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Duration: 1 hour

Ford Kiernan celebrates the anarchic humour of The Dandy that has kept kids of all ages giggling for three quarters of a century.

This classic Scottish comic has just ceased publication - but Ford discovers that there is still life left in Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat.

Ford meets Dandy artists and writers, past and present, and an entire gang of fans including comedians Frank Skinner and Sanjeev Kohli, actors Brian Cox and Bill Paterson, writer Alan Bissett, veteran musicians Jimmie Macgregor and Tom Alexander, indie rocker Kyle Falconer from The View, and four-times Oscar-winning animator Nick Park.

The Dandy was launched in December 1937, and - priced at just two old pence, less than a modern penny - quickly became a hit with children in an era of recession and hardship.

Despite shortages of manpower and paper, The Dandy continued to publish during World War II to help keep children's morale up, and its writers and artists mercilessly lampooned Hitler and his Nazi regime.

Last on

Mon 31 Dec 2012 21:00 BBC One Scotland only


Ford Kiernan
Frank Skinner
Sanjeev Kohli
Brian Cox
Bill Patterson
Alan Bissett
Jimmie Macgregor
Tom Alexander
Nick Park
Les Wilson
Julie McCrone


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