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Funny Up North! - The History Of Northern Comedy

Funny Up North! - The History Of Northern Comedy

The North of England has always enjoyed its own very particular brand of comedy, best seen today in Coronation Street.

80 years ago however, Mancunian Studios produced feature films for the northern masses. Funny Up North tells the story of the Mancunian Studios, its eccentric owner John E Blakely, and its cavalcade of stars including such household names as Arthur Askey, Jimmy Jewell, George Formby and the legendary Frank Randle.

Hosted by Professor Chris Lee, the authority on Northern Cinema, Funny Up North takes you on a journey from its humble beginnings to its sad demise in the 1960s. It's reet good!

First released: Monday 31st October 2011

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