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I Did It My Way: Roy Hudd

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Peter Reed 17:33, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Arthur Lowe, James Beck, Maggie Penn, Sheila Bernette and Roy Hudd

The much-loved comedian Roy Hudd turns 75 on Monday, but we hear he's got no plans to simply put his feet up and relax with a slice of birthday cake.

Instead Roy will be starring in his very own birthday bash - a week of shows at the Brick Lane Music Hall in East London.

Radio 4 extra is also marking Roy's birthday with another chance to hear our 3 hour special I Did It My Way (Saturday 14th May 09.00 & 20.00). Roy will be looking back over his long radio life and times - as well as talking about his love of Music Hall and Max Miller in particular.

He'll be sharing behind-the-scenes stories of making his on-air hit shows and recalling some of the many stars he's worked with - as well as revealing his more dramatic side as an actor.

Roy will also reveal one of his favourite items of radio memorabilia from his past - it was far too big to bring in the studio! - as well as describing how his long-running The News Huddlines finally came to an end.

Roy will be telling me about his thoughts on political correctness in comedy - as well as answering questions sent in by our listeners.

This was the second time I'd been lucky enough to interview Roy - and he didn't stop making us all laugh during the recording.

Here are Roy's choices from his own back catalogue: The News Huddlines (06/6/79), The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (16/01/1999), the Sony Gold winning Huddwinks (14/8/86) and Peter Tinniswood's play The Scan (29/09/1999).

Many happy returns Roy for Monday!

Peter Reed is a Senior Producer at BBC Radio 4 Extra

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