The Patton Brothers Jimmy and Brian appear at the Babbacombe Theatre for the summer season. The double act began in 1954 and after appearing in the pantomime Aladdin in 1956 and in 2008 they entered the Guinness Book of Records for never having missed a pantomime performance. Their father was comedian Gene Patton and a well-known Gang Show performer who in 1943 appeared with Peter Sellers in The Number 10 RAF Gang Show. Their mother was a Rodney Hudson dancer.
The Patton Brothers are the older brothers of the Chuckle Brothers Barry and Paul Elliot. Jimmy and Brian have appeared in Chucklevision, Jimmy in 47 episodes as the character No Slacking and Brian in 21 episodes as the character Getoutofit. Chucklevison ran as a children's programme from 1987 to 2009. The four brothers have appeared as a quartet on television quiz shows and support Rotherham United Football Club. Their sister, Sheila was married to actor Bill Waddington who played Percy Sugden in Coronation Street. The Babbacombe Theatre is known for hosting successful sell-out summer seasons and responsible for launching the careers of many comedians.
The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.