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A Funny Way to Make a Living!: The Autobiography o&hellip by Bill Pertwee
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bill Pertwee has been contributing to shows, sketches and sitcoms for more than half a century. He was superbly reliable on radio in such much-loved series as Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne, and then was a stalwart of many David Croft television sitcoms - the best of all, of course, being Dad's Army. In this bright and breezy look back at his life and career, Pertwee shows himself to be as modest and as amiable as ARP Warden Hodges was pompous and irritating. If you have enjoyed the shows, and are not eager for deep dark secrets, you will find this book a warm and entertaining read.
Spike and Co: Spike, Eric and the Golden Age of Br&hellip by Graham McCann
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
First: There is an extraordinary story here - the best comedy scriptwriters in the country (the first great wave of 'celebrity' comedy scriptwriters) all working side by side in the same set of offices for more than a decade. Second: there are the individual studies of each writer, and each programme. So: what you get are several invaluable books in one - a brilliant compendium of a special era in British comedy. Quite simply irresistable.
Dad's Army: The Story of a Classic Television Show by Graham McCann
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Unless you crave page after page about the likes of Harold Bennett - the old man who popped up in the odd episode to say things like 'Oi, where's me chicken gorn?' - this book will more than satisfy your curiosity about this wonderful sitcom. It puts the programme in its context, it goes behind the scenes, it analyses the relationships and it celebrates the great writing and acting that made the show so enduringly popular and critically admired. Superb.

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