BBC Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton will present the story of her great-uncle in a new documentary on BBC Radio 2 this Christmas.
Her great uncle was bandleader Billy Cotton – WW1 pilot, racing driver, footballer and philanderer, and millions tuned in each week on radio and TV to The Billy Cotton Bandshow, always preceded by his catchphrase of Wakey Wakey.
With Roy Hudd (who plays Billy) bringing lost interviews to life, Fearne learns how the bandleader who couldn’t read music became the most famous entertainer of his day. It includes contributions from Sandie Shaw, Lord Michael Grade and many of Billy’s colleagues, family and friends.
The documentary, on-air December 23rd at 10pm, is produced by Ralph Bernard and is a Quidem production.