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"Rising Damp": A Celebration Hardcover – 7 Sep 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; hardcover edition (7 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752261398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752261393
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Richard Webber is a journalist specialising in showbusiness. He has contributed to a host of newspapers and magazines, including Daily Express, Sunday Express, The Mirror, TV Times, The Lady, Yours, OK!, My Weekly and Woman's Weekly. He is the author of seven previous books about classic television programmes, including the best-selling The Complete A-Z of Dad's Army. Richard lives in Somerset with his wife, Paula, and baby daughter, Hollie.

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Format: Hardcover
If you've enjoyed this hilarious comedy series, you will surely enjoy Richard Webber's delightful (not to mention comprehensive) tribute. With complete participation from everyone involved in the production (those surviving, of course), Webber seamlessly weaves their many anecdotes into the text. The result is a dynamic, captivating, and thoroughly satisfying look back at the series largely through their recollections and memories, and it is without a doubt one of the best tribute books I've ever read (and I've read a number of them).
The book includes a detailed history of the series (and the stageplay--The Banana Box--upon which it was based), with information on how the series came about, how the right atmosphere was created on the set, how the right effect was achieved for the characters through wardrobe, and so on. The book commences with a 7-page bio of writer Eric Chappell. It includes brief (one-half page or so) bios of the producers and directors, bios on each of the four main actors and the characters they portrayed (2 to 7 pages each), and brief (1 to 2 page) bios of all the actors who appeared as "other tenants." A lovely inclusion are the very brief (but informative) little bios on all the other actors who appeared in the show--actors such as Diana King, Larry Martyn, Fanny Rowe, and Andrew Sachs to name a few. Indeed, it was interesting to find out what became of many of them and what other shows they've been in.
Also included is a complete episode guide, with summaries of each episode, the cast listing for each episode, the date of recording and of original transmission, and even the locations where rehearsals took place.
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By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Richard Webber's sitcom companion books are essential reading for all who love great British comedy, and this is no exception. Rising Damp was ITV's most successful sitcom, and one of the all-time greats. This book features in-depth interviews with the series' author, Eric Chappell, and all the main cast. The history of the programme is described in minute detail - from its inception as a play, through the phenomenon of the sitcom, to the 1980 movie. It is filled with behind-the-scenes information, updates on the supporting cast, script excerpts and many exclusive photographs. A fantastically-researched, well-written, well-presented tribute to one of the cornerstones of British comedy.
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For all Rising Damp fans! This book is very entertaining and gives you an insight into the making of the series! How the cast worked together and how they got on! Even mentions good old Vienna the cat! Love it!
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