Les Dawson provides the laughs on ITV

Telly Today choices for Wednesday, July 19th.

Les Dawson

Les Dawson was a comedy icon famed for his legendary gurn and piano bum notes and hilarious characters. Unearthing unique previously unseen family footage and clips, ITV reveals a very different side to his very public persona and discover the real Les away from the spotlight, family man and comedian.

This year would have been Les’ 90th birthday. Teaming up with well-known fans including Brendan O Carroll, Jason Manford, Omid Djalili, John Thomson, and lifelong friends including Ruth Madoc and Gloria Hunniford as well as Les’ wife and daughter, we also uncover never-before-seen material revealing surprises not just to his friends, but his family too.

Les found television fame via Thames TV’s Opportunity Knocks in the sixties, he became a regular face on television in the 1970s including on his own shows for ITV and later the BBC. Into the 1990s he hosted the game show Blankety Blank and the show that had made him a name, Opportunity Knocks both on BBC One.

Les Dawson: The Lost Tapes, ITV, STV and UTV, 9 pm

Les Dawson at the Yorkshire Television studios for ITV series Sez Les

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Sexy Beast, from today on Netflix.

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