Paul Merton is on a one-man mission on to bring silent cinema to the masses. He’s back on the road with Silent Clowns, the live show he first toured on the back of his popular BBC Four programme of the same name. Merton introduces a feature length silent movie and a couple of shorts which renowned silent film accompanist Neil Brand plays along to on the piano. The show enjoyed a rapturous reception when it first toured, so clearly Merton isn’t alone in his love of old silents. Here he explains their magic.

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