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Sir Ken Dodd's famous one-liners

Sir Ken Dodd has been in showbusiness since 1954 Credit: pa

Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd has a royal appointment at Buckingham Palace later, to receive his Knighthood. The 89 year old from Knotty Ash was given the accolade in the New Years Honours List.


  • My Dad knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby he said, 'Is this a joke?"
  • Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn's cocktail party? He pulled a mussel.
  • I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months. I don't like to interrupt her.
  • I told the Inland Revenue I didn't owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside.
  • 5 out of every 3 people have trouble understanding fractions

Sir Ian McKellen opening gay rights exhibition

Sir Ian McKellen Credit: Isabel Infantes PA Wire/PA Images

The actor and campaigner Sir Ian McKellen is opening a new exhibition in Manchester on gay rights.

Sir Ian, who grew up in Wigan, will open the 'Never Going Underground' exhibition at the People's History Museum later.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the first gay rights marches and Sexual Offences Act - passed on July 27, 1967.

It also comes on the 60th anniversary of the Wolfenden report, which proposed that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence".


Watch: Manchester music legends Sad Cafe

As part of our Hidden Histories series, we've been delving into the past.

The Rafters Club in Manchester was the springboard for many bands in the 70's and 80's.

Among them were a group of lads from Manchester called Sad Cafe who enjoyed global success. Here's a treat of them performing 'Black Rose' at Rafters in 1977 exclusively for Granada Television.

And we've been catching up with guitarist Ian Wilson who has very fond memories of Sad Cafe.

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