Sunshine on Putty: The Golden Age of British Comedy from Vic Reeves to The Office (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins UK, May 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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The definitive history of a golden age in British show-business, Sunshine On Putty is based on hundreds of interviews with the leading comedians of the era, as well as managers, agents, producers, directors, executives and TV personalities.

In the 1990s, British comedy underwent a renaissance – shows like The Fast Show, The Day Today, Shooting Stars, The League of Gentlemen, The Royle Family and The Office were hugely popular with critics and audiences alike. Just as politics, sport, art, literature and religion seemed to move towards light entertainment, the comedy on the nation's televisions not only offered a home to ideas and ideals of community which could no longer find one elsewhere, but also gave us a clearer picture of what was happening to our nation than any other form of artistic endeavour.

From Ricky Gervais' self-destructive love affair with dairy products to Steve Coogan's suicidal overtaking technique; from the secrets of Vic Reeves' woodshed, to the stains on Caroline Aherne's sofa; from Victor Meldrew's prophetic dream to Spike Milligan's final resting place, Ben Thompson reveals the twisted beauty of British comedy’s psyche.

  

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Contents

Cry Harry tor England Hill Murray and the absence
10
Dont Mention the War Conflict aftermath
23
Morris lannucci Coogcin Lee Herring
42
The Great Mythological Armour Shortage
65
Constructing the Citadel The comedy edifice needs
82
The Illusion or Otherwise of Spontaneity Eddie
103
World The rest ot us iust live in it
142
at empire
174
1o The Royle We Caroline Aherne and the comedy
272
A Little Bit oi Politics or Who do you think you
286
18 Morals Cartoons Brass Eye a briet history
304
Equal Opportunities the Ones that Never Knock Race
323
Families at War The Reeves and Mortimer despot
349
Ceramics Revue The Johnny Vegas story
371
Script tor a Jesters Tear Reality W and
384
The Office Yea though 1 walk through the Thames
401

answers the Irish Question
193
Pa rt
235
Vic Reeves Welcomes Us into His Beautilul Home
251
rood mop
439
Bibiogrophy A49
452
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About the author (2010)

Ben Thompson's comedy career began in the winter of 1986-7, reading a photocopied Ronnie Corbett monologue to an audience of angry students. He never performed again, but later took the opportunity to parade his ignorance of the basic principles of stagecraft in front of a national audience as comedy critic of The Independent On Sunday from 1994-97. He has also written profiles of Britain's best known comedians for The Face, GQ, The Independent, Night & Day and The Saturday Telegraph.

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