Peter Sellers as Laurence Olivier as Richard III reciting lyrics from The Beatles's 'A Hard Day's Night'

Peter Sellers was a classic character actor but this took it a step further. In 1965, on an episode of a Beatles-tribute variety show called The Music of Lennon and McCartney, Sellers did a rendition of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in the style of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III.

Watch Olivier’s original performance for a comparison of this meta-acting delight.

Peter Sellers and the complete guide to accents of the British Isles

In a 1979 sketch, he presented “The Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles”, as Don Shulman, an American professor of “accents and languages”. He travels through Europe and Britain playing numerous accents from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. Everything seems to be going well but then the sketch takes a dangerous turn…

“There was no Peter Sellers […] He was close to panic as himself and came alive only when he was impersonating someone else.” – Bruce Jay Friedman

Stream both parts below.

Peter Sellers: Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles (pt1)
Peter Sellers: Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles (pt2)