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BMHS Historian on BBC2’s Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip on 15th November

Brian O’Gorman, BMHS Historian (Variety), will be appearing on the BBC2 programme, Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip on Wednesday 15th November at 7pm. Appearing on the programme with Brian will be Debbie McGee and Chesney Hawkes.


Ken Dodd article in The Guardian


Michael Billington (one of the guests at the British Music Hall Society’s Tribute Lunch to Sir Ken Dodd on 26th October) has written an article on Doddy in The Guardian (Monday 6th November edition). The British Music Hall Society gets a mention too! To read the article, click below:

Sir Ken Dodd on Radio4 Extra



BBC Radio4 Extra will broadcast: Sir Ken Dodd: What A Beautiful Day on Sunday 5th November at 8pm, when Garry Richardson talks to Ken about his life in comedy. Contributors include David Jason, Roy Hudd, Jimmy Tarbuck and Judith Chalmers.

The Good Old Days on 10th November


BBC4 will continue their repeats of The Good Old Days on Friday 10th November at 7.30pm with a screening of an edition of the show first shown on 2nd January 1980. The bill includes John Inman, Gemma Craven, David Kernan, Bernard Spear, Gino Dolati, Micel Arene and the Lido Can Can Girls and Members of the Players’ Theatre Company. Leonard Sachs, as usual, is the Chairman.

Life And Times Of H.G. Pelissier at CAA on 30th November


October Website Updates – Lifetime Achievement Awards

The BMHS website now has photos of the 2 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners for 2017.

To find out more go to the EVENTS page and click on Lifetime Achievement Award or click below:

October Website Updates – Photos Galore!


The BMHS website now has photographs of the Ken Dodd Tribute Lunch held on Thursday 26th October. Just go to the EVENTS page and click on Ken Dodd Tribute Lunch or click below:


Finsbury Park Empire plaque unveiling photos (10 Oct 2017) (6)

There are also photographs of the ceremony in Islington on Tuesday 10th October when a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the Finsbury Park Empire. To see these photographs, go to EVENTS page and click on Associated Events or click below:

Lionel Blair unveils Alma Cogan plaque

Finally there are photographs of the ceremony in Worthing on Friday 22nd September when a Blue Plaque was unveiled to the singer Alma Cogan. To see these photographs go to EVENTS page and click on Associated Events or click below:

Ken Dodd Radio Tribute


Radio 4 Extra will be airing a special tribute to Sir Ken Dodd as he celebrates his 90th birthday next month.

On November 8th, Radio 4 Extra will hear from some of his famous fans, as well as airing an extended interview with the performer about how his career began.

What a beautiful day! is presented by BBC Sports broadcaster, Garry Richardson, who first saw him live at the age of 10, some 50 years ago. He’s joined by John Martin, a family friend of Dodd, who’s been writing jokes for him, for more than 25 years.

There are also interviews with Sir David Jason, Roy Hudd, Jimmy Tarbuck and Judith Chalmers.

The show is produced by Peter McHugh for BBC Radio 4 Extra

It airs on Sunday 5 November at 8pm and is followed by BBC archive of Sir Ken Dodd on the BBC Light Programme in 1960, in an episode of It’s Great To Be Young, alongside Judith Chalmers.

Sir Ken Dodd Tribute Lunch

On Thursday 26th October at the Lansdowne Club, the British Music Hall Society celebrated the impending 90th birthday and the recent knighthood of legendary comedian Sir Ken Dodd. Photos will appear shortly on the society’s website but in the meantime, here are a few pics from that highly successful occasion. Guests included Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Michael Billington, Alison Steadman, Jimmy Cricket, Bernie Clifton, Andy Eastwood, Steve Hewlett, Barry Cryer, The Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Liverpool, Dame Patricia Routledge, Dame June Whitfield and, of course, our President Roy Hudd and Vice President Wyn Calvin.

Sir Ken was presented with the British Music Hall Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award (a music hall chairman’s gavel) by BMHS Chairman Adam Borzone.

(Photos by John McKenzie)


In The Limelight: Neil Clark on Edgar Wallace


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The next BMHS In The Limelight meeting takes place next Thursday, 2nd November 2018 at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP at 7.45pm.  The journalist and author Neil Clark will talk about The Life And Career Of Edgar Wallace. Mr Clark is the author of Stranger Than Fiction: The Life Of Edgar Wallace, The Man Who Created King Kong.

There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations towards the expenses of meetings are greatly appreciated. All welcome

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