BERNARD CRIBBINS    Book Number: 87165    Product format: Hardback

With his strong jaw and recognisable friendly voice, Bernard Cribbins has been our companion on TV and radio for years, making us hoot with laughter in the Carry On films, Fawlty Towers, adore him in The Railway Children as the porter, and much more recently as the grandfather figure in David Tennent's Doctor Who. But not forgetting his many film roles and of course voice in The Wombles and fine song in The Good Old Days of course. As an actor he has appeared in films alongside Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Cushing, James Mason and Jerry Lewis and has rarely been off the small screen since it was invented. Here is his long-awaited memoir of an eventful life. In 1943, Bernard left school aged 14 and joined Oldham Repertory Company where he earned 15 bob for a 70 hour week. After being called up for National Service in 1946, he became a paratrooper and spent several months in Palestine being shot at. On returning home and to the theatre, Bernard was approached by George Martin, then an A&R man for Parlophone Records, who suggested he make a record. Just months away from producing The Beatles, Martin asked Bernard to come to Abbey Road Studios and, after teaching him how to sing into a microphone, they eventually recorded two hit singles - 'The Hole in the Ground' and 'Right Said Fred'. Appearances in now-classic films such as Two-Way Stretch and The Wrong Arm of the Law catapulted Bernard to stardom. By the time he started filming The Railway Children in 1970, he was already a national treasure. His CV is an A-Z of the best entertainment, 75 years in the making and packed with entertaining anecdotes. He ends with what he's learnt: 'To do your best and be grateful for every single job', especially when he played Widow Twankey at Guildford! 297pp. Colour.
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ISBN 9781472130167
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