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Himoff!: The Memoirs of a TV Matinee Idle Paperback – 3 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752843451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752843452
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,468,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and bred in Yorkshire, Richard Whiteley was obsessed with TV from the moment he saw a BBC outside broadcast van. Richard was the first person to appear on Channel 4 on Tuesday 2nd November 1982, with the words "As the countdown to the launch of a new channel ends, a new Countdown begins". No one could have predicted that Countdown would dominate the channel's top ten ratings for over 20 years. Richard made a record 10,000 or more appearances on British television. He died in 2005.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Roberts on 20 Sept. 2010
This is what it says, a collection of memoirs, and like the man it is pleasant and non-contriversial, that said, it is in my humble opinion a fairly true reflection of what R W was about. It is well worth a read. It is not by any stretch of the imagination a biography.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Susan Lomax on 28 Aug. 2006
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If you are wanting to learn more about Countdown and its late frontman Richard Whiteley, then this book is not for you.

On screen the persona was one of a lovable buffoon, who you felt genuine affection for. In print, this is far from the case. As an autobiography it is lacking in humour or interest, but constantly name drops celebrity who began their status in the late 50's and early 60's. If we are supposed to be impressed with this, believe me, I, for one, am not. Richard also comes across as a rather stuck up and haughty person, whom I really would not have liked to know. If I had read this book when he was alive, I'm sure I would never have watched Countdown again.
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