Les Dawson - An Audience with That Never Was

Les Dawson: An Audience With That Never Was


Britain lost one of its most cherished talents when Les Dawson died of a heart attack in 1993, aged just 62. He had been due to record An Audience with… two weeks later; now, thanks to the wonders of technology, a version of Dawson will at last “present” the show after 20 years.

ITV promises a television first: a “staggeringly realistic” 3D holographic projection of the comic. Friends Bruce Forsyth, Terry Wogan and Ken Dodd recall their memories and, courtesy of Dawson’s widow Tracy, there’s treasured family-video footage of Dawson with his daughter Charlotte, who was only eight months old when her father died.


When the Manchester-born funnyman died in June 1993, he was just weeks away from recording An Audience with Les Dawson. This tribute, made 20 years later, tells the story of the TV special that never was, revisits the original content planned for that show and presents it for a celebrity audience, featuring the comedian in the form of a hologram. The programme also hears from a host of stars who worked with him, including Bruce Forsyth, Cilla Black, Terry Wogan and Ken Dodd.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Bruce Forsyth
Contributor Cilla Black
Contributor Terry Wogan
Contributor Ken Dodd
Director Simon Staffurth
Executive Producer Claudia Rosencrantz
Executive Producer Mark Wells
Executive Producer Glen Middleham
Producer Sonal Patel
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