“Many sitcoms simply arrive, amuse and then fade away . . . The special few, however, creep deep into our consciousness, capture our imagination, engage our emotions and never, ever, let us forget them”
Britain’s favourite entertainment writer celebrates Britain’s best-loved sitcom
In the thirty years since viewers first visited Nelson Mandela House, Only Fools and Horses has won countless awards and is still Britain’s most-watched and best-loved sitcom. Del Boy’s overwhelming popularity has even inspired the Oxford English Dictionary to include a selection of his most famous words and phrases, such as ‘lovely jubbly’ and ‘twonk’.
In this fascinating, entertaining and meticulously researched book, acclaimed biographer Graham McCann goes behind the scenes to tell the inside story of Britain’s most enduring comedy. With major contributions from the people who wrote, produced and starred in the programme and with material drawn from the BBC archives, it’s time to take one last trip down Hooky Street …
“This is a thoroughly-researched, breezily-written, affectionate and yet never dewy-eyed account of how a great TV series was put together. It stands as a worthy monument to its creator”
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“McCann provides hundreds of interesting details … on how the show crept into the British consciousness and captured the British public’s imagination with its characters and humour … The back stories of the actors and actresses are engrossing and how the theme music came about is a comic tale in itself”
“What is not to love about this book? It is meticulous, exact, intelligent, affectionate and somehow inspirational. McCann, who has written on Cary Grant and Morecombe & Wise, has delivered his best one yet.”
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“McCann’s impeccably detailed biography is both a celebration and a lament.”
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“Never has the sheer awkwardness of the human condition been so comically or beautifully conveyed.”
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Graham McCann is the most trusted and admired entertainment writer working in the UK today. He is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of books on Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, Frankie Howerd, Cary Grant, Spike Milligan, Terry-Thomas, Woody Allen, John Le Mesurier, Morecambe and Wise, and Marilyn Monroe. He also writes regularly on politics and culture for a wide range of publications.