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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A RIPPING YARN!,
I found this book to be rip roaring fun, each of the 792 pages had me gasping for breath to keep back the laughter that was issuing from my mouth. His account of the mix up when taking Princess Di to the Savoy had them end up with The people's princess wrapping her gums around a savaloy in the back of Eamon Holmes' Vauxhall Cavalier. This book doesn't just chart the bewildering heights but also the awful, awful lows. Such as Beadle's aborted rap album with Nelson Mandella and his battles with a lifelong tic tac addiction.
9/10 (I deducted the 1 because there are numerous grammatical errors throughout.)
All in all, Mr. Beadle deserves a big hand from all of us. BRAVO SIR!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out indeed!!!!,
Jeremy Beadle was and is a show business legend; for almost a century this practical joker was at the fore front of British Television, cutting edge journalism and hardcore horse on woman pornography.
This fine autobiography traces Beadle's desperate struggle for fame, often to be over shadowed by his twin brother; plate balancer and ferret breeder, Simon 'Corn beef face' Weston. It was only after a 1 night stand with TV's Floella Benjamin that Beadle first got bit by the media bug (quite literally; Floella's clunge was infested with crabs). With Floella's insider knowledge, Beadle quickly became known to producers and canteen staff at many minor local radio stations and started work at BBC Pinxton as a researcher for broadcastings titans Bob Carolgees, Anne Diamond and Richard Madeley.
By the early 1980's Beadle was very much in demand as a panelist on shows such as 'You Bet', 'Crosswits' and 'Win, Lose or Draw', whilst maintaining a career as Sous-Chef at the Marco Pierre-White patronised Little Chef, Croydon. His trademark pixie hand and comedy teeth were soon to find their own showcase on `Game For A Laugh', `You've Been Framed' and `Beadles About' (the latter being the favourite show of the much missed Queen Mother, who told the Radio Times in an interview just before she died; "that honkie mother f**ker is the funniest c**t on the box!)
Before his shock death in 2008 of rabies, Beadle was in line for a Knighthood for several bulk donations of his underwear to the Spastic community combined with his journalistic coverage of the shooting of Jill Dando, the Soham murders and the closure of 7 Kwik Saves in the Aberystwyth area. Now in 2011, statues have been commissioned by the government of inspirational figures of the modern age to stand in Trafalgar Square; unsurprisingly Beadle will join Gandhi, Einstein and Shakespeare. Designed by Tracey Emin and the blind lass from the Lionel Richie `Hello' video, the figures will be revealed by Beadle's widower, Beverley Allitt on the anniversary of his death.
This book comes highly recommended by The BBC's Arts and Culture show and is now among the all time best selling autobiographies which include memoirs by Mr Motivator, Gretchen `Ethel from Eastenders' Franklin and Shabba Ranks. A must read. 5 out 5 stars.
(Warning: contains profanity and explicit vaginal photography).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCH OUT...THERE'S A BEADLE BOOK ABOUT!,
By A Customer
Beadle has made millions of people laugh with his hilarious wind-ups over the years.Who can forget that guy with the white van that got pushed into the water? Well, maybe some weren't all that good... This book discusses Beadle's rise to the top in style. As presenter of such classics as Game For A Laugh and of course Beadle's About he introduced his brand of wind-up to the world.We should all be thankful for such a comedic gift! He then went on to present that camcorder show which was quite good. He doesn't do that anymore though and his absence from our screens is a disgrace.This book made me realise how much I miss Beadle and it filled a gap for a short while. I am a fan of major personalities,and if you are too,please allow me to recommend the biographies of Eric Hall (a friend of Beadle), Greg Martin and Peter Stringfellow.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant read,
By A Customer
i found this book fabulous i really enjoyed it and the career advice may help too as i would like to go into the media the part that stands out for me is where he organised the bickershaw festival and his dealings with Chuck Berry and others many people put Jeremy Beadle down if they read this it would probably change their view as it did mine
5.0 out of 5 stars wow,
only read this book because I heard a well known comedian mention it on the telly, but i'm glad I did. Didn't realise J.B. had so many feathers in his hat. THe man was responsible for such a wide variety of brilliant happenings. if not in the front row, he was always involved somewhere in the background. definitely a recommended read, even if you are not a beadle fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and a must for all beadle fans.,
Great buy! A very insightful and comedic look into the life of one the UKs most prolific pranksters and entertainers. I have loaned it to a few friends and they have all loved it. It will be in my bookcase for a long time to come. Delivery was fast.
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting life,
An interesting story which highlights that despite somewhat difficult beginnings in life he worked his way through trials and tribulations to achieve national recognition.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent,
love autobriographies, didnt like this person much and was ordered by mistake ,but its a brilliant read what a nice person, reconmend it
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Watch Out!: An Autobiography by Jeremy Beadle