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The Al Read Show
1950s/60s series from the Lancashire comedian

Al Read (3 March 1909 – 9 September 1987) was a British radio comedian active throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Read was born in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire and was a sausage maker in his father's business. He became known as a popular after-dinner speaker with wry and well-observed humour in clubs. In 1950 Read made his radio début on the BBC. His comedy was based around the monologue form, but he also became known for dialogues in which he played both voices. His humour was observational and was about Northern English working class people, often in a domestic situation.

The Al Read Show was one of the most popular radio comedy shows in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s. Up to 35 million people listened to it each week. His catchphrases "Right, Monkey!" and "You'll be lucky - I say, you'll be lucky!", and "And he was strong", were well known. In 1963 he headed a variety format for ITV called Life and Al Read which was apparently unscripted and was broadcast live. In 1966 a BBC series called Al Read Says What a Life! was broadcast. He also worked extensively on the variety stage.

Podcast includes three modern documentaries about Read's work.

  1. Episode 1 (24.7Mb)
  2. Episode 2 (24.7Mb)
  3. Episode 3 (27.4Mb)
  4. Episode 4 (24.7Mb)
  5. Episode 5 (24.7Mb)
  6. Episode 6 (24.8Mb)
  7. Episode 7 (27.1Mb)
  8. Episode 8 (24.9Mb)
  9. Episode 9 (24.9Mb)
  10. Episode 11 (26.7Mb)
  11. Episode 12 (24.7Mb)
  12. Episode 13 (23.6Mb)
  13. Episode 14 (13.9Mb)
  14. Episode 15 (24.7Mb)
  15. Episode 16 (24.6Mb)
  16. Episode 17 (13.3Mb)
  17. Episode 18 (13.3Mb)
  18. Episode 19 (13.3Mb)
  19. Episode 20 (13.9Mb)
  20. Documentary with John Sessions 01 (27.8Mb)
  21. Documentary with John Sessions 02 (26.4Mb)
  22. How Tickled Am I? documentary (25.2Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.