Double up laughing this weekend

Comedy pair: Steve Nallon (left) as Cissie and Eric Potts as Ada on stage at Blackpool
Comedy pair: Steve Nallon (left) as Cissie and Eric Potts as Ada on stage at Blackpool

CLIPS from a stage show about the backstage life of comedy legend and national treasure Les Dawson can be seen on TV this weekend.

Cissie and Ada opened last summer at the Blackpool Grand Theatre.

The touring comedy show was devised by former Chorley Council cultural boss and producer Chris Mellor.

The screening - on Channel 5 on Saturday - will help make the case that Les and Roy Barraclough were one of Britain’s Best Loved Double Acts.

Chris, who is now London-based, explained: “Channel 5 asked us to share the best bits of our play for the national poll, to help get the comedy pair voted in the top ten of best double acts.

“Having toured the play nationally with TV actors Eric Potts and Steve Nallon, and seen how popular the ‘northern nymphets’, were we are pleased to help out.”

Les Dawson’s daughter Julie Ryder, who lives in Chorley, said: “The Cissie and Ada show was superb. It gave me two hours of my father back. I am looking forward to seeing Eric and Steve perform the classic characters.”

The original writer of the Cissie sketches, New Mills’ Terry Ravenscroft, was delighted the comic characters were getting a new lease of life and finding a new audience.

Chris added: “The Cissie and Ada play will now take a new format and we are in talks to launch it at the new Comedy Museum Theatre in Central London this year.”

Preston-born Roy Barraclough is also famous for playing Alec Gilroy, landlord of the Rovers Return, in Coronation Street.

Britain’s Best Loved Double Act, produced by Objective Productions. can be seen on Channel 5 this Saturday at 715pm.