29/12/2008 … Perfectly fitting the enduring ‘tears of a clown’ archetype, the morbid tragedy of Tony Hancock’s life holds endless fascination for biographers.
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Mon 29 December 2008
Tue 23 December 2008
23/12/2008 … Gavin & Stacey: From Barry To BillericayA well put-together tie-in to the hit of the moment from original writers James Corden and Ruth Jones, this is presented…
Tue 11 November 2008
11/11/2008 … This new history of the well-remembered, if not always well-loved Radio 4 topical comedy show Week Ending landed on the doormat with a satisfying thud.
Tue 04 November 2008
04/11/2008 … At just 124 tiny pages, including illustrations, Stop Me If You’ve Heard This isn’t going to keep you occupied for more than a mid-length commute.
Wed 29 October 2008
29/10/2008 … What can be said about Kenneth Williams that hasn’t been said before… and in his own words? Thanks to the revealing diaries he fastidiously kept, we have long…
Mon 20 October 2008
20/10/2008 … Publishers will no doubt be hoping Alan Carr’s autobiography follows the same success as last year’s blockbuster comedy memoirs: Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook.
Thu 16 October 2008
16/10/2008 … Maybe it’s the trillions spent on marketing, or some moreish component of their secret ingredient 7X, but it’s hard to even read the words Coca-Cola without…
Wed 08 October 2008
08/10/2008 … In a BBC poll to find Britain’s best-ever sitcom a few years back, Till Death Do Us Part came in at an inglorious No 32.