The actor and comedian Mike Reid was born this week in 1940 and would have been 80.
He was born in Hackney but grew up after the War in Tottenham. He began in show business as an extra appearing in programmes like Dr Who. In the early 70s, he starred in the TV show The Comedians and later hosted the TV show Runaround. He had one UK hit in 1975 with the Ugly Duckling which reached number 10 in the chart.
In 1987, he joined the cast of Eastenders as Frank Butcher for which he will best be remembered. The things he enjoyed most was comedy and his live shows were very popular and more often than not, very blue.
Here is a sketch about the police but for younger viewers there is a few naughty words.