to Scotland's best-loved bard Robert Burns.

. Geoffrey Wheeler probes the west coast venue's unique staying power.