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Eric Sykes was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1923, and is a British comedic writer and actor. He is widely regarded as an unsung hero behind much of the British comedy scene over the past 50 years.
The long-awaited story of one of Britain's comic legends. Marvellously funny and deeply touching it reveals a wonderful slide of life that's full of warmth. Sykes reveals his extraordinary life working alongside a generation of legendary comedians and entertainers, despite being dogged by deafness and eventually virtual blindness.
The Eric Sykes Compendium is a bumper edition of three novels from the comedy genius: Smelling of Roses - Sparks and Miller are two ordinary soldiers desperate to avoid war who can hardly believe their bad luck when they hit the headlines as fullblown heroes. The Great Crime of Grapplewick - The sleepy northern town of Grapplewick is turned on its head when clueless criminals Terence and Rembrandt turn up seeking revenge. UFOs are Coming Wednesday - When a mysterious visitor demonstrates his amazing alien powers to the local dignitaries of Grapplewick, rumours fly and hysteria mounts. With characters and situations that are pure Sykes, this volume is a bundle of laughs.
Eric Sykes is one of Britain's creative comedy geniuses combining personal warmth, superbly observed written and performed comedy and a deeply intimate understanding of what a viewing audience wants. Here he has assembled a comedy hall of fame for those who have inspired, entertained and, most of all, amused him. Including tributes to comedy greats Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and many, many more, this is a beautiful and personal testimony to the wonderful characters who have stimulated Eric's life-long love affair with laughter.
The long awaited story of one of Britain's greatest comic legends. 'Some people walk on stage and the audience warms to them. You can't explain it, and you shouldn't try. It's an arrogant assumption to say you 'decide' to become a comedian. The audience decides for you.' Eric Sykes, December 2001 From his early days writing scripts for Bill Fraser and Frankie Howerd through decades of British radio and television comedy - `Educating Archie', `Sykes And A ...', `Curry and Chips', `The Plank' - to his present day ventures into film and theatre, starring in `The Others' with Nicole Kidman and appearing in Peter Hall's recent production of `As You Like It', Eric Sykes has carved himself an enduring place as one of Britain's greatest writers and performers. In his much anticipated autobiography, Sykes reveals his extraordinary life working alongside a generation of legendary comedians and entertainers, despite being dogged by deafness and eventually virtual blindness. His hearing problems began in the early days of his career in the 1950s, around the time he wrote, directed and performed in the spoof pantomime `Pantomania' for the BBC. Undeterred however, Sykes learned to lip-read, going on to write and appear in a number of BBC productions including `Opening Night' and Val Parnell's `Saturday Spectacular', the first of two shows he made with Peter Sellers, a great life-long friend. From 1959 until her death in 1980, Syke's starred with Hattie Jacques in one of Britain's best loved sitcoms `Sykes and A ...' Throughout the two decade run of this show he continued to work alongside a host of stars including Charlie Drake, Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Johnny Speight, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Eric Sykes's comedy has always sported an essential core of warm humanity and this, along with his genuine creative genius, continues to prove an unforgettably winning combination.
Sparks and Miller, two reluctant Desert Rats, were trying desperately to have a quiet war, but despite all of their efforts, they somehow manage to become front-page heroes. No matter what they do they come up smelling of roses.
This is another tale from Grapplewick. The mayor is also chief of the fire brigade and bandmaster of the brass band. Into this world comes Terence, a crook fresh from jail. Commander Wilson Brown is determined to be the new mayor and he and the band are drawn into Terence's web of intrigue.