Charlie Chaplin.

Great Lives - Charlie Chaplin

BBC Radio 4 documentary about Charlie Chaplin. 1 episode in 2018. Features Matthew Parris, Mark Steel, Simon Louvish and Charlie Chaplin.

Great Lives - Charlie Chaplin

Mark Steel talks about Charlie Chaplin

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2018
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Features
Matthew Parris, Mark Steel, Simon Louvish and Charlie Chaplin
Producer
Perminder Khatkar

Mark Steel makes the case for Charlie Chaplin being one of the most radical comedians of his time. He reckons it's sad that most see Chaplin as that bloke who wore a bowler hat, had a funny walk, waved a cane around and wasn't even that funny. Mark argues that Charlie Chaplin's silent films and his "Tramp" character make sense if you look at the upheavals in society that were occurring alongside his career.

Mark says that while Chaplin was standing up for the working class, the irony was that he became the richest rebel. Also joining Mark Steel is Simon Louvish author of Chaplin: The Tramps Odyssey.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 25th December 2018 on BBC Radio 4 at 4:30pm
Episode length
30 minutes