That Was Satire, That Was

That Was Satire, That Was : The Story of the Satirical Sixties

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Forty years ago, at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival, four young men - Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett - walked on to a stage and changed the face not merely of British comedy but of social attitudes in this country. Beyond the Fringe was iconoclastic, fracturing the 'culture of deference' which had predominated in the 1950s. It was the forerunner of an explosion of satire which included The Establishment Club, Private Eye and the BBC's daring weekly satire show, That Was the Week that Was. Award-winning biographer Humphrey Carpenter evokes the atmosphere of 1950s Britain and the social and political conditions which enraged and inspired the satirists, and brings vibrantly alive this amusing but also key period of British cultural life. The book is based on original, in-depth interviews with most of the key personalities, including Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Richard Ingrams, Barry Humphreys, Ned Sherrin and the late John Wells. It includes sketches from Beyond the Fringe which never made it to London, and much of the hilarious material which went into TWTWTW, as well as fascinating material from the BBC more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752838326
  • 9780752838328

About Humphrey Carpenter

Humphrey Carpenter was born in 1946. After Oxford, he worked for the BBC, and then became a freelance writer. He has written numerous prize-winning biographies as well as a highly successful children's book series. He is a regularbook reviewer for the Sunday Times, and was the director of the Cheltenham Feshow more