History Hero: Arthur Askey (1900–82)

"As soon as I heard him, I realised he was different to most comedians. He sounded as if he was improvising... and very often he was. He wasn't girded to the script": Barry Cryer tells York Membery why Arthur Askey is his history hero...

British comedian and actor Arthur Askey at the London Palladium, February 1968. (Photo by David Cairns/Daily Express/Getty Images)

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