Globe columnist Peter Grant catches up with Stan Boardman who is looking ahead to his November show at the Gladstone Theatre ...

STAN Boardman is ready to hit the charts again.

The comedian, playwright and pop star is making a song about 'Fracking.'

He's already had a World Cup hit and a catchy Christmas song, now we will find out what he rhymes with 'fracking.'

He is also working on a revival and North West tour of his acclaimed hit drama Medals.

But before he goes into the recording studio and writing room at home, the Wirral-based funny man is heading to the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight venue to do what he loves best ... stand up.

An Audience with Stan Boardman arrives at the Greendale Road venue on November 10 and he's also performing at Runcorn's Brindley on November 25.

Stan says he always looks back on previous shows and becomes his own best critic.

If something doesn't work then out it goes.

He did give some serious thought about including a very heart-moving BBC film clip in which he re-visits his Liverpool roots and the devastating Blitz when he lost his beloved brother, Tommy.

He told the Globe: "I did worry that it might be upsetting in a show that is about laughter and entertainment.

"But this is an evening where I share memories of my life and career. It's personal.

"And the German bombing was a very big part of my life. It shaped me.

"Of course, I want to go out and give people a night where they can forget their worries, but the Blitz film does touch so many people who lived through it all and it will also inform those who didn't experience it.

"I am proud to show it. I lived through it."

Stan's two-hour show also features classic clips from The Comedians TV series, including his controversial 1985 interview with Des O'Connor, which landed him in hot water when he talked about a certain German war plane.

He said: "In 2000 the film Meet The Fokkers came out in cinemas and no one battered an eye-lid or said a word."

Stan says he is grateful to one TV series that helped launch him with the help of Hughie Green back in 1975.

"I like shows like The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, because they help new talent - they give people a chance.

"When I think of Opportunity Knocks I say to myself 'Oh, lucky me!'

"I don't do much telly these days because I can't cook, don't do gardening and I have nothing to flog in my attic.

"I get offered reality shows but some are just garbage."

Away from the stage, he enjoys playing golf and has raised money for many charities including the Variety Club of Great Britain where he was honoured a Golf Captain.

He enjoys trips abroad with fellow celebrities and ex-soccer managers - Sir Kenny Daglish and Ron Atkinson as well as his good friend, the snooker legend Dennis Taylor.

On stage Stan tells golfing stories, but avoids politics and swearing.

On this forthcoming mini-tour it will just be him and his best pal - the microphone.

"I love to invite questions and hear what people want to know about me.

"That way, every show is different and fresh because of what each audience asks me.

"So there's no better reason for coming to see me again and again."

He says he will never retire just like the man he admired so much the late, great Sir Ken Dodd.

And happily he adds with that broad Boardman toothy smile that he has no regrets in his 80-year life.

He said: "I have been married 50 years to my lovely wife, I have two marvellous twins, Paul and Andrea, and I have five grand kids.

"Like I said, I really am a lucky man."

Stan is at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight on November 10. Tickets from 0151 643 8787.

Tickets for Stan's show at Brindley Theatre in Runcorn on November 25 are from 0151 907 8360.