The Interviews. Copyright: North One Television.

The Interviews

Gold documentary. 12 episodes (2 series), 2015 - 2016. Features Dawn French and Tamsin Greig.

The Interviews. Copyright: North One Television.

Series 1, Episode 3 - Les Dawson

The life story of Les Dawson, all as told by the man himself.

Further details

This episode tells the life story of the rubber-faced comedian, famous for his downtrodden humour and 'wife and mother in law' jokes.

His life was a classic tale of triumph over adversity, battling hardship and tragedy to become one of the country's most successful and best loved entertainers. In revealing radio and TV interviews from throughout his career, Les talks about his impoverished upbringing in the slums of Manchester and his numerous dead-end jobs before he finally made it in show business.

He reveals how the defining moment of his career came about when he went on stage in Hull the worse for drink and in the process stumbled upon his lugubrious comedic style, poking fun at his nearest and dearest. Les also discusses his private life, how he coped with the loss of his wife Meg to cancer, and - in a remarkably frank radio interview recorded a week before his death - what he thought awaited him in the afterlife.

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 8th July 2015
Time
9pm
Channel
Gold
Length
60 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Dawn French Narrator
    Guest cast
    Les Dawson Self (Archive Material)
    Michael Parkinson Self (Archive Material)
    Terry Wogan Self (Archive Material)
    Jonathan Ross Self (Archive Material)
    Gloria Hunniford Self (Archive Material)
    Selina Scott Self (Archive Material)
    Roy Plomley Self (Archive Material)
    Judy Finnigan Self (Archive Material)
    Richard Madeley Self (Archive Material)
    Neil Kinnock Self (Archive Material)
    Production team
    Mike Williams Series Producer
    John Quinn Executive Producer
    Iain Coyle Executive Producer
    Sean Doherty Executive Producer
    Tom Heaney Editor
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