Doddy praises Goddy

Ken films Songs Of Praise special

Ken Dodd is returning to TV – as the subject of a special edition of Songs of Praise.

The comic, whose last starring role on the small screen was 25 years ago, will show viewers around his native Liverpool in the religious programme, which will coincide with this 80th birthday.

The programme also includes a gospel choir singing his theme tune, Happiness.

The comic told the Liverpool Daily Post: ‘I thought it was wonderful to be asked. I was thrilled, excited, and full of plumptiousness that they were going to put Knotty Ash on the map.’

‘I think I’m still 35. The doctor asked how old I was and I said “I’m approaching 50”. He said, “from which direction?”’

When he was six, Dodd became a choirboy at St John the Evangelist Church, in Knotty Ash, and where he still worships today.

Producer John Forrest said: ‘Ken talks about his faith, humour, and Liverpool. He loves life and loves people, and he is wonderful company. He’s good fun to be with and clearly the people of Liverpool love him.’

The show will air on November 4, four days before Dodd’s birthday.

Published: 6 Oct 2007

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