How Tickled Am I?

A six-part series exploring the tradition of the northern comedian.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the North's best-loved and most influential comedians.

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A six-part series exploring the tradition of the northern comedian.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the North's best-loved and most influential comedians.

Mark Radcliffe tells the story of the bad lad of showbiz. He was 'a gargoyle, a grotesque, and the funniest man alive'.

Mark Radcliffe tells the story of 'a gargoyle, a grotesque, and the funniest man alive'.

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Mark Radcliffe tells the story of 'the bad lad of showbiz'.

He was 'a gargoyle, a grotesque - and the funniest man alive'.

In this programme, Mark Radcliffe looks at Frank Randle, the rebel from Wigan.He was 'a gargoyle, a grotesque - and the funniest man alive'.

0102Jimmy Clitheroe1999041319990901
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Mark Radcliffe profiles the diminutive entertainer who starred as a schoolboy on radio.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the diminutive entertainer who starred as a schoolboy on radio. Was he ever allowed to grow up? From April 1999.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the diminutive entertainer who starred as a schoolboy on radio. Was he ever allowed to grow up?

Was he ever allowed to grow up?

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of Jimmy Clitheroe, the comedian who was most at home on stage.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of Jimmy Clitheroe who only felt the same as others when he was doing his radio show.

Jimmy Clitheroe, Britain's shortest comedian, who made his name as the star of the longest-running situation comedy on radio.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of the little man with the big talent.

But was 'Jim' a boy who was never allowed to grow up?

0103Les Dawson1999042019990908
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Mark Radcliffe reviews the career of the Mancunian wordsmith.

Mark Radcliffe reviews the career of the Mancunian wordsmith, who started out playing piano in a Parisian brothel. From April 1999.

Mark Radcliffe reviews the career of the Mancunian wordsmith, who started out playing piano in a Parisian brothel.

Mark Radcliffe looks at Les Dawson, the Mancunian wordsmith who began his career by playing piano in a Paris brothel.

Les Dawson: Mark Radcliffe looks at the life and work of Les Dawson: Mancunian wordsmith, PARISian brothel pianist, and door-to-door salesman.

Les Dawson, the Mancunian wordsmith who began his career by playing piano in a PARIS brothel.

He went on to become one of this country's most popular comedians.

0104Sandy Powell1999042719990915
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Mark Radcliffe remembers the comedian famed for his catchphrase and comic ventriloquism.

'Can You Hear Me Mother?' Famed for his catchphrase and comic ventriloquism, Mark Radcliffe remembers the Rotherham comedian.

Mark Radcliffe looks at Sandy Powell, the Rotherham entertainer who delighted audiences with his dreadful ventriloquist acts.

Sandy Powell's mother was a great influence on him and often performed with him on stage.

Sandy Powell, the entertainer from Rotherham who delighted audiences with his dreadful ventriloquist acts.

0105Ken Dodd1999050419990922
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Mark Radcliffe reveals how Ken Dodd became one of the greatest comic acts of our time.

Mark Radcliffe reveals how the tattyfilarious Squire of Knotty Ash became one of the greatest comic acts of our time.

<Mark Radcliffe looks at the surreal world of Ken Dodd and finds out how the Squire of Knotty Ash and his tickling stick, flying hair and protruding teeth became one of the great comic acts of our time.

Mark Radcliffe finds out how the Squire of Knotty Ash and his tickling stick became one of the great comic acts of our time.

0106 LASTJimmy James1999051119990929
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Mark Radcliffe looks at the comedians' comedian, Jimmy James.

: Mark Radcliffe looks at the comedians' comedian, Jimmy James, a teetotaller revered for his stage act of playing a drunk.

Mark Radcliffe looks at the comedians' comedian - a teetotaller revered for his stage act of playing a drunk.

Mark Radcliffe looks at the teetotaller revered for his stage act of playing a drunk.

Jimmy James, the comedians' comedian.

