The Double Act – A History of British Comedy Duos
By ANDREW ROBERTS
Paperback Book. 288 pages with 8 pages of photos.
The double act has been at the heart of the British entertainment scene for over 150 years; from the music halls, through radio shows such as Hancock’s Half Hour and in film and television, from Carry On films to Withnail and I. The book includes music hall turns such as Flanagan & Allen; variety acts who moved into television, like Morecambe & Wise, as well as more recent performers including Armstrong & Miller, Mitchell & Webb, Victoria Wood & Julie Walters and French & Saunders, as well as alternative comedy acts such as Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson and Stewart Lee & Richard Herring. There are chapters on TV sitcom double-acts including Tony Hancock & Sid James, Terry & June and George & Mildred; and on the subtle art of the straight man.
This book is a tribute to the comedians who dedicated their lives to adding a bit of laughter to the mundane everyday. The Double Act will appeal to all lovers of British comedy.