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Albert Modley is one of the almost-forgotten names of northern comedy, and yet in his day, he was as famous as his contemporaries Al Read, Frank Randle and Norman Evans.

He began his career as an entertainer during the 1926 General Strike, and found fame as a pantomime dame and Variety comedian throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, spurred on by his indomitable wife Doris. Remarkably, he enjoyed a second career, while nominally in retirement, as an actor in the 1970s, appearing in The Leslie Crowther Show on ITV and in two Alan Bennett plays for the BBC.

Alan Bennett, the film director Stephen Frears and the TV comedy producer William G Stewart are among those who recall their experiences of working with Albert Modley in this tribute to a man whose name deserves to be remembered as a fine example of the northern comedy tradition. Presented by Marc Riley.