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ITV changes Monday's TV schedule for Ken Dodd tribute

ITV has changed its Monday night (March 12) schedule at the last minute, to pay tribute to comedian and entertainer Ken Dodd, who passed away over the weekend.

The channel announced on Twitter that “in a change to some listings, this evening we’re paying tribute to one of the nation’s best-loved entertainment stars. Tatty-bye, Sir Ken Dodd.

Another Audience with Ken Dodd. Tonight 10.45pm @ITV.”

ITV was originally going to show Rachel Nickell – The Untold Story, in which Fiona Bruce looks into a 1992 murder that was one of the first stories she covered in her career.

Channel 5 also has a tribute to Dodd scheduled tonight, Ken Dodd: My Life – In His Own Words, a compilation of clips and interviews from friends and colleagues. C5’s programme begins at the earlier time of 9pm.

The OBE passed away just 90 days after marrying his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones.

Jones paid tribute to her late husband, stating: “I have lost a most wonderful husband. We first met when I was in the Ken Dodd Christmas show in 1961 at the Manchester Opera House.

“I have had the supreme joy and privilege of working and living with him as his partner for the past 40 years.

“The world has lost a most life-enhancing, brilliant, creative comedian, with an operatically-trained voice, who just wanted to make people happy.

“He lived to perfect his art, and entertain his live and adoring audiences. I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and affection which I’ve already received from dear friends and the public, and I thank you all.”

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