Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest--and Public Television's Favorite--comedy Series

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KQED Books, 1995 - Performing Arts - 212 pages
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Written with the droll, dry wit that's so characteristically English, this book discusses the creative genesis of this popular TV program, treats readers to tales and anecdotes from its directors and stage hands, and covers the many inventive ways the saga of Grace Brothers was spun off in various media over the past two decades. 109 photos, 64 in color.

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Anthony Browne is rightly regarded as one of the world's leading picturebook creators.  He lives in England with his wife and two children.  He has won awards in many countries, including the Kate Greenaway Medal of England for GORILLA and ZOO,   and the Kurt Maschler Award of Germany for GORILLA.  His inspiration for GORILLA came from a combination of things -- a greeting card he'd designed of a huge macho gorilla holding a teddy bear, a very lonely boy he knew whose father lived in New Zealand, his own fascination with gorillas.  The behavior of a real family provided the idea for PIGGYBOOK (not his own, however!)  When the book was completed, he presented the family with a copy, without comment.  But they didn't see any relevance to themselves!  

Geoff Tibballs is a former journalist and press officer. He is now a full-time writer. He lives in Nottingham, England, with his wife and daughters. He is the author of the bestselling The Mammoth Book of Jokes and The Mammoth Book of Dirty Jokes. His title Believe It or Not! Strikingly True made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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