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Cover of “British Television Comedy Research Guide 1936-2011 – September 2011 Download / Print edition” by Simon Coward, Richard Down and Christopher Perry

British Television Comedy Research Guide 1936-2011
September 2011 Download / Print edition

By Simon Coward, Richard Down and Christopher Perry

Approximately 2500 pages,
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Frankie Howerd, Tommy Cooper, Arthur Askey, Morecambe and Wise, Chris Addison, Lee Mack, Angus Deayton, Rowan Atkinson, Arthur Lowe and Nerys Hughes are a few of the comedians and actors appearing in this book. There are also thousands of lesser-known performers including many long-forgotten variety stars of yesteryear in this book. They all appear in a huge array of shows that Kaleidoscope have listed in incredible detail to please any trivia buff or ardent researcher.

These shows include Dad’s Army, The Likely Lads, Please Sir!, Man About the House and Sykes which sit side by side with the obscure Don’t Tell Father, The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Gordon Peters Show.

Casts, producers, directors, writers, musicians – if they appeared in British comedy shows, they are in this book. Look for Ridley Scott, Roy Clarke, Johnnie Mortimer, Colin Bostock-Smith, Geoff Atkinson, Richard Curtis and all the other famous names of the past.

This book is a must-have for anybody interested in British comedy. It’s also the only book to comprehensively list untransmitted comedy pilots.

To view a full listing of all the programmes covered by this guide, click here.


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