Throughout the 1970s, Lancashire born comic actor Roy Barraclough, formed a partnership with comedian Les Dawson.
They played two grotesque old ladies, Ada Shufflebotham and Cissie Braithwaite. The pair created the characters in rehearsals, in homage to the music hall star Norman Evans, before being persuaded by the producer to use them in sketches in the show, Sez Les. Although Dawson needed persuading to don drag and Barraclough was nervous that he would not be able to match Dawson's talent for ad-libbing, the characters became permanent features of the show. The characters were revisited by the pair in a series of commercials for fresh cream cakes
in 1984. He sadly died aged 81 on 1 June 2017 following a short illness.