A Talk by Louis Barfe on Ken Dodd will be part of the Chortle Comedy Book Festival which will take place at the British library on Sunday 19th January. Details can be found by clicking on the link below:
Details of other talks taking place that day at the Festival can be found by clicking on the link below:
The first In The Limelight meeting of 2020 will take place on Thursday 9th January . BMHS stalwart Peter Charlton will give a presentation on Harry Champion – The Quick Fire Comedian. Boiled Beef And Carrots and Any Old Iron were two of Harry’s song successes.
In The Limelight takes place at the Water Rats pub, 328, Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, WC1X 8BZ. Curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets (£8) can be booked in advance at
A repeat of an episode of Frankly Speaking from 1960, featuring Gracie Fields, will be broadcast on BBC Radio4 Extra on Saturday 28th December at 2.15pm. (Repeated at 2.15am early on Sunday 29th December.)
Ken Dodd can be heard talking to critic Michael Billington on a programme devoted to Pantomime on BBC Radio4 Extra on Friday 27th December at 1.30pm or 8.30pm. The programme, first broadcast in 1981, also features John Morley (prolific panto writer) and lasts 30 minutes.
2 Radio treats this Christmas are:
Monday 23rd December Radio 4. 2.15pm – 3pm
David Threlfall stars as Ken Dodd in Ian Billing’s comedy about winning hearts and minds. Its 1988 and the comedian faces charges of tax evasion. The story tracks the year-long battle with the tax-man including the 1989 trial.
Friday 27th December Radio4 Extra 10am -11am (repeated at 3pm and on Saturday 28th December at 3am!)
Puss In Boots
A repeat of a 1979 pantomime recorded before a live audience starring
Arthur Askey, Anita Harris, Alfred Marks and Kenneth Connor
with a script by Chris Emmett.
Marie Lloyd: Queen Of The Halls
Wednesday 4th March 2020 13.00 – 13.45pm
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
V&A, South Kensington
On the 150th anniversary of her birth and to celebrate International Women’s Day, BMHS committee members Alison Young and Christine Padwick look at the life and career of the first female celebrity of popular entertainment. Irreverent, generous, bold and mischievous, she exemplified the gusto of the music hall, the one place in Victorian England where a woman could be in control. She spanned the peak years of this unique form of entertainment from her first appearance at the age of 15 until her death in 1922. Loved by her audiences she counted Edward VII, G.B.Shaw and T.S.Eliot among her fans. In contrast her private life was often unhappy; married three times, she suffered humiliation and domestic abuse. Her song successes included The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery, Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way, Oh! Mr. Porter and A Little Of What You Fancy Does You Good.
Further information can be found at:
The television channel, Talking Pictures will be screening vintage episodes of the ITV variety show, Sunday Night At The London Palladium on a weekly basis from Sunday 19th January 2020.