What do you do when you have almost 100 videos full of British comedy threatening to take over your living room and kitchen, not to mention your life? Well, if you're self-confessed Anglophile Garry Berman, you take what's on those videos and create a new book, Best of the Britcoms. And for comedy fans everywhere, there is much rejoicing. The Insider Thanks to his interviews with 20 of the genre's most prolific writers, Berman has also gleaned insights into the shows' creative beginnings. The result: a book compiled with such intelligence and care that you could call its author a telly visionary. Entertainment Weekly A must for the growing legions of Britcom fans. Midwest Book Review It is a splendid production and I am honored to have done the foreword. -- Richard Briers, star of Good Neighbors (The Good Life) and other Britcoms A thoroughly entertaining book. -- Harold Snoad, Britcom producer (Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, and Dad's Army) It is a gold mine of information...I only wish it were longer. The Keene Sentinel
The comic genius and over-the-top hilarity of British sitcoms have attracted cult following among American viewers. This book celebrates some of the finest British situation comedies to cross the Atlantic and grace American airways. Arranged chronologically by original broadcast dates, the book, illustrated throughout with photographs of memorable scenes and casts, describes those programmes noted for their superior quality, creativity, and popularity, including "Fawlty Towers", "Are You Being Served?", "The Young Ones", "Keeping Up Appearances", "Absolutely Fabulous" and many more. In addition, the writers, producers and actors who worked to create these series share their favourite stories about the shows. On both public television and cable networks, British sitcoms have become a welcome treat in the American viewer's diet, and this book offers a guide to the development, production and success of these exports.