Anniversary TV tribute to Fylde comic

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A NIGHT of televised tributes to a legendary comedian could feature the man himself – in the form of a hologram.

June 10, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Les Dawson (right) and will be celebrated with a unique screening of An Audience With... on ITV.

The show will give audiencea the chance to see the St Annes comedian cracking his signature mother-in-law jokes as if he was in the room.

The ambitious venture is being backed by the Dawson family, including daughter Charlotte, 20.

She said: “The show’s been commissioned and it will have celebrity guests who worked with him and were inspired by what he did.

“It would be really weird to see him as a hologram and I’m not sure if that’s going to happen yet, but to see him like that would be amazing and a bit surreal.”

Charlotte and her mum Tracy, who still live in Lytham, will feature in pre-recorded interviews during the show which is scheduled to be screened on June 1.

Charlotte added: “I’m excited and can’t wait to do it because my dad deserves it and it’s amazing he is still recognised 20 years after he died.

“Holograms are very up to date technology and if they did use one it would be the first time I’ve seen him because I was eight months old when he died.”

The challenge of digitally re-incarnating celebrities has already been met by the organisers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California who amazed fans by projecting the rapper Tupac on to the stage to perform with Snoop Dogg.

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