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Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads

Author : Richard Webber
ISBN : 0752818155
Genre : Likely Lads (Television program)
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In 1963 a young Dick Clement was on a director's course for the BBC. As part of their final presentation they presented a sketch about two boys and two girls talking about a date. The BBC liked it. BBC2 was about to be launched. They were short of series. They phoned Dick Clement and asked if he could write the first series. He and La Frenais got to work on their kitchen table... and so launched the careers of three sets of Likely Lads: Bob Ferris and Terry Collier; James Bolam and Rodney Bewes; Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. By 1966, 20 episodes had been recorded and Terry and Bob had become icons of the age. In 1973 they returned in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? which was even more popular than the original series. Today, both series are still shown achieving audience figures of between six and seven million people and Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais went on to write the classic shows Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen Pet as well as hit Hollywood movies The Rock and Still Crazy. This is the first time writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have collaborated on a book about themselves and their most famous creations, how they were commissioned to write the first series which became The Likely Lads, how the series was written, the reaction to it, filming and writing the sequel. Included are character and main actor profiles, episode-by-episode guide cast-lists and original transmission dates and much more.
Category: Likely Lads (Television program)


Author : Owen Jones
ISBN : 1784783773
Genre : Political Science
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In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little Britain's Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike dismiss as feckless, criminalized and ignorant a vast, underprivileged swathe of society whose members have become stereotyped by one, hate-filled word: chavs. In this groundbreaking investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from "salt of the earth" to "scum of the earth." Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, one based on the media's inexhaustible obsession with an indigent white underclass, he portrays a far more complex reality. Moving through Westminster's lobbies and working-class communities from Dagenham to Dewsbury Moor, Jones reveals the increasing poverty and desperation of communities made precarious by wrenching social and industrial change, and all but abandoned by the aspirational, society-fragmenting policies of Thatcherism and New Labour. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient figleaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems, and to justify widening inequality. Based on a wealth of original research, and wide-ranging interviews with media figures, political opinion-formers and workers, Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment, and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain.
Category: Political Science

The Likely Lads

Author : Phil Wickham
ISBN : 1844572137
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Likely Lads provides an entertaining and insightful critical account of one of Britains best-loved and most enduring sitcoms. The program had two incarnations: the original series, The Likely Lads depicted the mid 60s escapades of Bob and Terry, two footloose and fancy-free Tyneside lads; and its even more popular 70s sequel, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, which shows our heroes coming to terms with the end of their youth and its attendant possibilities. Now Bob, with his wife Thelma, is aiming for the stars via the badminton club, with executive starter home and the bistro, while Terry revels in the gutter. Phil Wickham explores what the series says about Bob and Terrys times, from the affluent 60s to the more troubled decade that followed, how The Likely Lads tackled issues of class and masculinity and at the nature of the series humor and its enduring appeal. He examines its place in the tradition of British sitcom and why sitcoms have such a special relationship with their audience. His discussions are informed by interviews with the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
Category: Performing Arts

The Spies Of Warsaw

Author : Alan Furst
ISBN : 1588367169
Genre : Fiction
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NOW A MINISERIES ON BBC AMERICA STARRING DAVID TENNANT An autumn evening in 1937. A German engineer arrives at the Warsaw railway station. Tonight, he will be with his Polish mistress; tomorrow, at a workers’ bar in the city’s factory district, he will meet with the military attaché from the French embassy. Information will be exchanged for money. So begins The Spies of Warsaw, the brilliant new novel by Alan Furst, lauded by The New York Times as “America’s preeminent spy novelist.” War is coming to Europe. French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw. At the same time, the handsome aristocrat finds himself in a passionate love affair with a Parisian woman of Polish heritage, a lawyer for the League of Nations. Colonel Mercier must work in the shadows, amid an extraordinary cast of venal and dangerous characters–Colonel Anton Vyborg of Polish military intelligence; the mysterious and sophisticated Dr. Lapp, senior German Abwehr officer in Warsaw; Malka and Viktor Rozen, at work for the Russian secret service; and Mercier’s brutal and vindictive opponent, Major August Voss of SS counterintelligence. And there are many more, some known to Mercier as spies, some never to be revealed. The Houston Chronicle has described Furst as “the greatest living writer of espionage fiction.” The Spies of Warsaw is his finest novel to date–the history precise, the writing evocative and powerful, more a novel about spies than a spy novel, exciting, atmospheric, erotic, and impossible to put down. “As close to heaven as popular fiction can get.” –Los Angeles Times, about The Foreign Correspondent “What gleams on the surface in Furst’s books is his vivid, precise evocation of mood, time, place, a letter-perfect re-creation of the quotidian details of World War II Europe that wraps around us like the rich fug of a wartime railway station.” –Time “A rich, deeply moving novel of suspense that is equal parts espionage thriller, European history and love story.” –Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times, about Dark Star “Some books you read. Others you live. They seep into your dreams and haunt your waking hours until eventually they seem the stuff of memory and experience. Such are the novels of Alan Furst, who uses the shadowy world of espionage to illuminate history and politics with immediacy.” –Nancy Pate, Orlando Sentinel From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Fiction

The House That Sailed Away

Author : Pat Hutchins
ISBN : 9781783192700
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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It’s rained like cats and dogs every day since Grandma arrived. Even the baby’s had enough of being cooped up indoors. All that changes when Mother makes a shocking discovery: the house is half way down the street and heading out to sea! In the exciting adventures that follow, the family find themselves at the centre of a dangerous international plot to steal the Crown jewels. Will they ever get their house back home, or will One-Eyed jake and his bloodthirsty pirates get them first? A hilarious musical romp, with wacky illustrations from Laurence Hutchins.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Carrie S War

