The Best Britcom Companion Books

A Listmania! list by Tiggah "the Anglophile" (Calgary, Alberta Canada)
 
It's Bouquet--Not Bucket!
1.  It's Bouquet--Not Bucket! by Harold Snoad
The list author says:
  "Very candid series-by-series account of Harold Snoad's experiences producing this superb comedy.  Very revealing in what he says--or rather doesn't say but the reader is able to glean--about the type of person Pat Routledge, sadly, appears to be.  An excellent, informative book and a must-read for fans!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Hyacinth Bucket's Hectic Social Calendar
2.  Hyacinth Bucket's Hectic Social Calendar by Jo Rice
The list author says:
  "Taking the form of Hyacinth's diary complete with handwritten entries, this humourous book includes a trip to the Antiques Roadshow & questions of Richard's fidelity. A must-have for Hyacinth fans!"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Keeping Up Appearances: Hyacinth Bucket's Book of Etiquette for the Socially Less Fortunate
3.  Keeping Up Appearances: Hyacinth Bucket's Book of Etiquette for the Socially Less Fortunate by Roy Clarke
The list author says:
  "Hyacinth responds to letters dealing with questions of etiquette.  Her anecdotes include dialogue from the scripts but we're privy to her thoughts too.  Another must-have!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Handling Edna:The Unauthorised Biography
4.  Handling Edna:The Unauthorised Biography by Barry Humphries
The list author says:
  "Not a britcom, I know, but a hilarious, must-have for fans of Dame Edna, who is surely to many of us the Queen (King??) of comedy.  As all fans of Dame Edna know, Barry Humphries is her (ahem) agent, and in this book he reveals for the first time how he met Mrs. Everage and what it has been like working with her. Just released in 2010 & readily available from Amazon.uk."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Best of the Britcoms: From Fawlty Towers to Absolutely Fabulous
5.  Best of the Britcoms: From Fawlty Towers to Absolutely Fabulous by Garry Berman
The list author says:
  "With synopses of 50 britcoms, this is a must-have guide.  Many summaries are peppered with informative behind-the-scenes tidbits and anecdotes."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

"Only Fools and Horses" Story: A Celebration of the Legendary Comedy Series
6.  "Only Fools and Horses" Story: A Celebration of the Legendary Comedy Series by Steve Clark
The list author says:
  "An obvious labour of love by author Steve Clark, this is an outstanding tribute book.  Very enjoyable & informative with bios, show history, & more.  Includes loads of anecdotes from all involved."
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Last of the Summer Wine: The Finest Vintage
7.  Last of the Summer Wine: The Finest Vintage by Morris Bright
The list author says:
  "Dedicated to the memory of the late Bill Owen ("Compo"), this is a lovely tribute to Britain's longest-running sitcom.  There are plenty of anecdotes from all involved in the series."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Are You Being Served?: A Celebration of Twenty-Five Years
8.  Are You Being Served?: A Celebration of Twenty-Five Years by Richard Webber
The list author says:
  "The definitive tribute to an hilarious series, it includes 4-page bios on all the main actors (with photos at various ages & stages in their careers), anecdotes from writers & actors, & much more."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest and Public Television's...
9.  Are You Being Served?: The Inside Story of Britain's Funniest and Public Television's... by Adrian Rigelsford
The list author says:
  "With its colourful artwork, conversational style, and oodles of anecdotes & series' photos, this informative book is thoroughly enjoyable.  It's as much fun to thumb through as it is to read!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Wendy Richard... No 'S': My Life Story
10.  Wendy Richard... No 'S': My Life Story by Wendy Richard
The list author says:
  "Fans of Are You Being Served? will really enjoy this lively, candid & very personal autobiography chronicling the life & career of Wendy Richard (aka "Miss Brahms").  Very highly recommended!"
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The Are You Being Served? Stories: 'Camping In' and Other Fiascoes
11.  The Are You Being Served? Stories: 'Camping In' and Other Fiascoes by Jeremy Lloyd
The list author says:
  "Not detailed enough to constitute a novelisation, these are the scripts to 7 episodes set into story format.  Includes a nice intro plus 16 pages of stills from the series.  Light bedtime reading."
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The Complete Yes Minister
12.  The Complete Yes Minister by Jonathan Lynn
The list author says:
  "All the episodes are presented in both this & its sequel (see below).  The book takes the hilarious format of Hacker's diary, complete with editorial notes & copies of often conflicting memos, etc."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The Complete Yes Prime Minister
13.  The Complete Yes Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn
The list author says:
  "These are two of the best companion books around & are absolute must-haves for fans of the television series!  (Note:  Amazon UK has these & many other Britcom books hard to find in the US)."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Straight Face
14.  Straight Face by Nigel Hawthorne
The list author says:
  "Nigel Hawthorne (Yes Minister's Sir Humphrey Appleby) wrote this personal, informative, & at times poignant memoir of his life & career during the year before his death from cancer."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Fawlty Towers: Fully Booked
15.  Fawlty Towers: Fully Booked by Morris Bright
The list author says:
  "A lovely tribute to one of the best brit-coms ever made!  It contains lots of photos from the show and plenty of anecdotes from co-writer John Cleese."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The Complete Fawlty Towers
16.  The Complete Fawlty Towers by John Cleese
The list author says:
  "Complete scripts to the entire series.  Nothing additional is provided (ie. no introduction, no cute extras--just the scripts).  My preference is for Fawlty Towers Fully Booked!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

