Main content
This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer

Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were

A celebration of the life and work of one of Britain's favourite entertainers, Sir Ken Dodd, as told in his own words and with testimony from friends and family.

For over six decades, Sir Ken Dodd was one of Britain's favourite entertainers - a comedian whose surreal world of tickling sticks, jam butty mines and Diddymen kept generations of audiences entertained, from his professional debut in 1954 to his final curtain call in December 2017. In Sir Ken's own words and with testimony from friends, family and colleagues who knew him best, this revealing documentary film tells the story of his incredible life and long career, which included a record-breaking run at The London Palladium in the 1960s, numerous television series and specials, countless summer seasons and variety shows, a string of hit records and a touring one-man show that continued right into his ninetieth year.

Sir Ken's wife Lady Anne talks about his love of being on stage and their life spent together in Knotty Ash, and his friends and peers discuss his unique and enduring relationship with the British public. In addition to rarely seen archive of Sir Ken's work on stage and television, the programme features home movies and family photography from his own personal archive. Featured interviewees include Dara O Briain, Ricky Tomlinson, Alex Horne, Jimmy Tarbuck, Stephanie Cole, Roy Hudd, Joe Pasquale, Ian St John, Roger McGough, Bishop James Jones and Claire Sweeney. Craig Charles narrates.

1 hour, 14 minutes

Last on

Mon 27 Apr 2020 20:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Ken Dodd



Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Russ Abbot
Interviewed Guest Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest Stephanie Cole
Interviewed Guest Lorna Dickinson
Interviewed Guest Paul Gambaccini
Interviewed Guest David Hamilton
Interviewed Guest Norma Hornby
Interviewed Guest Alex Horne
Interviewed Guest Roy Hudd
Interviewed Guest Julia Jesson
Interviewed Guest John Lewis
Interviewed Guest Linda Lewis
Interviewed Guest Ryan Lewis
Interviewed Guest John Martin
Interviewed Guest Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest Dara O Briain
Interviewed Guest Joe Pasquale
Interviewed Guest Barry Reeves
Interviewed Guest Peter Rogan
Interviewed Guest Stephen Shakeshaft
Interviewed Guest Ian St John
Interviewed Guest Claire Sweeney
Interviewed Guest Jimmy Tarbuck
Interviewed Guest Ricky Tomlinson
Interviewed Guest Tim Vine
Interviewed Guest Anne Dodd
Executive Producer Mark Wells
Producer Tony Nicholson
Production Company Double Yellow Television
Executive Producer Laurie Mansfield


  • Boxing Day 2018 21:00
  • Sat 29 Dec 2018 00:40
  • Mon 27 Apr 2020 20:30