Classic TVNetworkNew ReleasesLes Dawson At ITV: The Specials (3 Discs, Cert PG)
7 hrs. 30 mins.
Les Dawson’s self-deprecating and enduringly bleak humour, coupled with a world-weary delivery honed in the working men’s clubs of northern England, made him one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. Sez Les firmly established Dawson’s reputation, running for over seven years and bringing his dour humour to a wider viewing public. The success of this series enabled him to do a run of ‘specials’ throughout the 1970s, and this set collects all nine – including two Christmas Specials and all four editions of Dawson and Friends: hour-long specials featuring the trademark mix of rambling monologues, sketches in which special guests appear alongside Les’s own comic characters, and musical entertainment. Among the stars joining Les and stalwart sideman Roy Barraclough are John Cleese, Humphrey Lyttelton, Lulu, Willie Rushton, Olivia Newton-John, Dennis Waterman, Fred Trueman and Lynsey De Paul.
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