1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 2 (UK)
28 x 10 minute episodes
The Diddymen were Dicky Mint, a character based on Ken Dodd himself – hence he always carried a Tickling Stick; Nigel Ponsonby Smallpiece, the very well-spoken Diddyman with a top hat, monocle and morning suit; aggressive Irish Diddyman Mick the Marmalizer (no racial stereotyping here); Harry Cot from Somerset who was regarded as a country yokel (perhaps because he always wore a farmer’s smock and carried a pitchfork); Hamish McDiddy the kilt-wearing Scotsman; and Little Evan, the Welsh Diddyman, who joined the series towards the end of 1969.
Doddy’s Diddy pals worked in the Jam Butty Mines, Broken Biscuit Repair Works and Moggie Ranch, all in Knotty Ash.
Ken Dodd provided the voices for each of the characters who were all brought to life by Roger Stevenson’s puppets.