Here a re a few of my favourite links to Old Time TV , Movies, Radio and Authors connected with the Entertainment world.
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http://www.ronaldcolman.com (A MUST FOR ALL RONALD COLEMAN FANS OUT THERE)
http://www.josephinetey.net (THE WONDERFUL LADY WHO BROUGHT US MANY A GRIPPING MYSTERY)
http://www.play.com (THE PLACE TO GO FOR COMMERCIAL RELEASED SHOWS)
http://www.amazon.co.uk (ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO GO FOR COMMERCIAL RELEASED SHOWS)
http://www.grahammccann.co.uk/ (THE UK's BEST TV & MEDIA BIOGRAPHER BY FAR!)
ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART (OUT 6th JUNE 2013 IN THE UK)
(Burt Bacharach & Robert Greenfield)
In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life.
From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach details his long-lasting success as well as the never-before-told stories behind the hits. Candid and emotional, and with 16 pages of color photographs, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music is Burt Bacharach in his own words—a powerful and personal look at the award-winning songwriter and composer.
"DO YOU THINK THAT'S WISE"
THE LIFE OF JOHN LEMESURIER (Graham McCann)
Best known for Dad’s Army, in which his Sergeant Wilson played the languid, rakish foil to Arthur Lowe’s pompous, chippy Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier was one of Britain’s favourite and most recognisable character actors.
The epitome of insouciance and languor on screen, in real life this charming, quietly-spoken bon viveur was plagued by private turmoil and heartbreak. Married three times, he saw his first wife succumb to alcoholism, his second – the comedy diva Hattie Jacques – move her lover into the family home, and his third enjoy a passionate dalliance with troubled comic Tony Hancock. As Graham McCann reveals in this fully authorised and moving biography, as an actor John Le Mesurier was a key ingredient in the success of Britain’s greatest sitcom, but as a man he was far more courageous than Sergeant Wilson was ever meant to be.
STAND UP COMIC (Graham McCann)
The rambling perambulations, the catchphrases, the bland brown suit and chestnut hairpiece: such were the hallmarks of a revolution in stand-up comedy that came in the unique shape of Frankie Howerd. His act was all about his lack of act, his humour reliant on trying to prevent the audience from laughing ('No, no please, now…now control please, control').
This new biography from Graham McCann charts the circuitous course of an extraordinary career – moving from his early, exceptional, success in the forties and early fifties as a radio star, through a period at the end of the fifties when he was all but forgotten as a has-been, to his rediscovery in the early sixties by Peter Cook. Howerd returned to television popularity with ‘Up Pompeii’, which led to work with the Carry On team. In his last few years he became the unlikely doyen of the late eighties 'alternative' comedy circuit. But his life off-stage was equally fascinating: full of secrets, insecurities (leading at one point to a nervous breakdown) and unexpected friendships.
Graham McCann vividly captures both Howerd's colourful career and precarious private life through extensive new research and original interviews with such figures as Paul McCartney, Eric Sykes, Bill Cotton, Barbara Windsor, Joan Simms and Michael Grade. This exceptional biography brings to life a unique British entertainer.
STILL OPEN ALL HOURS:
THE STORY OF A CLASSIC COMEDY (Graham McCann)
Here we have the latest TV biographical masterpiece from the one and only Graham McCann. Anything and everything you want to know about the situation comedy Still Open All Hours with Ronnie Barker, David Jason et all. I couldn't put it down a must for all old time tv fans, although it only ran for 26 episodes, starting in 1973 it is and remains a UK TV classic.
Graham McCann is the author of widely praised books on Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, Yes Minister, Morecambe and Wise, Cary Grant, Terry Thomas, John LeMesurier, Spike Milligam, Dave Allen, Frankie Howerd, Woody Allen and Marilyn Monroe. Check out all Graham's books by clicking on the Still Open All Hours book on the left.
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