Ken Dodd: The Squire of Knotty Ash and his Lady

This event took place on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 at  Sefton Park Palm House.

A celebration of Ken Dodd’s life and talent with his biographer Tony Nicholson and a special appearance by Lady Anne Dodd.


Join Tony Nicholson for a unique evening as he talks about his affectionate and candid biography of Sir Ken Dodd.

With a special appearance by Lady Anne Dodd. Lady Anne, with whom Tony wrote the book, will be joining him on stage during the event.

Tony has been a lifelong Ken Dodd fan. His book gives Doddy’s many fans the first ever in-depth account of his astonishing story.

A celebration of Ken Dodd’s life and talent, Tony’s book will change everything you thought you knew about the fascinating, kind and complicated private person behind the comedy legend.

About Tony Nicholson

Tony Nicholson started his showbiz career in the 1970s as a comedy scriptwriter, writing jokes for The Two Ronnies. He then became a television producer, making entertainment programmes for all the major channels, and earning him a highly-prized BAFTA Award.

About Lady Anne Dodd

Anne, Lady Dodd, née Sybil Anne Jones, had her own showbusiness career, which started before she even met Ken. In the sixties, she was a dancer with the legendary Bluebell Girls on TV in Rome.

Subsequently this troupe appeared for a Christmas season at The Manchester Opera House, where Ken Dodd was topping the bill. They met and started a friendship which lasted fifty six years and would blossom into a loving relationship and eventual marriage.

Ken had always intended to write an autobiography, but never got round to it. As Ken’s most loyal fan, Anne wanted to be part of sharing the definitive Ken Dodd story with his many supporters, and revealing the human side of the comedy superstar who became her husband.

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