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FRONTLINE CHAT: Talking Cops & Comedy

Updated: Jan 22

With Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Dave Wardell, actor Ian Puleston-Davies and Comedian Arthur Smith


Frontline Chat was created in lockdown where two cops interviewed others in policing and actors who have played police officers and detectives. It has had such a good response, it’s now going on tour to venues in Yorkshire, Chester and Torbay.


With so much going on surrounding policing during lockdown and the pandemic, coupled with the nation's love of crime and policing novels and TV crime dramas such as Heartbeat, Happy Valley and Line of Duty, we are celebrating our everyday heroes. Join Britain's Got Talent finalist Dave Wardell and

actor & director Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street, Tin Star, Marcella) and internationally recognised comedian Arthur Smith for an evening of talking cops and comedy.




Dave Wardell is known for his appearance on Britain’s Got Talent where he moved the judges to tears with the powerful and emotive story of an incident whilst he was on duty where he and his police dog Finn were stabbed. The pair also won the hearts and minds of the nation and with such support, went on to implement Finn’s Law - the animal welfare bill that prevents those who attack or injure service animals from claiming self-defence.









Comedian Arthur Smith joins the panel alongside actor Ian Puleston-Davies, to tell the funny and terrifying story of his father Syd, POW and PC on night duty in 1950s London - an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times.


The evening will conclude with a comedy gig from Arthur Smith all about his father PC Syd Smith.

Syd fought at El Alamein, became a P.O.W., and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany. In the 1950s PC Syd patrolled London’s South Bank and met a gallery of characters, whom he tried his best not to arrest.


Arthur tells this 20th Century story with laughter, amazement and a hilarious photo.

You will be sure to enjoy this evening of cops and comedy with this fun trio of authors.

There will be a book signing after the in conversation and comedy gig.


For more information and media interviews, contact Publicist Sofia Cann



Event dates:

CommsHero (virtual event)

Tues 28 Sept, 2pm

Talking Policing & Social Media with F1 Broadcaster Tom Gaymor, TV's Nick Knowles and Head of Communications Sofia Cann.

Frontline Chat: Talking Cops & Comedy with Dave Wardell and comedian Arthur Smith (hosted by actor Ian Puleston-Davies)

Part of the Chester Literature Festival

Wed 10 Nov, 7pm

Storyhouse, Chester

Frontline Chat: Talking Cops & Comedy with Dave Wardell and comedian Arthur Smith

Thurs 7 April 2022, 7pm

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Tickets - on sale soon!
















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