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Rebecca Front is a BAFTA-winning actress and writer. She is perhaps best known for her work in television comedy series such as THE THICK OF IT, KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE, NIGHTY NIGHT, and GRANDMA'S HOUSE, as well as such dramas as LEWIS and DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY. She has also written extensively. Her columns have appeared in the GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT and many other publications. With her brother Jeremy she writes and stars in BBC Radio 4's INCREDIBLE WOMEN. Born in East London, she read English at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and was the first female president of the Oxford Revue. https://twitter.com/RebeccaFront
Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine. Rebecca Front has always drawn on experiences from her life in her award-winning acting and comic writing. In her debut book, she reveals herself as a master storyteller: sharp, witty, honest and highly attuned to the absurdities of life and the oddities of human nature. By turns poignant, comic and uplifting, CURIOUS is a book of stories, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling. We learn, among other things, why a Mexican wave is a symbol of oppression, how to navigate a conversational cul-de-sac with a French vegan train driver, and why keeping a pet rabbit on a lead is perfectly normal. This is a beguiling celebration of the curiosities of everyday life, and of what it is to be curious - in every sense of the word.
'Hilarious' Daily Mail 'I was completely captivated' David Sedaris People are odd. Even the most predictable of us sometimes defy expectations. Add to that the tricks that life plays on us and the world suddenly seems full of impossible things. As an award-winning actor and writer, Rebecca Front has always been fascinated by life's little quirks. Impossible Things Before Breakfast is a collection of true stories about surprising turns of events, bizarre misunderstandings and improbable life lessons. We learn, among other things, how gazing at the stars can help you communicate with teenagers, how a mushroom can undermine an ancient ritual, and why everyone should wear a cape. Combining elegant writing, wry humour and genuine insight, this brilliant collection prises open the lid on ordinary life and feasts on the impossible.
Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front star in this series of spoof documentaries looking at the lives of some extraordinary and unforgettable characters. We meet some truly remarkable women, such as controversial children's writer and wolf enthusiast Eleanor Fane-Gore; 'Media Integrity Czar' Valerie Panther; MI5 whistle-blower Helen McKee; fashion guru Tish Watts; child star Mandy Fenwick; Irina Stonkus, soon to be the first woman on Mars; and National Treasure Dame Cicely Leyland.In each programme our less-than-intrepid interviewer Jeremy spends one night in the home of each of his interviewees. On their territory, he asks about their personal histories, plus we discover some very odd things about the way they live their daily lives.The interviews with each of these weird and wonderful characters is interspersed with interviews with real-life famous folk who have been 'affected' by them in one way or another. Guests including Eamonn Holmes, Joanna Lumley, Clare Balding, Janet Street-Porter, Barbara Windsor, Andy Hamilton, Joe Lycett and Jeremy Paxman attempt to throw light upon the woman in question.'Incredible Women has a warmth and charm that keeps you listening, as well as lovely writing, so give it a go.' The Observer'This is not just good, it's excellent and shows that quality writing can transform radio comedy into something that's laugh-out-loud funny.' Radio TimesSeries 1-5 written by Jeremy Front and Rebecca FrontSeries 6 written by Jeremy FrontProduced by Claire Jones
The second series of the award-winning sitcom written by and starring Morwenna Banks (Absolutely) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) set in, yes, a library, but no ordinary library. This is the library overseen and run by the most unlikely pairing since Mills met Boon.Meet Alice (Rebecca Front) - a former child prodigy who won a place at Oxford aged 9, but because Daddy went too she never needed to have any friends. She's scared of everything - everything that is, except libraries and......Snoo (Morwenna Banks), a slightly confused individual, with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Snoo loves books, and fully intends to read one one day.And forever popping into the library is Dr. Cadogan (Michael Fenton Stevens), celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Charming, indiscreet and quite possibly wanted by Interpol, if you want a discrete nip and tuck and then photos of it accidentally left on the photocopier, Dr Cadogan is your man.Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson (Ben Willbond), a man with a mission, a mission to close down inefficient libraries. Fortunately, he hates his mission. What he really wants to do is once, just once get even with his inexhaustible supply of high-achieving brothers...In the first episode, when an International Librarians' Conference looms, Alice & Snoo have to resort to some rather unconventional means to get hold of a passport... methods that include a thousand hummingbirds, some over-tight jeans and an hilarious anagram...In Show 2, when Snoo makes an unexpected purchase, Alice has to face an old rival, some electrical cables and a very dusty dictionary. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan goes digital and Simon has to defend somebody's Crab Nebula... Show 3, and when the library is threatened by a flood, Snoo gains some animal friends and Alice gets down to some basic biology with Simon's hunky brother. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan unveils some deadly soup and a rather spiffy jacket...And when family come to call, Snoo runs into problems with a grape and Alice has to learn a tricky manoeuvre in the fourth and final episode...The show comes from Pozzitive, proud producers of Cabin Pressure, Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, The Castle, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive & Kevin Eldon Will See You Now...
Morwenna Banks and Rebecca Front star in a brand new comedy set in a library. Meet Alice, a former child prodigy who's scared of everything - except libraries and her colleague Snoo, a slightly confused individual with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Forever popping into the library is Dr. Cadogan, celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson, a man with a mission to close down inefficient libraries... Also featuring Michael Fenton-Stevens and Ben Willbond, Shush! is produced by Pozzitive, whose other hit series include Cabin Pressure, Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, The Castle, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive and Kevin Eldon Will See You Now...
'Warm, anxious and true - a Little Book of Un-Calm' Caitlin Moran Shortlisted for Non-fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards Read on BBC Radio 4 Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine. By turns poignant, comic and uplifting, Curious is a book of stories from Rebecca Front's life, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling. It is a beguiling celebration of the curiosities of everyday life, and of what it is to be curious - in every sense of the word.