Larry Grayson was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1970s and 1980s. As the host of BBC1’s The Generation Game from 1978 he attracted weekly television audiences topping eighteen million – but fame and fortune only came after many years of professional disappointment. With unprecedented, exclusive and unrestricted access to Larry Grayson’s newly-discovered personal archive of correspondence, family photographs, personal scrapbooks, unpublished autobiography first draft and professional memorabilia, this feature length documentary examines the long journey that Larry Grayson took from Nuneaton’s backstreets and the grimy clubs of the industrial Midlands to the top of the bill with his name in lights at The London Palladium – and reminds viewers, over twenty years after his passing, what a uniquely funny and gifted performer Larry Grayson was.
The film includes first person testimony from many who knew Larry best including his former agent Lord Michael Grade, his Generation Game co-host Isla St Clair, his friend Janet Street-Porter, Generation Game producer Alan Boyd, Larry’s nephew Mike Malyon, his agent and friend Paul Vaughn, his friend and fellow entertainer Michael Barrymore, producer of The Royal Variety Performance Kevin Bishop, his friend and fellow entertainer Lionel Blair, as well as famous fans of his work including Chris Tarrant, Shazia Mirza and Jane Rossington. The programme is narrated by Helen Lederer, with Jon Culshaw featuring as the voice of Larry Grayson.
Produced for ITV