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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184739180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847391803
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucian Randall writes non-fiction, mainly biography, though he has also ghostwritten memoirs as well. His writing has also appeared in such magazines as Esquire and he's appeared on BBC radio. He's worked as a commissioning editor in non-fiction publishing and lives with his partner and daughter in London.

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""Sundance's greatest provocation was" Four Lions," co-written and directed by British comedian Chris Morris, who comes from the same satirical background as Steve Coogan and" In the Loop's "Armando Iannucci. Morris' TV work, like his brilliant" Brass Eye," cuts close to the bone"."" --"Philadelphia City Paper

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LUCIAN RANDALL's previous books include the biography of Vivian Stanshall, Ginger Geezer (Fourth Estate). He lives in London.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Peers on 17 Jan. 2011
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Chris Morris is undoubtedly one of the funniest people ever to have emerged from the world of satire, and it has to be said that this book is a great tribute to him. Known for his anonymity, and his secretive manner, this could by no means have been an easy book for Lucian Randall to write-the nearest thing he got to approval from Morris was the fact that he met him for one very brief interview,and responded to no further requests. In other words, he "didn't say no". But the book's subject has clearly been greatly researched. It provides some rather interesting information about his early life, in particular his musical interests. It later goes on to describe his formative years as a radio presenter for various stations, eventually seeing him being both hired and fired by the BBC, after a remark about Michael Hesseltine's "death". It gives a fascinating look behind the creation of both On The Hour and The Day Today, and some background information about Knowing Me Knowing You. But any Morris fan will find the Brass Eye section most interesting, since it provides a full account of the difficulties faced by the production staff, trying their hardest to justify Noel Edmonds being duped into campaigning against "Cake", and persuading Morris to wear a padded jacket whilst annoying West London drug dealers. There are also many other facts about the series that are guaranteed to make you laugh. In particular, I was highly entertained by the story of the time Morris discreetly added a nasty caption about Michael Grade that saw him banned from channel 4.
There is, unfortunately, nothing about Four Lions, apart from a tiny mention of an "upcoming project", but the likelihood is that Randall had finished the book by the time of release, so we can't blame him for that one. Overall, Mr. Randall has earned a great deal of re-cocking-spect from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Rands VINE VOICE on 7 April 2013
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There is an obvious problem with writing a biography of anyone who is still alive, which is that they will continue to do stuff and therefore any biography will be incomplete. And that has happened here. There is reference to Nathan Barley but not to Four Lions - which is likely to be waht future generations remember Chris Morris for.

And then there's a problem with writing a biography of Chris Morris. Morris is a notoriously difficult character. Randall explores this in the brief intro. He says that "Chris Morris never told you what to think, and he gave away little of his motivation." and that he "has a reputation for being both hard to pin down and extremely approachable". When Randall gets an interview with Morris you rather assume that he has made the leap that others could not. In fact that's not quite what happened Morris gave his blessing(ish) and allowed friends and family to be interviewed but didn't play any further part in the story of the book.

So with the main character not contributing what happens? Well Morris evidently remains a mystery to many who worked closely with him. Theories as to his motivation are provided and rapidly shot down by those he knew best. No theory really amounts to anything more than mere speculation.

You do get a chronological account of Morris's work which includes a few factoids that you may be unfamiliar with. For example when Morris interviewed a real-life paedophile for the infamous paedophile special I didn't realise it was an actual real-life paedophile which turns what looks like some rather limp bad taste comedy into something quite significant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. George on 4 Oct. 2010
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Chris Morris is an elusive figure - quoted and copied more often than you would realise, but since the media storm over the Brass Eye Special in 2001 he has stayed firmly out of the public eye. This book is full of great stories about the making of his most influential series - The Day Today, Brass Eye - and all of the messy politics and personal battles behind it. It's a shame the book only touches on his first feature film, Four Lions, which was in production when the book was published, but you can't have everything. I loved this book - and read it voraciously in a day. If you're a fan of Chris Morris, this helps lift just a little bit of the veil...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Flynn on 15 April 2010
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Any book about Chris Morris is going to be incomplete, but this one gets pretty close - he was contacted and didn't not agree to it, so that's about as solid gold permission as you can get from this slippery comic.

I was interested to find out about On the Hour, Brass Eye etc in detail, but felt that Nathan Barley was very short-changed. That was the main reason I was reading, so I galloped through looking for mentions of it and there were only two very brief asides.

This is a respectable leap into the Morris-shaped void, full of interesting commentary from his collaborators and as close as we're ever likely to get from the real thing. Hopefully there'll be an update after Four Lions hits.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Jones on 16 April 2010
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When one thinks of Chris Morris and his attendant genre, what's the first thing that pops like a muddied speechbubble out of the old grey matter? Is it the gut-wrenchingly funny, painfully accurate news/sport spoof of The Day Today? (e.g BOOF! Eat my goal!) Or is it the intense, dark, uber-artistic Blue Jam? ("....Lizards!") Or, perhaps, the unstoppable satirical juggernaut that was Brass Eye? ("...crimes we know nothing about are going up as well!")

If you loved any or all of these, this book is something you should have been waiting for. Not only does Randall make it all hang together as one contiguous narrative, but it also bears repeated reads and, usefully, it works as a reference volume for the whole genre. Anecdote and insight are accompanied severally by fascinating biographical details and large helpings of the material itself. There may be stuff you know, but a great amount of unearthing has been done here; and, whilst the book does not unmask Morris fully, it also gives the distinct impression that the mask is part of the plan. You end up seeing just as much of the man as you feel you should.

Neither overly reverential nor lazily written, this is a cracking read about an auteur who not only demands your attention, but truly commands it. Read this, or receive a speaking-down...!
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