Charlie Drake. Copyright: BBC.

Seven comedy icons with a seedy reputation

It seems that every day a new showbusiness career lies in tatters as the world finally catches up to the men who abuse their power to harass and grope women. But for decades bad behaviour has gone unpunished... here are seven comedians beloved in their day - and some even now - despite widespread reports of pretty salacious behaviour that surely would not be tolerated today.

Chortle, 20th November 2017

Australian radio bans 'racist' Charlie Drake song

Australia's ABC radio has banned its presenters from playing an "offensive" hit record after a listener complained that it was racist. Chart-topping 1960s novelty song My Boomerang Won't Come Back, by British comedian Charlie Drake, has now been permanently removed from Aunty's playlist.

Rob Harris, The Herald, 23rd November 2015