Kenneth Williams Born Brilliant

The Life of Kenneth Williams Christopher Stevens. wasn't the nicest human being. I can remember him being catty, or mean . . . Stop messing about, don't be like that – it was very much a sort of a spoiled child.

Kenneth Williams  Born Brilliant

Kenneth Williams Born Brilliant

Kenneth Williams was the stand-out comic actor of his generation. Beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and as a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows, he was also acclaimed for serious stage roles. Born Brilliant includes previously unseen material from Williams's candid daily journal and also draw on rare in-depth interviews with friends and colleagues. Since the publication of edited extracts from his diaries, much controversy has surrounded Williams's personal and professional lives. This biography traces the complex contradictions that characterised an extraordinary life and presents the first full portrait of a star who was born brilliant.

Gaunty s Best of British

Dave Allen died in 2005 but by God do we need a comedian like him on the box now more than ever. ... in Carry On Nurse and for the rest of his brilliant career 0 iErev stop messing about' — Kenneth Williams in Round the Home and for the ...

Gaunty s Best of British

Gaunty s Best of British

Gaunty's Best of British is one man's cheerful look at what's right - and what's wrong - with his country, and a brilliantly entertaining guide to how Britain can be Great again. Jon Gaunt embarks on a tour of the best bits of this green and pleasant land, celebrating all things British. His forthright tribute is an aptly eclectic collection, covering everything from cricket, foxhunting and the FA Cup, to great inventions like the Spitfire, the Mini and the miniskirt, and our unofficial national cuisine of fish and chips washed down with a cup of tea or a pint of real ale. Whether you live in Coventry or Cambridge, Liverpool or London, now is the time to join Gaunty and start shouting about this fantastic country and what makes it so Great.

Who s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History

By the late 1950s he was starring in his own shows, The Kenneth Williams Show and Stop Messing About. At the same time Williams moved naturally into films, and began a long career in broad farce with Carry On Sergeant in 1958.

Who s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History

Who s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History

Provides a comprehensive modern biographical survey of homosexuality in the Western world. Among those included are:* controversial political activists - Peter Tatchell; Guy Hocquenghem; Harvey Milk* pop icons - David Bowie; k d lang; Boy George* groundbreaking artists, writers and filmmakers - Pier Paolo Pasolini; Derek Jarman; David Hockney* intellectuals who have shaped and changed the modern understanding of sexuality - Michel Foucault; Simone de Beauvoir; Alfred Kinsey* over 500 entries - clear, informative and enjoyable to read - build up a superbly thorough overview of gay and lesbian life in our time.

The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson

... given the rampant campery that had recently been on display in Kenneth Williams's series Stop Messing About. ... him and his own father during the Second World War, although his own periods of leave were longer and more frequent.

The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson

The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson

Les Dawson: a comedian who, more than any other, spoke for the phlegmatic, resigned, sarcastic, glorious British way of life. This is his story. A Northern lad who climbed out of the slums thanks to an uncommonly brilliant mind, Les Dawson was always the underdog, but his bark was funnier and more incisive than many comics who claimed to bite. Married twice in real life, he had a third wife in his comic world - a fictional ogre built from spare parts left by fleeing Nazis at the end of World War II - and an equally frightening mother-in-law. He was down to earth, yet given to eloquent, absurd flights of fancy. He was endlessly generous with his time, but slow to buy a round of drinks. He was a mass of contradictions. In short, he was human, he was genuine, and that's why audiences loved him.

Who s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Vol 2

By the late 1950s he was starring in his own shows, The Kenneth Williams Show and Stop Messing About. ... the 'Carry On' team, including Charles Hawtrey, Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor and others, who were to make more than ...

Who s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Vol 2

Who s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Vol 2

Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day provides a comprehensive modern biographical survey of homosexuality in the Western world. Among those included are: * Controversial political activists - Peter Tatchell; Guy Hocquenghem; Harvey Milk * Pop icons - David Bowie; k d lang; Boy George * Groundbreaking artists, writers and filmmakers - Pier Paolo Pasolini; Derek Jarman; David Hockney * Intellectuals who have shaped and changed the modern understanding of sexuality - Michel Foucault; Simone de Beauvoir; Alfred Kinsey * Over 500 entries - clear, informative and enjoyable to read - build up a superbly thorough overview of gay and lesbian life in our time.

