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A Saturday night TV ratings weapon: Bobby Ball | Mark Lawson

A Saturday night TV ratings weapon: Bobby Ball | Mark Lawson

Emerging from the north-west comedy circuit, Ball was, with partner Tommy Cannon, a fixture of 80s TV who kept huge audiences amused

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A comedian with a loud, bouncy persona, Bobby Ball – who has died aged 76 – was half of one of two double-acts that came out of the northern working-class comedy scene to dominate Saturday night family entertainment through the 1980s, regularly attracting audiences of more than 10 million.

With Tommy Cannon, he fronted Cannon and Ball, which ran on ITV from 1979 to 1988. For all of that period, their BBC rivals were Little and Large. And the two duos had such similar backgrounds and televisual trajectories that their histories feel indelibly linked.

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