By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft from 8 November 2013 to 21 April 2014 – Museum of Liverpool

Stephen Shakeshaft began his career with the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo in 1962. One of his earliest assignments was to capture the ‘Squire of Knotty Ash’. A friendship blossomed and in a career spanning 50 years Ken Dodd became one of his most photographed and favourite subjects. A bond of mutual respect and trust has allowed Shakeshaft to become an intimate observer – to stand in the wings and watch.

Displaying photographs that are poignant, affectionate and amusing, ‘By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd!’ celebrates Doddy the virtuoso showman and offers a rare and candid glimpse into the backstage world of this comic genius.