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Film to be made about Stan Laurel one of Cumbria's most famous sons

A NEW film about vintage comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, one half of whom grew up in Ulverston, is to be made by the BBC.

Laurel and Hardy
Pictured: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

The one-off biopic is being written by Jeff Pope, who created TV drama Mrs Biggs.

It will feature Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s famous tour of Britain in 1953, when their careers were beset with problems following poorly received films.

Shane Allen, the BBC's controller of comedy commissioning, said the 90-minute film would be a “love letter to two pioneers and enduring giants of screen comedy”.

He said it would capture the comedians’ “deep emotional bond”.

Details about the cast and a date for the film’s transmission have not yet been announced.

The film will will be produced by BBC Comedy and The Weinstein Company.

Laurel was born in Ulverston before moving to the US, where he found fame in Hollywood.

The duo’s slapstick comedy lead the way for cinema comedy in the 1920s and 1930s, with Laurel playing the clumsy friend of the pompous American-born Hardy.

Have your say

Yes, Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston; in LANCASHIRE. The council area called 'Cumbria' which was created for administrative purposes only did not exist then.

Posted by I.S. on 3 December 2013 at 19:21

Your headline is incorrect. Stan Laurel is not one of Cumbria's most famous sons. How could he be ? Cumbria wasn't foisted on us till 1974 ! Like me and many others he was born an Ulverstonian and a LANCASTRIAN.

Posted by A.Rodgers on 3 December 2013 at 19:14

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