Family Business - The Chaplin Legacy, A

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2011010420111015The legacy of Charlie Chaplin extends far beyond the celluloid archive.|There is a living strand of creative performance, which sees the grandchildren of Sir Charles exploring an adventurous new world of physical theatre, and adding a new dimension to those well-worn silent film images of The Little Tramp, battling against a hostile world.|The children of Victoria Chaplin - Aurelia and James Thierree - were born in a tent, and brought up in their parents' world of travelling circus.|In their adult life, both are theatrical pioneers, always pushing at the limits of stagecraft, to create original work that mixes acrobatics, illusion, music, mime and comedy.|In this backstage documentary, Tim Brooke-Taylor goes behind the scenes with James Thierree as he prepares to launch his new one-man show RAOUL, combining mime, acrobatics, music, comedy and illusion.|How does the Chaplin legacy inform his ideas? How do the marketing people sell his shows, which always defy easy categorisation? How will audiences respond, in London and Paris?|The Chaplin biographer, David Robinson, explores the theatrical connections of the Chaplin family: additional commentaries are provided by Thierree admirers Bill Nighy and Terry Gilliam, and by producer Rachel Clare.|The voice of Charlie Chaplin himself also makes a contribution from the archives, with shrewd observations on genes and genius.|Producer: Tony Staveacre|A Ladbroke production for BBC Radio 4.|Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.