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Hard Boiled Eggs and Nuts

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 September 2012

by Colin Hough.

Glasgow 1906. Theatre manager Arthur Jefferson is training his sixteen year old son in all aspects of front-of-house. But young Stanley hankers for a life on the stage. His father, a former actor, knows of the perils and is vehemently against his son following in his footsteps. The boy has an ally, however, in his mother Madge. Stanley secretly secures a spot at rival theatre, the Panopticon. His first professional job is not an immediate success and the notoriously rough crowd are initially hostile towards the boy. What he doesn't know is that his father is in the front row and by the time he exits the stage, the career of comedy legend Stan Laurel has been born.

Stan's song was composed by Eoin Millar and the pianist was David McGuinness

Producer/Director ..... Gaynor Macfarlane.

  • Ken Dodd speaking about Stan Laurel

    In Great Lives, Ken Dodd speaks to Matthew Parris about the life of Stan Laurel, including his humble beginnings in Lancashire, his move to the States, his partnership with Ollie ‘Babe’ Hardy.

    Ken also reveals a little bit about himself on the subject of his own journey into comedy, and on the more prickly topics of money and marriage.

    Great Lives: Stan Laurel


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