Charles Chaplin - My Autobiography

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01Childhood1989040320170417 (BBC7)
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Charlie Chaplin (1889-1975) rose from a destitute childhood to become perhaps the greatest comedian and filmmakers of them all.

At the start of his story, however, a sad fate awaits...

First published in 1964, Nigel Hawthorne reads the extraordinary story of how Sir Charlie Chaplin became a silent cinema comedy legend renowned for his on-screen slapstick. Abridged in ten parts by Donald Bancroft.

Producer: Gerry Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.

Charlie Chaplin's childhood of impending destitution. Read by Nigel Hawthorne.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

02School Days1985040420170418 (BBC7)
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Chaplin on surviving a school for destitute children. Read by Nigel Hawthorne.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

03Father2017041920170420 (BBC7)
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Charlie Chaplin's actor father is forced to take care of him. Read by Nigel Hawthorne.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

04First Steps1989040620170420 (BBC7)
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Early success and failure on the stage. Read by Nigel Hawthorne.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

05Loss2017042120170422 (BBC7)
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The fate of his father. Read by Nigel Hawthorne.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

06Mother1989041020170424 (BBC7)
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Repercussions from the fate of his mother. Charlie Chaplin reveals how he became a legend of the silent cinema screen.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1975) rose from a destitute childhood to become perhaps the greatest comedian and filmmakers of them all.

First published in 1964, Nigel Hawthorne reads the extraordinary story of how Sir Charlie Chaplin became a silent cinema comedy legend renowned for his on-screen slapstick. Abridged in ten parts by Donald Bancroft.

Producer: Gerry Jones

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1989.

The fate of his mother. Charlie Chaplin reveals how he became a legend.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

07Stagecraft1989041120170425 (BBC7)
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20190410 (BBC7)
With his mother ill, Charlie Chaplin's stage career begins.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

08Love1989041220170426 (BBC7)
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Honing his stagecraft and falling in love.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

09Clashes1989041320170427 (BBC7)
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Stage success arouses jealousy and love.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame

10 lastDecision1989041420170428 (BBC7)
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Taking stock - and a fateful decision.

Nigel Hawthorne reads the silent film star's account of his rise from poverty to fame