Wife divorces TV comic Marcus Brigstocke after discovering year-long affair with former Emmerdale actress By Amanda Perthen and Lara Gould PUBLISHED: 22:00 GMT, 23 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 24 March 2013 Happy: Hayley Tamaddon first met Marcus Brigstocke three years ago TV Comic Marcus Brigstocke is being divorced by his wife after she discovered he was having an affair. Sophie Brigstocke found out her husband of 12 years was cheating a month after he wrote a gushing first-person piece in a national newspaper, enthusiastically describing his family life
We struggle to find right-wing comedians, admits BBC chief Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation led to complaints from Radio 4 listenersShow criticised for 'Tory bashing' and 'prejudiced extreme left wing views' Commissioning editor Caroline Raphael has now admitted it is a struggle to find comedians with a right-wing point of view By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 04:08 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:31 GMT, 12 March 2013 'Diatribe': Jeremy Hardy has come under criticism from Radio 4 listeners for his 'extreme left-wing views' on his show The BBC has admitted it finds it ‘very difficult’ to find Conservative comedians to appear on radio programmes in order to provide political balance. Radio 4’s comedy boss has claimed it is a ‘struggle’ to find performers regarded as having a right-wing point of view
Frankie Howerd was the master of innuendo. Now secret tapes reveal protests over his smuttiness drove him to drugsHe brooded on the criticisms of self-appointed censor Mary WhitehouseA doctor prescribed the hallucinogenic drug LSD to help the actor Comedian suffered from bouts of self-disgust at his homosexualityHe told Cilla Black: 'If I could take a tablet to make me normal, I would' | UPDATED: 23:02 GMT, 28 December 2012 The bizarre home of comedian Frankie Howerd has been frozen in time since his death two decades ago. The life-size painting of Howerd over the fireplace, the 3D portrait of Elvis Presley, the gold velour sofa where the comic died . . . it is as though the house is waiting for Frankie to return
Eric's funny but Ernie's got to go: BBC told Morecambe to dump Wise if he wanted to make it in televisionProducer argued they were 'stuck in a rut and too reliant on outdated gags'The pair initially struggled to make an impression on television1954 comedy show called Running Wild flopped because it was reliant 'on second-rate artists and fourth-rate writersThey eventually found fame on television in the hit 1961 show Two Of A Kind | UPDATED: 22:03 GMT, 1 December 2012 As Morecambe and Wise, they were the nation’s best-loved comedy act, their Christmas extravaganzas regularly pulling in audiences of more than 20 million. But BBC chiefs initially believed Eric Morecambe would have a much better chance of TV stardom if he dumped Ernie Wise and went solo. The damning appraisal, delivered just two years before the duo finally found fame on commercial television, was discovered in the BBC’s own archives.