BBC Radio 2 airs tribute to Mike Yarwood
Radio and TV production company Made in Manchester has made a special festive tribute to impressionist Mike Yarwood for BBC Radio 2’s Boxing Day schedule.
Mike Yarwood: So This Is Him! will air on BBC Radio 2 from 9pm till 10pm on Wednesday and is presented by Rory Bremner.
Creative Director and Executive Producer Ashley Byrne says: “It’s a great programme reminding us of the talent of one our largely forgotten stars. Mike Yarwood’s impressions of Prime Ministers’ Edward Heath and Harold Wilson as well Prince Charles, Frank Spencer and many others characterised those individuals for a generation.”
Yarwood’s BBC and ITV shows impersonating politicians, royals and celebrities were among the most popular TV shows of the 70s and early 80s – regularly competing with the likes of Morecambe and Wise for top spot at Christmas.
Ashley adds: “The programme also includes interviews with other great impressionists including Les Dennis and Jon Culshaw. It’s a brilliant listen with plenty of memories.”
Made in Manchester has made programmes for every BBC national network this year.
“We are entering 2013 with a good slate of commissions for both the BBC and international broadcasters,” says Ashley.
Mike Yarwood: So This is Him! is produced by MIM’s comedy expert producer Phil Collinge.