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How honoured I am to be on Songs Of Praise.

Byline: By CATHERINE JONES Culture Reporter

THE life and career of legendary Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd is being celebrated with a host of TV and radio tributes.

The Squire of Knotty Ash, who this week held a celebration at the Liner hotel to mark 55 years in showbus-iness, will be at the centre of a special Songs Of Praise on Sunday, November 4.

He will also be the subject of an hour-long BBC2 Arena programme covering, in his words, "what it's like to be a gigster".

The veteran comedian, voted the greatest living Merseysider, has also recorded a special one-hour Radio 4 show due for broadcast on November 3.

The programme, How Tickled I've Been, was recorded at the Actors Studio in Seel Street and features Doddy in conversation with Ricky Tomlinson about his life and influences, intercut with archive radio footage.

BBC producer Stephen Garner said: "We had a great time, it was one of those nights I'll remember forever.

"He talks about his influences, growing up listening to Children's Hour, and what made him the Ken Dodd we know and love."

On the subject of Songs Of Praise, Doddy, who turns 80 next month, said: "It was a great privilege to be asked and a wonderful experience. I was allowed to choose the hymns, and I picked all good tunes.

"I was a choirboy - until they found out where the noise was coming from.

"I took the film crew around our beautiful city to the gorgeous Scandinavian church and spent an hour with the Bishop of Liverpool where we had tea and cakes.

"We also had an exciting visit to the Love And Joy gospel choir in Oakfield Road and we all sang Happiness."

How Tickled I've Been can be heard on Radio 4 at 8pm on Saturday, November 3. Songs of Praise will be on BBC1 at 5.30pm on November 4.

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Date:Oct 20, 2007
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