Fantabulosa! 2006

It’s thirty years since comedy legend Kenneth Williams died.  we look back at the 2006 drama based on his diaries.

Fantabulosa! was a one off television play about the life and times of carry on and comedy actor Kenneth Williams.

It achieved viewing figures of 860,000  including timeshift (recording, catch up and plus one viewing), making it by far the most popular BBC Four broadcast of March 2006.

This one off drama earned it’s star Michael Sheen a Royal Television Society award for Best Male Actor and the drama itself was nominated for two BAFTA’s.


The drama portrayed the life and times of Kenneth Williams as documented in his own diaries.






Michael Sheen – Kenneth Williams
Cheryl Campbell – Lou Williams
Peter Wight – Charlie Williams
Beatie Edney – Joan Sims
Kenny Doughty – Joe Orton
Ron Cook – Peter Eade
Martin Trenaman – Tony Hancock
David Charles – Charles Hawtrey
Ewan Bailey – Kenneth Halliwell
Rachel Clarke – Barbara Windsor
Connor Garnet Comerford – Young Kenneth Williams
Beatrice Comins – St Joan/Actress
Timothy Davies – 1st Doctor
Stephen Critchlow – Kenneth Horne
Guy Henry – Hugh Paddick


Channel: BBC4
Written By: Martyn Hesford
Original Transmission Date: 13th March, 2006

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