Irish comedian Dave Allen is to be honoured in a special Bbc documentary chronicling his life and celebrated career.

The funnyman, who ranked third in a poll of the top comedians of all time last year (12), passed away in 2005 aged 68 and fans will get a chance to view previously unseen archive footage of the comic during the one-hour retrospective.

The programme will include interviews with famous friends including Dame Maggie Smith, Steven Berkoff and director Stephen Frears.

Dave Allen Night will air in the U.K. next month (Apr13).