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4.0 out of 5 stars ...... very June Whitfield! Gentle and charming, 29 Feb. 2008
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June Whitfield is such a great comedy actress that I'm inclined to agree with the surprise of Frank Muir and Denis Norden that anyone should contemplate a comedy show without her. And indeed, it appears that very few did during the sixties and seventies in particular. What I hadn't realized was how long June Whitfield had actually been treading the boards, going right back to 1947! This book details her career right up to 2000 and features a veritable who's who of British comedy from Noel Coward to Arthur Askey, from Tony Hancock to the Carry On's, and from Terry Scott and Harry H. Corbett to Jennifer Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous. Through it all June Whitfield's approach of accepting work whenever it was offered and ensuring that her role was supporting the lead and not stealing the limelight means that she was at the forefront of most British comedy, and very entertaining it is too. The book portrays her career as trouble-free and almost straightforward. Undoubtedly there were lows to go with the apparent highs but the book has no vitriol to heap on anyone, offering instead the kind of happy reminiscing that you'd like to think represents the era best.
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