Flanked by his stooges, he convincingly played the part of the drunk, even though he was a staunch teetotaller.

Mark Radcliffe looks at the comedians' comedian, who was revered for his drunk act even though he was a teetotaller.

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We kick off series two with an affectionate look at the life and career of the man who was born John Eric Bartholomew on 14th May 1926, in the front room of his parents' neighbours' house at 42 Buxton Street, Morecambe in Lancashire.

Mark Radcliffe takes us through Eric's long career, which started before his tenth birthday up until his premature death in May 1984.

With contributions from people who knew Eric, including Michael Grade, this is a fine tribute to a much loved comic.

'I never really wanted to be a performer...' - Mark Radcliffe traces the career of the one-time director of Luton Town FC.

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Mark Radcliffe on the career of one of the most successful comedians of the 1950s and 60s.

Mark Radcliffe traces the career of the fiddler who became one of the most successful comedians of the 1950s and 60s.

Mark Radcliffe traces the career of the fiddler who became an icon of British comedy.

Ted Ray talks about learning to play the violin which would become his trademark, and how his real passion when young was football.

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Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of a true all-round performer who was equally at home in straight or comedy roles.

Mark Radcliffe profiles a performer who was equally at home in straight or comedy roles.

This week, a profile of the multi-talented Beryl Reid, whose career spanned music hall, variety, stand-up comedy and straight roles such as the lead in `The Killing of Sister George'.

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Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of the sausage-maker from Salford who became one of Britain's most popular radio comedians.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of one of Britain's most popular radio comedians.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of the comedian Al Read, whose grandfather was the first person to put sausages in a tin.

Did you know that Al Read's grandfather was the first person to put sausages in a tin?

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Mark Radcliffe profiles the variety star best remembered as magistrate Mr Muddlecombe JP.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the variety star best remembered as Nether Backwash magistrate Mr Muddlecombe JP. With Ken Dodd.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the variety star best remembered as Nether Backwash magistrate Mr Muddlecombe JP. Features Ken Dodd.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the variety star best remembered as Nether Backwash magistrate Mr Muddlecombe JP.

Features Ken Dodd.

Mark Radcliffe on the man who gave us Mr Muddlecombe JP and The Day War Broke Out.

With comments from Ken Dodd.

Mark Radcliffe looks at Robb Wilton, best known for playing the bumbling magistrate Mr Muddlecombe JP during the war.

Best known for playing Mr Muddlecombe JP, he was a man who was as warm and friendly off stage as he was on.

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Mark Radcliffe profiles popular comedian Will Hay, remembered for both his film acting talents and his passion for astronomy.

Profile of the popular comedian remembered for his acting - and his passion for astronomy.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the popular comedian remembered for his film acting talents - and his passion for astronomy.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the popular comedian, who loved both acting and astronomy.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the popular comedian, who combined his acting talent with an equally passionate love of astronomy.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of the great observationalist comedian Will Hay, who died in 1949.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of the great observational comedian, Will Hay, who died in 1949.

The stage, film and radio actor best remembered for his `Diary of a Schoolmaster', and for his contribution to astronomy.

Mark Radcliffe profiles the great comedian, who combined his acting talent with an equally passionate love of astronomy.

Mark Radcliffe on the comedian known for his acting talents and his passion for astronomy.

0304 LASTHarry Worth2001121120030330
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Mark Radcliffe profiles comedian Harry Worth, a miner in Barnsley before taking the stage.

Mark Radcliffe profiles comedian Harry Worth, who was a miner in Barnsley before taking to the stage and a life in showbiz.

Mark Radcliffe presents a profile of the comedian who once worked as a miner in Barnsley.

The life of the comedian as told through interviews and clips.

Mark Radcliffe presents the life of the comic actor as told through interviews and clips.

The life of Harry Worth as told through interviews and clips.

A ventriloquist after the war, he was advised to `ditch the dummy' by Stan Laurel and never looked back.