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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)

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 Rotters Club

Author : Jonathan Coe
ISBN : 9780141033266
Genre : Fiction
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Jonathan Coe's widely acclaimed novel is set in the 1970s against a distant backdrop of strikes, terrorist attacks and growing racial tension. A group of young friends inherit the editorship of their school magazine and begin to put their own distinctive spin onto events in the wider world. A zestful comedy of personal and social upheaval, The Rotters' Club captures a fateful moment in British politics - the collapse of 'Old Labour' - and imagines its impact on the topsy-turvy world of the bemused teenager: a world in which a lost pair of swimming trunks can be just as devastating as an IRA bomb.
Category: Fiction

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 War Against Boys

Author : Christina Hoff Sommers
ISBN : 9781501125423
Genre : Education
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An updated and revised edition of the controversial classic--now more relevant than ever--argues that boys are the ones languishing socially and academically, resulting in staggering social and economic costs. Girls and women were once second-class citizens in the nation's schools. Americans responded w ith concerted efforts to give girls and women the attention and assistance that was long overdue. Now, after two major waves of feminism and decades of policy reform, women have made massive strides in education. Today they outperform men in nearly every measure of social, academic, and vocational well-being. Christina Hoff Sommers contends that it's time to take a hard look at present-day realities and recognize that boys need help. Called "provocative and controversial . . . impassioned and articulate" ("The Christian Science M"onitor), this edition of "The War Against Boys" offers a new preface and six radically revised chapters, plus updates on the current status of boys throughout the book. Sommers argues that the problem of male underachievement is persistent and worsening. Among the new topics Sommers tackles: how the war against boys is harming our economic future, and how boy-averse trends such as the decline of recess and zero-tolerance disciplinary policies have turned our schools into hostile environments for boys. As our schools become more feelings-centered, risk-averse, competition-free, and sedentary, they move further and further from the characteristic needs of boys. She offers realistic, achievable solutions to these problems that include boy-friendly pedagogy, character and vocational education, and the choice of single-sex classrooms. "The War Against Boys" is an incisive, rigorous, and heartfelt argument in favor of recognizing and confronting a new reality: boys are languishing in education and the price of continued neglect is economically and socially prohibitive.
Category: Education

Learning To Labor In New Times

Author : Nadine Dolby
ISBN : 9781135934583
Genre : Education
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Learning to Labor in New Times foregrounds nine essays which re-examine the work of noted sociologist Paul Willis, 25 years after the publication of his seminal Learning to Labor, one of the most frequently cited and assigned texts in the cultural studies and social foundations of education.
Category: Education


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

State Of Emergency

Author : Dominic Sandbrook
ISBN : IND:30000127032179
Genre : History
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In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten.In this brilliant new history, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the gaudy, schizophrenic atmosphere of the early Seventies: the world of Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, David Bowie and Brian Clough, Germaine Greer and Mary Whitehouse. An age when the unions were on the march and the socialist revolution seemed at hand, but also when feminism, permissiveness, pornography and environmentalism were transforming the lives of millions. It was an age of miners' strikes, tower blocks and IRA atrocities, but it also gave us celebrity footballers and high-street curry houses, organic foods and package holidays, gay rights and glam rock.For those who remember the days when you could buy a new colour television but power cuts stopped you from watching it, this book could hardly be more vivid. It is the perfect guide to a luridly colourful Seventies landscape that shaped our present from the financial boardroom to the suburban bedroom.
Category: History

Before And After Superflat

Author : Adrian Favell
ISBN : 9881506417
Genre : Art
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Any discussion of Japanese contemporary art inevitably leads to the pop-culture fantasies of Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara and the other artists of the Superflat movement. But Japan as a whole has changed dramatically after stumbling through a series of economic, social and ecological crises since the collapse of its "bubble" economy in the early 1990s. How did Murakami, Nara and Superflat become the dominant artistic vision of the Japan of today? What lies behind their imagery of a childish and decadent society unable to face up to reality? Written by a sociologist with an eye for sharp observation and clear reportage, Before and After Superflat offers the first comprehensive history in English of the Japanese art world from 1990 up to the tsunami of March 2011, and its struggle to find a voice amidst Japan's economic decline and China's economic ascent.
Category: Art

A Kind Of Loving

Author : Stan Barstow
ISBN : 1906998353
Genre : Fiction
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The constrictions of life in a Northern industrial town are delineated through the relationship between Victor and Ingrid, a draughtsman and a typist working in the same factory. As the central characters painfully come to terms with each other, their feelings and motives seem both conditioned by and suspended somewhere between middle-class gentility and a fading sense of working class community.
Category: Fiction