Forty years ago, at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival, four young men - Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett - walked on to a stage and the change the face not merely of British comedy but of social attitudes in this country. Beyond the Fringe was iconoclastic, fracturing the 'culture of deference' which had predominated in the 1950s. It was the forerunner of an explosion of satire which included The Establishment Club, Private Eye and the BBC's daring weekly satire show, That Was the Week that Was. Award-winning biographer Humphrey Carpenter evokes the atmosphere of 1950s Britain and the social and political conditions which enraged and inspired the satirists, and brings vibrantly alive this amusing but also key period of British cultural life. The book is based on original, in-depth interviews with most of the key personalities, including Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Richard Ingrams, Barry Humphreys, Ned Sherrin and the late John Wells. It includes sketches from Beyond the Fringe which never made it to London, and much of the hilarious material which went into TWTWTW, as well as fascinating material from the BBC archives.
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Atmospheric, entertaining account of the 1960s satire generation that produced Beyond the Fringe, The Establishment Club, Private Eye and That Was the Week that Was, by one of our most distinguished biographers.About the Author:
Humphrey Carpenter was born in 1946. After Oxford, he worked for the BBC, and then became a freelance writer. He has written numerous prize-winning biographies as well as a highly successful children's book series. He is a regular book reviewer for the Sunday Times, and was the director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature 1994-6.
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Descrizione libro W&N, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 378 pages. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0575065885
Descrizione libro Victor Gollancz, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0575065885