Round Mr Horne

The Life of Kenneth Horne Barry Johnston ... After Kenneth, the best-known member of the cast was Kenneth Williams. ... an ingratiating bore with a simpering voice, whose expressions, 'Good evenin'' and 'No, stop messing about!

Round Mr Horne

Round Mr Horne

When Kenneth Horne died in 1969 at the age of 61, he was described as 'the last of the truly great radio comics'. In a broadcasting career spanning more than 25 years he starred in three of the most popular radio comedy series of all time - "Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh", "Beyond Our Ken" and "Round the Horne". Born in 1907, Horne was the youngest of seven children of a Congregationalist preacher and MP. He won a half-blue for tennis at Cambridge but was sent down for failing his exams. In 1939 he joined the RAF and rose to the rank of Wing Commander before he broke into broadcasting after compeering a troop concert on the BBC. With his brother officer, Richard 'Dickie' Murdoch he created the hugely popular Much-Binding-in the-Marsh set on a remote RAF station 'somewhere in England' which ran for ten years. After leaving the RAF he successfully combined two careers, as a businessman and a broadcaster, until he suffered a stroke in 1958 and had to cut short his business career. During his convalescence he helped to devise the legendary radio series "Beyond Our Ken" in which he presided amiably over a cast of anarchic characters played by Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee. This was followed by "Round the Horne" which has been called 'the funniest comedy series in radio history'. In 1969 Kenneth Horne collapsed and died on stage while presenting a television awards programme.

Utta Drivel Free

“No, come on... stop messing about...” Kenneth Williams'd Wupert. “Iceberg. ... They had been doing it for a few years and their performances had become increasingly camp as they had grown to enjoy it more and more.

Utta Drivel Free

Utta Drivel Free

Utta Drivel Free is a comic novel that follows the life of Wilfric and his friends Boothroyd and Utta Drivel. Wilfric is 1600-odd years-old, a longevity that can make for some interesting takes on history. Meeting up with walking disaster Boothroyd and the wonderfully eccentric patriot Utta Drivel leads to much laughter. Their sparkling conversations cover many interesting ideas. Are 10 commandments enough to cover 7 deadly sins? Why were typists ever needed – you wouldn’t get a monk to do your handwriting for you, after all... But laid-back entrepreneur Wilfric has managed to make enemies in mystical Glastonbury after setting up a business there. This upset the Glastonbury Underworld and they took out a contract on him. The friends' lives become interspersed with attacks from two incompetent New Age hippies - Loco Chanel, a militant aromatherapist, and her mad partner, Ossie the Osteopath. An audaciously satirical work in which the author's wit will make you laugh out loud.

Dictionary of Catch Phrases

stop messing about! (— no, no, or come on.). 'Kenneth Williams in his nudging voice. The phrase started when he was a supporting actor in Hancock 's Half Hour. Later the title of a radio series in which he starred' (VIBS). stop-out.

Dictionary of Catch Phrases

Dictionary of Catch Phrases

A catch phrase is a well-known, frequently-used phrase or saying that has `caught on' or become popular over along period of time. It is often witty or philosophical and this Dictionary gathers together over 7,000 such phrases.

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

John Cleese1939– and Connie Booth 1944– English and American-born comic actors: Fawlty Towers (BBC TV, 1979) Stop messing about! protest of Snide (Kenneth Williams) Ray Galton1930– and Alan Simpson 1929– English writers: Hancock's ...

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Writer, broadcaster, and wit Gyles Brandreth has completely revised Ned Sherrin's classic collection of wisecracks, one-liners, and anecdotes. With over 1,000 new quotations from all media, it's easy to find hilarious quotes on subjects ranging from Argument to Diets, from Computers to The Weather. Add sparkle to your speeches and presentations, or just enjoy a good laugh in company with Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Joan Rivers, Kathy Lette, Frankie Boyle, and friends. 'Now we have the World Wide Web (the only thing I know of whose shortened form-www-takes three times longer to say than what it's short for)' Douglas Adams 'Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends' Woody Allen 'Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight' Phyllis Diller 'Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit' Elizabeth Gilbert 'The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it' Terry Pratchett 'Retreat, hell! We're only attacking in another direction' American general Oliver P. Smith

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Sergeant-Major Williams (Windsor Davies) to his concert party So Harry says, 'You don't like me any more. ... Stop messing about! protest of Snide (Kenneth Williams) striker: Surely you can't be serious. dr rumack: I am serious.

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Furnishes over five thousand quotations, including classic one-liners, quips, and put-downs from such personalities as Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, Jane Austen, and Dorothy Parker.

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