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Tribute to a larger than life comedy legend.

SWEARY, smutty gags were all part of what made Dave Allen one of the comedy greats - and also what brought about the downfall of his career.

The legendary Irish joker was a trailblazer, whose late-night BBC2 series Dave Allen at Large, full of stories and skits from his famous bar stool, won rave reviews.

Although his career was brought to an end when he used the F-word in an innocuous joke.

In homage to his original TV show, this biopic dramatises his life, from his childhood and into his 40-year career.

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen gamely plays the comic, who died aged 68 in 2005.

Drama is interspersed with Aidan re-enacting some of Dave's most famous skits, as well as some of his bar stool stories.

As a young David's childhood PICK OF THE DAY DAVE ALLEN AT PEACE BBC2, 9pm plays out, we see him and his brother disciplined with the cane by a nun (Pauline McLynn).

Then we find out how he famously lost half his finger - although in later years, we only ever heard wonderfully outrageous stories - he lost it by firing squad or it dissolved in a glass of whiskey.

"You'll never be stuck for a story," says his dad (played by Tommy Tiernan). "What kind of idiot chooses the truth over a good story?" Advice that Dave clearly took to heart.

It is an exploration of how Dave's comedy genius was shaped by the tragic loss of his brother, his father, and his finger, and how he faced anger from the church, the IRA and finally the television studios.

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Aiden Gillen as Dave Allen, right, and in a re-enactment of one of the Irish comedian's famous skits, left

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