Charlie Drake (born Charles Edward Spungall) went from the poverty of London's south East End to becoming one of the United Kingdom's truly loved comedians. The recipient of two Golden Rose of Montreux Comedy awards, the diminutive Cockney-voiced red-haired comic has inspired laughter with his unique style of slapstick for more than four decades. He appeared in 15 Royal Command Variety Shows. The star of the BBC show Charlie Drake from 1959 to 1960, Drake went on to star on the Ronald Marsh-produced Charlie Drake Show from 1960 to 1963 and 1967 to 1968. He hosted a similarly named show for ITV in 1963 and a show, Slapstick and Old Lace, which involved viewers in singalongs and sketches, from 1965 until the early '70s.