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Thread #14316   Message #3035431
Posted By: GUEST,pismotality
18-Nov-10 - 04:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Champagne Charlie (from Edward Woodward)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Champagne Charlie (from Edward Woodward)
For a further TWO DAYS ONLY you can watch episode two of Rude Britannia on the bbc website here. This covers the origins of music hall right up to Donald Magill's seaside postcards in the mid fifties and there is quite a lot about George Leybourne and the song Champagne Charlie. Not sure how access works outside the UK but try it. The programme is about an hour and very entertaining. The song starts about 09.40 in.

Incidentally, the Champagne Charlie biopic referred much earlier is very stylishly done, an Ealing pic directed by Cavalcanti, who also directed Went the Day Well? and Dead of Night. I saw it on the big screen a few years ago and it stands up very well. You can get it on several of the Ealing cheapo DVD box sets and probably on its own too.

Keith Michell also sang Champagne Charlie - rather than I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am - on TV on a show recorded at Wilton's Music Hall circa 1970 with Peter Sellers and others.