Sir David Jason - A Life of Laughter

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Author: Stafford Hildred,Stafford Hildred & Tim Ewbank

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1782190724

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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David Jason is Britain's best-loved star. From his wonderful characterisation of Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses to Detective Jack Frost and Mr Micawber, he has captured the heart of a nation. This remarkable biography traces the life of Britain's favourite actor from his humble roots in north London through his days as an electrician to Sir David Jason, the icon we all know and love. Recruited to an early Monty Python project for his masterful sense of timing, David soon attracted the attention of Ronnie Barker with whom he appeared in episodes of the classic BBC comedy series Porridge and Open All Hours. He has gone on to create many of television's popular and enduring characters, earning numerous accolades, including the Royal Television Society's Award for Best Actor, a Top Television Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards and a BAFTA fellowship for his outstanding contribution to television. He also received the ultimate tribute in 2005; a knighthood from the Queen. Revealing the man behind Del Boy, Pop Larkin and Jack Frost, this authoritative biography offers valuable insight into his life and loves, covering the tragic loss of his partner of eighteen years, Myfanwy Talog, and the joy of his secret wedding to new love Gill Hinchcliffe, and the birth of their daughter Sophie Mae. It paints a complete portrait of one of England's funniest and most talented actors; a true national treasure.

Sir David Jason

The Biography

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Author: Stafford Hildred,Tim Ewbank

Publisher: Blake Pub

ISBN: 9781844542635

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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From his humble roots in north London through his days as an electrician, this biography traces the life of Britain's favourite actor - Sir David Jason. It is based on the actor's own memories, as well as recollections from friends, relatives and co-stars of both stage and screen.

David Jason: My Life

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Author: David Jason

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448164206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors, and the star of Only Fools and Horses. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn’t until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation’s hearts: the beloved Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV’s favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children’s show Danger Mouse. But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad’s Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way. David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.

Arise Sir David Jason

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Author: Stafford Hildred,Tim Ewbank

Publisher: Blake Pub

ISBN: 9781857825411

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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David Jason is one of Britain's best-loved stars. From his wonderful characterization of Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses to more recent portrayals as Detective Jack Frost and Mr Micawber, he lights up our television screens whenever he appears. Now he is poised to receive the ultimate accolade - a knighthood from the Queen. This biography traces David Jason's life from his humble roots in north London, through his days as an electrician, to the David Jason we all know and love. It is based on the actor's own memories and also recollections from friends, relatives and co-stars of both stage and screen.

The Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses

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Author: Dan Sullivan,Sir David Jason

Publisher: Splendid Books Limited

ISBN: 190910907X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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The 'crème de la menthe' of the hilarious one-liners from John Sullivan's Only Fools and Horses have been brought together for the first time inThe Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses.

Still Open All Hours

The Story of a Classic Comedy

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Author: Graham McCann

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448142849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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From its first episode in 1973, Open All Hours was an instant hit. Audiences around Britain loved its familiar setting, good natured humour, and the hilarious partnership of Ronnie Barker and David Jason. Whilst it only ran for 26 episodes, it firmly cemented itself as a British comedy classic. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show in 2014, the BBC revived it for a one-off Christmas Special. Still Open All Hours was swamped by a tsunami of audience affection and the BBC promptly commissioned a full series. The first episode of the fifth series is expected to air in late 2014. With recollections from David Jason, his fellow cast members, and from the scriptwriter Roy Clarke, plus never before seen BBC archive material, acclaimed popular TV historian Graham McCann tells the inside story of this very British sitcom, with wit, insight and affection.

Dads

A Celebration of Fatherhood by Britain's Finest and Funniest

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Author: Gil McNeil,Sarah Brown

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407099914

Category: Humor

Page: 256

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They may be your inspiration or your best friend, kind protectors or big on homework and manners, there for the first nappy change or always down the pub - but there is no one else quite like Dad. In Dads, Britain's finest and funniest share their anecdotes and personal recollections about both what it is like to be a dad - from the shock of looking after a new born to the mixed blessings that are teenagers - and their changing relationships with their own fathers. The phenomenal list of high-profile contributors includes Sir Richard Branson, Bill Bryson, Andrew Collins, Jilly Cooper, Richard Curtis, Sir Alex Ferguson, Anna Ford, Joanne Harris, Charlie Higson, Kathy Lette, Davina McCall, Fiona Millar, David Miliband, Anthony Minghella, John O'Farrell, David Puttnam, Ian Rankin, David Tennant, Alan Titchmarsh and Fay Weldon Hugely entertaining and thought-provoking in turns, this celebration of fatherhood explores just what it is to be a dad.

The Frood

The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Author: Jem Roberts

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409052354

Category: Humor

Page: 480

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As a wise ape once observed, space is big – vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly so. However, if you look too closely at space, it becomes nothing but lumps of rock and sundry gases. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back, and let a few billion years go by, before any of the true wonder and scope of the cosmos becomes apparent. Similarly, the late 20th century author, humorist and thinker Douglas Adams was big – vastly, hugely and thoroughly mind-bogglingly so, both in physical terms, and as a writer who has touched millions of readers, firing up millions of cerebellums all over planet Earth, for over 35 years – and for nearly half of that time, he hasn't even been alive. It would be ridiculous to pretend that Douglas Adams's life and work has gone unexamined since his dismayingly early death at 49 but throughout the decade since the last book to tackle the subject, the universes Adams created have continued to develop, to beguile and expand minds, and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come. An all-new approach to the most celebrated creation of Douglas Adams is therefore most welcome, and The Frood tells the story of Adams's explosive but agonizingly constructed fictional universe, from his initial inspirations to the posthumous sequel(s) and adaptations, bringing together a thousand tales of life as part of the British Comedy movements of the late 70s and 80s along the way. With the benefit of hindsight and much time passed, friends and colleagues have been interviewed for a fresh take on the man and his works.

Only Fools and Stories

From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost

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Author: David Jason

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473544521

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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*** The Hilarious Number One Sunday Times Bestseller! *** The follow-up autobiography to one of Britain’s best loved actors and national treasures In his first book David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's greatest actors. This autumn, in a follow up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived – his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career. And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life too. The result told with his characteristic charm and wit is both funny and poignant, honest and heart warming.