Bernard Manning employed a very peculiar and unusual gimmick for a stand up comedian – he was actually very funny. Normally these embarrassing impostors can be divided into two categories, those who are not particularly funny, and those who are excruciatingly unfunny. The latter description covers pretty nearly all of the so called 'alternative' comedians, that is those who have been licensed to toe the party line on all matters PC. Manning adamantly refused to do this and as a result he was barred from our TV screens.
In a sense Bernard Manning was lucky to come to national prominence just before the PC media stranglehold became overwhelming. It is an odd thing that when huge numbers of people object to a TV programme approved of by the Left, such as Jerry Springer The Opera, the issue of censorship is always raised. But when popular programmes such as the Benny Hill Show are taken off, it is due to 'changing public taste'. No mention of censorship here of course.
There is no doubt that if Bernard Manning had been allowed to remain on TV he would have continued to attract top ratings. This was demonstrated by the fact that his shows at his Manchester night club were always completely sold out until he retired through ill health.