Sir Ken Dodd's signature tune Happiness has been re-recorded by Ricky Tomlinson, Glenda Jackson and NHS workers as a "tribute" to the health service.

The much-loved star, famous for his epic stand-up shows and his tickling sticks, died aged 90 in 2018.

Before he died he praised the care he received from the "marvellous" NHS, saying "it all makes me cry with gratitude".

Now his 1964 single has been re-recorded with the chorus rewritten and Royle Family star Tomlinson filmed singing in his bath.

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The song, which also features dozens of nurses and ordinary families, is also intended to "bring a little light-hearted relief to the nation".

All the singers are from Liverpool or around the area, where Sir Ken was from.

They include Rick Astley, Jimmy Tarbuck, Shirley Ballas, Les Dennis, Claire Sweeney and Carol Decker.

Tomlinson, who is filmed singing in his bath, said: "We saw Madonna in her bath having a go, so we thought it's time we did an authentic Scouse song to get the nation smiling again and say a huge thank you to all our amazing NHS staff."

Sir Ken's widow, Lady Anne Dodd, and Tomlinson wanted to "pay a warm, joy-filled tribute to the nation's NHS workers for their brave efforts to keep us all safe from Covid-19".

Lady Anne Dodd unveils the mural of Ken Dodd at the Liverpool Royal Court Theatre in March Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

"Ken would have loved the idea of cheering up everyone across the nation by singing together his Happiness song.

Lady Anne Dodd

Happiness became Sir Ken's signature tune and he went on to sell millions of records worldwide.

The Happiness video will be released on social media by The Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation in association with The Comedy Trust and Liverpool's Royal Court and will also be on www.thecomedytrust.com

People are asked to donate to nhscharitiestogether.co.uk