Howaay The Laughs

Comedian Richard Morton presents a series about the comedy of Tyneside.

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20060312

Richard Morton explores the comedy of Tyneside.

1/2. Profiling the performers of the post war years, adored in the working men's clubs, who found the barriers of culture and language just too high to allow them to succeed outside their native North East.

They include the 'Little Waster', Bobby Thompson, arguably Tyneside's best-loved comic, who finally made it onto the Wogan show on BBC ONE three years before his death.

20060319

Richard Morton explores the comedy of Tyneside.

2/2. How Tyneside humour broke out into the mainstream, with a new openness towards regional dialect and identity in the 1960s. Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais recall the creation of the Likely Lads, and Ross Noble reflects on his rise to comedy superstardom.

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He recalls the performers of the post-war years, adored in the working-men's clubs, who found the barriers of culture and language just too high to allow them to succeed outside their native North East.

They include the Little Waster, Bobby Thompson, arguably Tyneside's best-loved comic, who finally made it onto the Wogan show on BBC ONE three years before his death.

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He tells the story of how Tyneside humour broke out into the mainstream, with a new openness towards regional dialect and identity in the 1960s.

Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais recall the creation of the Likely Lads, and Ross Noble reflects on his rise to global comedy superstardom.