Reputations: Kenneth Williams – Desperately Funny (BBC-2 1998)

UK / BBC Two / 2×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1998

Producer: Liz Hartford

Series: Reputations

Documentary. An indepth look at the life of camp Carry On star Kenneth Williams whose life was emotionally empty and whose stage persona couldn’t be separated from his real one.

Although homosexual, Williams lived most of his life alone in a sparsely furnished apartment, spending his evenings writing in his diaries pouring scorn on much of the people he worked with, especially Sid James whom he didn’t get on with. In fact Williams didn’t like the vast majority of the people he worked and felt that everything he worked on, especially the Carry On films, were below him.

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