Tickling Tunes

Roy Hudd investigates the history of comic song.

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Roy Hudd investigates the history of comic song.

Examples and interviews illustrate how the nature of satire can shift between the savage and the almost affectionate.

Roy proves that satire is not the exclusive province of upmarket performers and is by no means restricted to politics.

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Roy explains how various occupations, past and present, have been reflected in the comic songs of their day and what they tell us about the people and their times.

Extracts and interviews combine to examine the influence of doctors and the clergy, reveal how people survive in mundane occupations and how economic factors can work in favour of comedy records.