Soup In A Basket

Comedian Lee Mack tells the story of the Northern clubs in their heyday.



What Clubland was like 40 years ago, featuring interviews and archive material from Shirley Bassey, Russ Abbot, Mike Yarwood, The Grumbleweeds, Julie Rogers, Bob Preedy, Norman Collier, Les Dawson and Mike Harding.


The glory days of Batley Variety Club, the dream of local tycoon James Corrigan. Artists who performed there included The Bachelors, Louis Armstrong, Tony Hancock, Jayne Mansfield, Roy Orbison and Gracie Fields

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He examines the time when the great cabaret heyday subsides, and the Batley Variety Club and Wakefield Theatre Club are forced to close.
With contributions and new interviews with Russ Abbot, Carl Denver Trio guitarist Kevin Neill, agent Michael Black, founder of Batley Variety Club James Corrigan, Batley Variety Club musical director Dick Hawdon, Batley Variety Club general manager Alan Clegg, Batley historian Bob Preedy, Batley artistes booker Derek Smith, Batley Frontier operations director John Hill, Wakefield Theatre Club musical director Willie Hurst, comedian Bernie Clifton, Marti Caine, The Grumbleweeds, Wakefield drummer Ronnie Bottomley and club singer Pat O'Hare.