Can You Hear Me, Mother?

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19880101An appreciation of Sandy Powell by Peter Tinniswood|Sandy Powell can rightly claim a unique place in broadcasting history with the creation of the first radio catchphrase. It was coined in the days before the Great War when the 16-year-old Rotherham lad formed a music-hall duo with his mother Lillian. For writer Peter Tinniswood , Sandy Powell was a particular inspiration. He was one of the great northern comedians who married the broad weft and warp of working-class comedy with the subtle, refined, surrealistic comic insights of Pirandello. lonesco and Stoppard.|Producer GEOFF SARGIESON BBC North East