The Ken Dodd Show

Starring: Ken Dodd
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN: 978 1 405 67825 4
Available 02 July 2007

The squire of Knotty Ash waves his tickling stick in these four classic BBC radio episodes. Welcome to Doddy's world of whimsy, where the puns fly thick and fast, and the quips are as surreal as they are saucy. With mirth-quaking jokes and a juggernaut of japes, Ken Dodd gives us his own unique take on topics as diverse as the European Union, sport, the good things in life and people who have shocked the world. There are also favourite Doddy ballads, including Because of You, Morning Please Don't Come and Love Me With all of Your Heart...

Join Doddy and just suppose what life would be like if everything were topsy-turvy, or there was no such thing as different sexes. Find out who's making history in the Brown Ale Book of Records, and examine last week's news and events with the Hindsight Team. And ponder the great questions of life with Professor Chuckabutty - like, do electricians flex their muscles? Should we be ruled by Brussels, or leeks? Is tossing the caber just a clever Scotsman's way of getting a stolen telegraph pole home?

Sadly this comedy series has aged poorly. The four episodes collected here were originally broadcast in 1972 and 1975. The TUC spokesman on the first episode tells Dodd he can only use 12 jokes in the episode. Sadly, there are only about 12 jokes that will make you smile over the whole four episodes.

The jokes are so bad, that I actually found that the best segments were Dodd's singing. This collection will only appeal to people who found the show funny in the '70s - everyone else will wonder how on earth this show ever got commissioned in the first place.

Darren Rea

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