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The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadultera&hellip by J. F. Roberts
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Feb 2013
This fantastic book documents a period of comedy that I grew up on and maintain an unhealthy fascination with, and I still found myself learning many new things.

Tautly written with a nice framing device, Mr JF Roberts takes us through the creation of the series, and the development of its successive incarnations. Reading about the tortuous rehearsal process, and hearing how it still rankles with the stars, writers, directors and producers after all these years, you get an insight into why this series was so good.

What's more, there's an exhaustive examination of what each and every person was up to between series, thus providing a great history of television comedy… Read more
The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson by Louis Barfe
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 30 Jan 2013
Retrospectives on comedians tend towards the melancholy, favouring to explore the dark or hidden side of their subject, even if that means making it all up. What we have here is an excellent, well-researched, tautly written biography of Les Dawson that doesn't fall into that trap.

Working through a timeline of his career, we are introduced to many of Dawson's contemporaries, all of whom offer up memories and anecdotes that paint a picture of a lugubrious and complex man who enjoyed life, even when it wasn't going his way. Les Dawson worked hard for his success, often being spurned in favour of more telegenic but less talented performers. But this gave him time to hone his act,… Read more
Sparks by David Quantick
Sparks by David Quantick
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Fun, 11 Oct 2012
I'm a sucker for comedy sci-fi novels, especially ones with a British anti-hero, and so Sparks was right up my street, as well as millions of other parallel streets. It was impossible to read it without hearing Quantick's own dulcet tones, which made it even more enjoyable.

Witty and well-written, lots of fun and well worth a look.