Les Dawson

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Climate action can’t be endlessly put off | Brief letters
Brief letters: Climate cliff edge | Canned Heat | Unwashed hair | Sweetpeas | Eider ducks


10, Nov, 2021 @5:20 PM

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Top 10 books about comedy | Louis Barfe
Ken Dodd’s biographer picks his zingers from the literature of laughter-giving

Louis Barfe

04, Dec, 2019 @1:03 PM

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Stop the world, I need a break | Victoria Coren Mitchell
The news is terrible, but here are some things to force it out of your mind for a moment

Victoria Coren Mitchell

17, Jun, 2017 @11:05 PM

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Desert Island Discs: 75 defining moments from 75 years of castaways
The show’s first guest was marooned three quarters of a century ago this month. Here are the moments that made Desert Island Discs a radio classic

Stephen Moss

06, Jan, 2017 @3:56 PM

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Blankety Blank is back – let's hope it doesn't get the Keith Lemon treatment
The gameshow is returning to ITV. Again. But will anyone manage to match the effortless elegance of Terry Wogan as its new host?

Stuart Heritage

15, Aug, 2016 @12:21 PM

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I don't believe it! Victor Meldrew role almost went to Les Dawson
One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson reveals he originally turned down the part, thinking he was too young to play the cantankerous grump

John Plunkett

26, Jul, 2016 @6:00 AM

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Whatever happened to the Great British Battleaxe? | Lucy Mangan
Alan Bennett is right to lament the disappearance of these indomitable matriarchs – they were a wonder of my childhood

Lucy Mangan

02, Sep, 2015 @3:20 PM

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Hippy crack: how celebrities balloon from nowhere
A puff of nitrous oxide is all it takes for full-blown notoriety

Marina Hyde

30, Jul, 2015 @5:25 PM

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Les Dawson's secret past as 'Maria Brett-Cooper', author of romantic thrillers

The late comedian, previously best known for dodgy piano playing, mother-in-law jokes and Blankety Blank, also wrote thrillers about haunted gold and global apocalypse

10, Feb, 2014 @6:09 PM

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Les Dawson wrote secret romantic novel under a female pseudonym
Comedian's widow compares unpublished manuscript An Echo of Shadows by 'Maria Brett-Cooper' to a Barbara Taylor Bradford

Alison Flood

10, Feb, 2014 @4:10 PM

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Comedy gold – Les Dawson
Behind the gurning game-show host was a complex comic who captured the hearts of the British TV-watching public

Leo Benedictus

03, Jun, 2013 @12:24 PM

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Can a hologram Les Dawson tell 'em like he used to? | Brian Logan
Brian Logan: The deceased Dawson – and his gags – are being resurrected for a last show. But a hologram can't compare to the real thing

Brian Logan

31, May, 2013 @8:30 PM

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