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Michael Crawford

The Many Faces of..., Series 3 Episode 1 of 3

A programme tracing the extraordinary career of one of Britain's most versatile stars. Michael Crawford was a child actor who hit the 60s at just the right time. His first film The Knack was an award-winning cult success that saw him rub shoulders with the Beatles. A surprise move to the stage caught the eye of Gene Kelly and led to a lead role for Michael in the film Hello Dolly - one of the last great Hollywood musicals.

The programme features a new interview with Michael in which he reveals he's not a natural singer or dancer - the Hello Dolly producers wanted to overdub his most famous song. That song is now a cult classic, but his Hollywood success was short-lived and he spent some time working in his wife's cushion factory before landing his best known part as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do Ave Em. His love of stunts and mastery of Frank's comic mannerisms made him a household name, but once more Michael Crawford turned to the stage in what became the biggest musical of all time - The Phantom of the Opera.

In recent years he has stayed on stage, but relentless stunt work and a punishing schedule has taken a toll on his health. Nevertheless, after more than 50 years in the business, he returned to the stage in the musical The Wizard of Oz - still singing and dancing with a new generation.

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59 minutes

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Sat 23 May 2015 23:00