What a fine day, missus
Friday 10 March 1995
Have you ever wondered about Ken Dodd? Does that tickling stick keep you awake? Did you ever ponder his comic influences? Well, worry no more. Knotty Ash's distinguished denizen (right) comes Face to Face (Mon 11.15pm BBC2) with Jeremy Isaacs to answer those questions that have been torturing the nation's collective consciousness all these years. The rehabilitation of the farceur as cultural icon is one of the more puzzling phenomena of this puzzling decade. After years of sneers from the Arts establishment, they seem suddenly to be falling over themselves to get Dodd, Manning et al to talk about their "technique" and their "art". Has populism finally come into its own, or is this a bizarrely witty way of putting two fingers up at those who make a living from accusing the BBC of elitism?
Back on safer intellectual ground, Yale graduate and acknowledged big brain Jodie Foster (right) hogs the spotlight
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 5 Watch Richard Dawkins read his own hatemail: 'I hope you do get sodomised by satanic monkeys in hell'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now