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The Masters of Sitcom

Extent: 352 pages

Size: 231x153mm

Publication Date:

Price: £20.00

ISBN: 9781843176336

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir, Humour

About the Book

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are two of the most influential and celebrated television scriptwriters of our time. Praised for inventing the sitcom, their own seminal creations are still standing the test of time with modern audiences – Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son are two of the most successful sitcoms ever made. This book is a charming tribute to their career in comedy, written in collaboration with Galton and Simpson themselves and with exclusive access to their personal archive of scripts. Readers will discover the fascinating story of their progress from variety shows to television, and how they came to create characters and programmes that have captured the nation's heart for generations. Their insightful comments on their own writing, along with their first-class understanding of the television writers' craft, make this anthology unique, informative and incredibly entertaining.

Publication Date: 30/09/2011

Price: £1.99

ISBN: 9781843177746

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir, Humour

About the Book


  • 'Comedy without Galton and Simpson would be like literature without Dickens.', Harry Enfield
  • 'An excellent guide to two of Britain's sitcom pioneers. A must-buy for fans of classic comedy.', Paul Merton
  • 'Galton and Simpson are The Beatles of British comedy - they changed everything.', Frank Skinner
  • 'In Christopher Stevens their achievements have found a perceptive and sympathetic chronicler', Sunday Express
  • 'Breathtakingly funny', Matt Lucas and David Walliams
  • 'Descriptive and informative narrative written by an obvious enthusiast of their work', Tony Hancock Archives Newsletter