"Rising Damp": A Celebration
17.  "Rising Damp": A Celebration by Richard Webber
The list author says:
  "Visually unimpressive but loaded with content, this is an excellent, comprehensive tribute.  Includes lots of anecdotes from all involved in the production of the series (those surviving of course!)"
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Rising Damp: The Complete Scripts
18.  Rising Damp: The Complete Scripts by Eric Chappell
The list author says:
  "The original scripts to the entire series with informative & interesting introductory materials by writer Eric Chappell.  A superb book of scripts!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

"Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em"
19.  "Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em" by Richard Webber
The list author says:
  "Richard Webber does a great job on tribute books, and this lovely one is no exception.  Very informative with lots of support from the series' writer, etc, (none from Crawford, alas--get his autobio!)"
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Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied with String
20.  Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied with String by Michael Crawford
The list author says:
  "What a storyteller!  A thoroughly entertaining & informative (if somewhat embellished!) autobio.  Re Some Mothers, Crawford probably felt he'd said all there was to say here!  Highly recommended!"
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Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, 1485-1917
21.  Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, 1485-1917 by Richard Curtis
The list author says:
  "The complete scripts to the entire series with a number of cute & comical additions.  The book does not include the scripts to either the Dickens' Christmas Special or the Millenium Special."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Ballykissangel: Behind the Scenes
22.  Ballykissangel: Behind the Scenes by Geoff Tibbals
The list author says:
  "An informative little behind-the-scenes look at the characters, the series & its impact on Avoca (the town in which it's filmed).  Includes brief 2-3 page bios & plenty of anecdotes."
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The Making of Pride and Prejudice (BBC)
23.  The Making of Pride and Prejudice (BBC) by Sue Birtwistle
The list author says:
  "This outstanding behind-the-scenes book will increase one's appreciation of the series (starring Colin Firth) ten-fold.  An absolute MUST HAVE for anyone who's enjoyed this superb comedy-drama!"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Cold Feet: The Best Bits...
24.  Cold Feet: The Best Bits... by Geoff Tibballs
The list author says:
  "This book combines exerpts from scripts ("the best bits") with plenty of behind-the-scenes tidbits & anecdotes from all involved in this comedy-drama series."
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The Darling Buds of May: The Pop Larkin Chronicles/3 Novels in 1 (Pbs Tie-in)
25.  The Darling Buds of May: The Pop Larkin Chronicles/3 Novels in 1 (Pbs Tie-in) by H. E. Bates
The list author says:
  "A trilogy of the first 3 novels upon which this lovely, gently humourous show is based.  It's full of sunshine & eminently enjoyable.  Highly recommended to fans or anyone looking for a sweet book."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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