65 episodes

Before radio, before television, before movies, there was Music Hall. This was the People’s Entertainment in the golden decade before the Great War.
The Fun Factory is a historical comedy about the history of comedy, in which our hero Arthur Dandoe enters the world of music hall and The Fred Karno Company.
Along the way Arthur encounters intense rivalry (Charlie Chaplin), passionate romance (Tilly Beckett) and great friendship (Stan Laurel).
“Richly enjoyable… packed with intriguing details about a vanished world of entertainment”    THE GUARDIAN
Written and read by Chris England.
Produced by Mark Augustyn
Contact: thefunfactorypodcast@gmail.com

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The Fun Factory Great Big Owl

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Before radio, before television, before movies, there was Music Hall. This was the People’s Entertainment in the golden decade before the Great War.
The Fun Factory is a historical comedy about the history of comedy, in which our hero Arthur Dandoe enters the world of music hall and The Fred Karno Company.
Along the way Arthur encounters intense rivalry (Charlie Chaplin), passionate romance (Tilly Beckett) and great friendship (Stan Laurel).
“Richly enjoyable… packed with intriguing details about a vanished world of entertainment”    THE GUARDIAN
Written and read by Chris England.
Produced by Mark Augustyn
Contact: thefunfactorypodcast@gmail.com

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    Ep. 53 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 32 & 33

    Ep. 53 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 32 & 33

    Chapter 32 – HAVE YOU GOT THE CHAPLINOIA?
    Chapter 33 – ALICE AND BALDY
     
    In which Arthur witnesses Charlie Chaplin’s rise in popularity firsthand and finds solace in some new friends.
    Written and read by Chris England
    Produced by Mark Augustyn
    The Fun Factory (and its sequels) are available here:
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    • 30 min
    Ep. 39 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 1 & 2

    Ep. 39 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 1 & 2

    EXPLANATORY NOTE
    Chapter 1 – THE ROOM
    Chapter 2 – NUMBER ONE
    In which Arthur considers his competition as he and the company await Alf’s announcement of the new number one.
    Written and read by Chris England
    Produced by Mark Augustyn
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    • 22 min
    Ep. 40 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 3 & 4

    Ep. 40 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 3 & 4

    Chapter 3 – BAIT AND SWITCH
    Chapter 4 – BANG TO RIGHTS
    In which Arthur and the troupe find that even in his absence, Charlie Chaplin is a still a problem.
    Written and read by Chris England
    Produced by Mark Augustyn
    The Fun Factory (and its sequels) are available here:
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    • 28 min
    Ep. 41 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 5 & 6

    Ep. 41 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 5 & 6

    Chapter 5 –THE KID
    Chapter 6 – A TRAGEDY OF ERRORS
    In which Arthur and the troupe face a fresh challenge as Charlie Chaplin’s replacement arrives in Chicago.
    Written and read by Chris England
    Produced by Mark Augustyn
    The Fun Factory (and its sequels) are available here:
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    • 30 min
    Ep. 42 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 7,8 & 9

    Ep. 42 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 7,8 & 9

    Chapter 7 – KANCELLED
    Chapter 8 – THE ROOM
    Chapter 9 – THE THREE MUSKETEERS
    In which Arthur, Stan and Freddie Jr. are forced to make other plans as tensions between Karno and Considine come to a head.
    Written and read by Chris England
    Produced by Mark Augustyn
    The Fun Factory (and its sequels) are available here:
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    • 26 min
    Ep. 43 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 10 & 11

    Ep. 43 – Chaplinoia – Chapters 10 & 11

    Chapter 10 – A FRESH START 
    Chapter 11 – WON’T YOU COME MY DEAR
    In which Arthur tracks down Tilly, but finds persuading her to join the Nutty Burglars on the road much harder than he’d imagined.
    Written and read by Chris England
    Produced by Mark Augustyn
    The Fun Factory (and its sequels) are available here:
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

gpw76 ,

Fun podcast

A great story well read by the author. Fans of early cinema and great stories will enjoy. If you like laurel and hardy, Chaplin and are interested in the early days of music hall a must listen. I had not read the books and can’t wait for the next podcast to find out what happens. Although a fiction it is based around real historical events and make it a interesting story.

eaHorneL ,

Fantastic 5*

Love it! Can’t wait for next series.

SimonAlex ,

Interesting & entertaining

Heard about this from another podcast and am really enjoying it.
Very well read by the author himself and I’m finding it both interesting and entertaining.

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