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Frank Skinner to front George Formby BBC Four documentary

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Frank Skinner will front a BBC Four documentary about the life of musician and film star George Formby.

Skinner's show will attempt to uncover the secret behind Formby's success and enduring legacy.

Formby made the equivalent of £3 million-a-year in his pomp. He made 19 movies between 1934 and 1946, and was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1941.

He also released more than 200 records, including his most famous hits 'Leaning on a Lamp Post' and 'With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock'. The latter was famously banned by the BBC because it was considered too adult for general broadcast.

When Formby died in 1961, more than 150,000 people lined the streets of his hometown Warrington to celebrate the star's life.

Skinner said: "As long as ukuleles exist people will come to George Formby conventions to watch those solos - every little move of the finger, every little twitch of the wrist. We all want to play like that and that will keep George Formby's memory alive forever."

Frank Skinner on George Formby, which is produced by Avalon, will air on October 27 at 9pm on BBC Four.

Skinner will return to BBC Two in November for another series of Opinionated.

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