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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham McCann Narrator: Jeff Rawle Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the story of how four people, grouped together inside a set of offices five floors above a greengrocer's shop on Shepherd's Bush Green in West London, scaled the heights of British comedy.

On any weekday morning, if you dared to clamber over the crates of fruit and veg that the greengrocer had allowed to pile up outside on the pavement, climbed the five flights up the dangerously rickety staircase, and crept inside the entrance to Associated London Scripts, you would have found Milligan, Sykes, Galton, and Simpson shaping the latest shows, swapping the odd story, and searching for a funnier line.

Spike Milligan would have been in one office, often slumped over his typewriter, tapping away at the next script for The Goons. Eric Sykes would be seated at his desk in the next office, perhaps writing out in longhand another routine for Frankie Howerd or the cast of Educating Archie. And Galton and Simpson would have been in their own office, plotting, perchance, the next half hour for Tony Hancock.

Together, this eclectic bunch, and their bizarre office block, were responsible for a golden age in British comedy, which included The Goons, Hancock's Half Hour, Sykes, Steptoe and Son, Comedy Playhouse, The Frankie Howerd Show, Beyond Our Ken, Round the Horn, The Arthur Haynes Show, The Army Game, Bootsie and Snudge, That Was The Week That Was, and Till Death Us Do Part, to name but a few. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 1/10/2012

    " Books like this, about the workaday world of people revolutionizing comedy (semi-unwittingly, while seeking laughs), are books I tend to like. I don't know why anyone else would even care about taking note of these names, least of all in America in 2010. But it pleases me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Benedict Reid | 4/18/2009

    " I'm interested in the topic, but I didn't feel there were any insights in this book. In fact it sort of read like the results of an internet search on each of the writers who worked for London Scripts Inc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 12/22/2008

    " Books like this, about the workaday world of people revolutionizing comedy (semi-unwittingly, while seeking laughs), are books I tend to like. I don't know why anyone else would even care about taking note of these names, least of all in America in 2010. But it pleases me. "

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