Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were

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Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were


Ken Dodd, who died in March, was often called the last great variety comic. He was king of one-liners ("Did any of us in our wildest dreams think we'd live long enough to see the end of the DFS sale?”) but also a marathon man, with the longest ever run at a single theatre and a habit of performing for hours at a stretch (“A watch is no good for you in this show. You need a calendar”). With his tattyfilarious hair and buck teeth ("I'm the only person that can peel an orange through a tennis racket”), he looked and sounded like no one else.

This profile charts Sir Ken’s life and career, from his birth in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash to his death in the same house 90 years later.


A celebration of the life and work of the comedian, recounting his life from his boyhood growing up in the 1930s in Knotty Ash through to his big break and continued career in showbusiness. Dodd's career spanned 50 years and after his rapid rise to stardom, he maintained his presence via countless television and radio shows, theatre tours and summer seasons with work ranging from pantomime to Shakespeare. He also enjoyed a spell as a successful recording artist and remained active until just a few months before his death aged 90. This programme features contributions from his friends and colleagues and includes an interview with his widow Anne.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Anne Dodd
Narrator Craig Charles
Director Ian Denyer
Executive Producer Mark Wells
Executive Producer Laurie Mansfield
Producer Tony Nicholson
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