Charles Hawtrey, That Funny Fella With The Glasses
Charles Hawtrey's inner circle share anecdotes and memories of the Carry On star
- BBC Radio 4
- Wes Butters and Charles Hawtrey
- Wes Butters
- Stephen Garner
Hawtrey was a man destined for stardom: a silent film actor by the age of five, England's leading boy soprano by 12, a self-taught classical pianist, theatrical producer, film director and prolific radio star. He eventually moved into television and found a worldwide identity through his 24 Carry On roles.
However, during the latter part of his career, Hawtrey became an alcoholic and appeared in low-rate stage shows.
His sad decline and life before the Carry Ons is revealed by writer and broadcaster Wes Butters, who after several years of research has collected recordings with the people closest to Hawtrey and has access to unseen private papers which uncover a remarkable story.