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Sir Ken Dodd: What a Beautiful Day!

Sir Ken Dodd died in March 2018 aged 90 years young. Garry Richardson talks to him about his life in comedy. With Sir David Jason and Judith Chalmers. From November 2017.

Born on November 8th 1927, Sir Ken Dodd performed regularly to sell-out audiences around the country. As a ten-year-old, BBC Sports broadcaster Garry Richardson first saw Sir Ken perform and his fascination with 'Britain's greatest comedian' began.

Garry has been presenting on Radio 4's Today programme for 37 years, and is the longest-serving member of the team. In his spare time he regularly travelled to Sir Ken Dodd's shows.

In this special documentary made for 4 Extra, the veteran comedian gives a fascinating insight into his life. He left school at 14 to help on his dad's coal round. Dodd explains how he went from performing with a teenage 'concert party' to a record-breaking run at the London Palladium. His long career was topped at Buckingham Palace when Sir Ken received a knighthood for his services to entertainment and charity.

With archive clips, 'What a Beautiful Day!' features an extended interview with Sir Ken, as well as new interviews with Sir David Jason, Roy Hudd, Jimmy Tarbuck, Judith Chalmers and Sir Ken's scriptwriter John Martin, who's been writing jokes for the comedian for over 25 years. All of them give their own perspective on just what made the tattyfilarious Squire of Knotty Ash's comedy tick.

Producer: Peter McHugh

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in November 2017.

1 hour, 20 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Apr 2018 20:00