The man who made Carry On swing! Sort of. Britain’s youngest professional stand-up, a hit parade star bridging the gap between Elvis and Roy Castle with the likes of Don’t Let Go and Piccadilly Line, Six-Five Special host and, finally, actor. Whether in the Carry Ons or their unofficial associates (Raising the Wind, The Big Job) Dale turned in a shabby haired, likeable oaf routine that’s since become the blueprint for every male British TV presenter under 35. Don’t forget his game-for-anything roles in Disney fluff like the Spaceman and King Arthur and Pete’s Dragon either, and of course, Jim was Spike Milligan.
FINEST HOUR: Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World. No reason needed, surely!