Author : Nina Bawden
ISBN : 9781849436113
Genre : Drama
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When the Second World War air raids threaten their safety in the city, Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated to a small Welsh village. But the countryside has dangers and adventures of its own - and a group of characters who will change Carrie's life forever. There's mean Mr Evans, who won't let the children eat meat; but there’s also kind Auntie Lou. There's brilliant young Albert Sandwich, another evacuee, and Mr Johnny, who speaks a language all of his own. Then there's Hepzibah Green, the witch at Druid’s Grove who makes perfect mince pies, and the ancient skull with its terrifying curse...For adults and young people aged eight and over. Emma Reeves has created a stunning stage adaptation of Nina Bawden’s much loved classic account of life as an evacuee in the 1940s, which opened at the Lillian Bayliss Theatre in November 2006. This edition includes teachers' notes and activities for classes based on the play. ‘I doubt... anything will beat this traditional page-to-stage adaptation for ceaselessly involving telling of a cracking story’ - Evening Standard ‘Irresistible’ - Sunday Telegraph, Critic's Choice ‘Richly entertaining. Funny & deeply rewarding’ - Daily Telegraph, Critic’s Choice ‘Consistently excellent’ - The Times, Critic’s Choice ‘Dramatic, imaginative and polished’ - Evening Standard, Critic’s Choice ‘Excellent. Truly refreshing story-telling’ - Daily Mail
Category: Drama

The Rotters Club

Author : Jonathan Coe
ISBN : 9780141910048
Genre : Fiction
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The Rotters' Club - Jonathan Coe's iconic 1970s coming-of-age novel Winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize, The Rotters' Club follows Benjamin Trotter - bestselling author Jonathan Coe's most iconic character - through the hilarious and, at times, touching trials and tribulations of growing up in 1970s Britain. Unforgettably funny and painfully honest, Jonathan Coe's tale of Benjamin Trotter and his friends' coming of age during the 1970s is a heartfelt celebration of the joys and agonies of growing up. Featuring, among other things, IRA bombs, prog rock, punk rock, bad poetry, first love, love on the side. Prefects, detention, a few bottles of Blue Nun, lots of brown wallpaper, industrial strife, and divine intervention in the form of a pair of swimming trunks. Set against the backdrop of the decade's class struggles, tragic and riotous by turns, packed with thwarted romance and furtive sex, The Rotters' Club will be enjoyed by readers of Nick Hornby and William Boyd and anyone who ever experience adolescence the hard way. 'One of those sweeping, ambitious yet hugely readable, moving and richly comic novels that you find all too rarely in English fiction...a masterpiece' Daily Telegraph 'Very funny...a compulsive and gripping read. Coe had achieved that rare feat: a novel stuffed with characters you really care for' The Times 'A book to cherish, a book to reread, a book to buy for all your friends' Independent on Sunday Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting political satire, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. His other titles, The Closed Circle (sequel to The Rotters' Club), The Accidental Woman, The Dwarves of Death, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the 1998 Prix Médicis Étranger), A Touch of Love, What a Carve Up! (winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available in Penguin paperback.
Category: Fiction

What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible

Author : Ross Welford
ISBN : 9780399551543
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A surprising, stunningly beautiful, and funny novel about a girl who turns invisible and, in the process, discovers who she really is, from the author of TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER Twelve-year-old Ethel Leatherhead only meant to cure her acne, not turn herself invisible. But that's exactly what happens when she combines herbs bought on the Internet with time spent in a secondhand tanning bed. At first it's terrifying to be invisible . . . and then it's fun . . . but when the effect doesn't wear off one day, Ethel is thrown into a heart-stopping adventure. With her friend Boydy by her side, Ethel struggles to conceal her invisibility, all the while unraveling the biggest secret of all: who she really is. From the talented author of Time Traveling with a Hamster comes another utterly original, deeply poignant--and humorous--novel about a girl who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Gino S Hidden Italy

Author : Gino D'Acampo
ISBN : 9781473646490
Genre : Cooking
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Join the nation's favourite Italian chef, on his journey of discovery through Northern Italy, to reveal the secrets of real Italian food. From peach picking in Turin to truffle hunting in Piedmonte, Gino celebrates the best in local and seasonal Italian ingredients. Using traditional methods found in the kitchens of Italy, this book will introduce Gino's fans to 80 delicious new recipes, that will bring authentic Italian dining to your family table. It will accompany Gino's new 7-part primetime series Hidden Italy, coming to ITV this Autumn. Chapters include: Antipasti & Soups; Pasta; Risotto; Fish & Seafood; Poultry & Meat; Vegetables & Sides; Pizza, Pies & Bread; Desserts
Category: Cooking

Learning To Labour

Author : Paul Willis
ISBN : 9781351218764
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book which has now established itself as a classic study of working class boys describes how Paul Willis followed a group of 'lads' as they passed through the last two years of school and into work. The book explains that for 'the lads' it is their own culture which blocks teaching and prevents the realisation of liberal education aims. This culture exposes some of the contradictions within these formal aims and actually supplies the operational criteria by which a future in wage labour is judged. Paul Willis explores how their own culture can guide working class lads on to the shop floor. This is an uncompromising book which has provoked considerable discussion and controversy in educational circles throughout the world - it has been translated into Finnish, German, French, Swedish, Japanese and Spanish.
Category: Business & Economics