From his starring role as a child star in Just William, to his huge TV successes with The Sweeney and Minder, Dennis Waterman has had an amazing theatrical career, which he has also combined with a dramatic love life.
I have always been appalled at the way the tabloid press have treated Dennis, particularly the rubbish they have printed about his relationship with his father and Rula Lenska. Because of the power of the press Dennis has always been in a no-win situation and largely been unable to defend himself. Contrary to the views of one of the other reviewers, this is where the inclusion of 'biographical' material from family and friends is far from being a cop-out - it actually lends a huge amount of weight to what Dennis has written. Were it not for the biographical material, it would be easy to discount some of Dennis's opinions on things that have happened in his life by saying "that's only one of the story, isn't it?". It isn't, however, because you get the views of lots of family, friends, and even ex-wives, and they don't pull any punches either.
This is a thoroughly entertaining and revealing book. I've read it twice and doubtless will read it again. It's not just good because I'm a fan, it is also extremely well written, contains lots of hilarious anecdotes and escapades, but above all, it is brutally honest. If you know nothing about Dennis Waterman as a man before reading this book, you will learn that he is an ordinary human being who, like all of us, has made mistakes in his life. Many of these have been driven by a craving for love and affection denied him in childhood. You will also learn that he is intelligent (contrary to his insistence on putting himself down) and extremely professional.Read more ›
Previously I thought Dennis was just a run of the mill actor who was just fortunate to be the sidekick of more distinguished actors in the form of George Cole and John Thaw. After reading Reminder my opinion changed as I discovered how much work he puts into each performance to make it both entertaining and dramatic. There are also plenty of anecdotes to make you chuckle along the way. So all in all, the book portrays Dennis as the sort of chap that anyone would want to share a beer over or in the words of Arthur Daley he is a Diamond Geezer. Hopefully there will be a sequel telling us more about his Minder and the Sweeney work or even better, the memoirs of George Cole must be "well overdue". Anyway this book is well worth acquiring.