Happiness! [Drama]


DRAMA2019122320210331 (R4)David Threlfall stars as the madcap entertainer, Ken Dodd, in Ian Billing's comedy drama about winning hearts and minds. It's 1988 and the comedian faces charges of tax evasion. The drama imagines what it must have felt like for someone confronted with the prospect of being cut off from doing what they love most in the world. The story tracks the year-long battle with the tax-man including the 1989 trial where the entertainer is finally acquitted on all charges.

Ken Dodd/Dicky Mint ….. David Threlfall
George Carman QC ….. Clive Hayward
Bennett ….. Will Kirk
Mr Justice Waterhouse ….. Neil McCaul
Brian Leveson QC ….. Ian Conningham
Albert ….. Greg Jones
Eileen ….. Laura Christy
Croupier ….. Adam Courting
Mother ….. Heather Craney
Usher ….. Ikky Elyas

Music arranged and performed by Neil Brand

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Ian Billings wrote the award-winning Spike and The Elfin Oak for Radio 4 about another comedy great, Spike Milligan, also starring David Threlfall (Shameless, Ripper Street). A children's stand-up comic, author and poet, Ian's written and performed in pantomimes and is the author of the Sam Hawkins, Pirate Detective series of novels and the co-author of Space Rocks.

David Threlfall stars as Ken Dodd in a comedy drama about the flamboyant entertainer.

Drama from BBC Radio 4