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Timothy Spall

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In Stanley, A Man of Variety you play a range of British comedy legends such as Max Wall, Tony Hancock, Max Miller. Were they your comedy influences? They are people I grew up with, watching on the telly. There were only two channels when I was a kid. On a Sunday and it would be The Big Picture, and some of them were 40 years old. As a child you don’t know that, but you know there’s something odd about it. So it tied in, in the film, with a sense of the feeling of those characters, as well as…

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Terry-Thomas

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On this day in 1990, Terry-Thomas died at Busbridge Hall Nursing Home in Godalming, Surrey. Something of a Chap icon, in fact more of a spiritual godhead, Terry-Thomas personified the upper-class Englishman with a strong caddish streak. He was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens in 1911, changing his stage name to Terry-Thomas in the 1930s, after trying less successful pseudonyms such as Thomas Terry and Mot Snevets (an anagram of Tom Stevens). An early attempt to disguise his dental diastema was abandoned, when he realised that the gap between his front teeth could actually benefit his image. He added to…

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The Chap Autumn 2018

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The Chap Autumn 18 is available from thechap.co.uk Our main interview is with actor Timothy Spall, who speaks about his new film Stanley, a Man of Variety, as well as impersonating Terry-Thomas during the interview. Other meetings with remarkable men include Dandy Wellington (above), New York bandleader, impresario and dandy, and Lance Richardson, author of the first biography of Tommy Nutter. Our new travel section includes a vintage voyage along the Nile in the company of Pandora Harrison, while author Paul French takes us on a walking tour of 1930s Shanghai. New Chap writer Chris Sullivan, founder of 1980s style…

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