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Charles Hawtrey, That Funny Fella With The Glasses

BBC Radio 4 documentary. 1 episode in 2010. Stars Wes Butters and Charles Hawtrey.

Charles Hawtrey, That Funny Fella With The Glasses

Charles Hawtrey's inner circle share anecdotes and memories of the Carry On star

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2010
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Starring
Wes Butters and Charles Hawtrey
Writer
Wes Butters
Producer
Stephen Garner

In their first-ever interviews, Charles Hawtrey's inner circle share anecdotes and memories of the Carry On star, presenting a unique insight into one of Britain's most memorable comedy actors.

Charles Hawtrey is one of the most recognisable characters from the Carry On film series, but this programme focuses on his hidden talents and tragic decline.

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.

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