Les Dawson.

Chequebook And Pen

Chequebook And Pen

Johnny Vegas stars as Les Dawson in a play which asks how the BBC might have engaged with him during the 1980s

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Johnny Vegas, Nicholas Parsons, Shobna Gulati, Mick Miller, Mark Chatterton, Paul Foot, Catherine Kinsella and Peter Slater
Andrew Lynch and Johnny Vegas
Jim Poyser
Sally Harrison

Johnny Vegas pays tribute to legendary comedian Les Dawson in a fictional and comic flight of fancy co-starring Nicholas Parsons.

Les has a way with words but is rather crumpled, a little shambolic and unpredictable when he is faced with representing a national institution.

Nicholas Parsons is Farson, a resplendent foil for Dawson. Farson embraces and embodies the forces of the "traditional BBC". He is a nemesis to Les and all he stands for and aims to subvert.

This comic play imagines how the BBC might have engaged Les back in the Eighties to become a game show great in its then flagship show, Blankety Blank.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 16th December 2010 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 14th January 2013 at 2:15pm