Tickling sticks, diddy men, Knotty Ash - all these can mean but one thing: that this week's Desert Island Discs castaway is comedian Ken Dodd. Though his professional debut took place some 36 years ago, Mr Dodd still proclaims himself a mere spring chicken of 35 or, at a pinch, 36. As befits most jesters, he has had his share of troubles along with the laughter. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his library of books on humour, the loyalty of his audience through good and bad times and his early years in Knotty Ash, where he still lives in his childhood home.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: For The Good Times by Perry Como
Book: Times Atlas of the World
Luxury: A box of scented soap

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Fri 8 Jun 1990 09:05


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PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestKen Dodd

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