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Going off Alarming The Autobiography by Danny Baker
  

Going off Alarming The Autobiography

Biography / Autobiography   

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With the first volume of his autobiography praised for its exuberance and humour it was also greatly appreciated for his frankness in covering some of his lesser successes and his willingness to include personal reminiscence alongside those of work and colleagues. Now in the long-awaited second volume Danny Baker carries on the story as aged 24 he makes the move into TV.

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Going off Alarming The Autobiography by Danny Baker

The first volume of broadcaster Danny Baker's memoirs concludes with his initial move from radio into television and the first SIX O'CLOCK SHOW in 1982 when he is 24 years old. It thus follows the pattern set by multi-volume autobiographies of an eventful early life entirely comprising the first book in the series. Aiming high, Danny then began a BBC Saturday night show called DANNY BAKER AFTER ALL, following the format of David Letterman's LATE NIGHT, but the show had no real success and did not attract the audience needed to keep the show on the air. At this point he appeared in two television commercials: Daz washing powder and Mars bar chocolate, which were seen by the public as over-exposure or trying too hard. Later, there were appearances on comedy shows like HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, SHOOTING STARS, ROOM 101, COMIC RELIEF DOES THE APPRENTICE and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. His stellar career on the radio began on BBC GLR in 1989 presenting the WEEKEND BREAKFAST. From then on, Baker jumped from station to station: BBC Radio 5 where he presented sports shows including the ground-breaking 6-0-6, which still influences the media's approach to the criticism of players, managers and referees. This second volume of one of the most entertaining memoirs of 2012 takes Danny into his TV career, one full of humour and television-induced anxiety - going off alarming.

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From presenting cheeky trivia on teatime telly to a disastrous panto sting, he's like a living poster of Kipling's If, happily talking over both Triumph and Disaster. ...his own talents, at least as a memoirist, are closer to that other driven south Londoner Spike Milligan. -- Steve Jelbert INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Going Off Alarming is quite simply the funniest book you'll read all year. Seriously. ...Like its predecessor, the book is a hoot from soup to nuts, easily as funny, as self-deprecating and as worldly-wise as The Moon's A Balloon by David Niven. If you have been unlucky in life, and have spent the bulk of it without coming into contact with him or his work, then this book is a wonderful introduction. What's it like? Well, it's like Tom and Jerry written by a Cockney Roddy Doyle on Prozac. But funnier. -- Dylan Jones GQ ONLINE ..great company and a brilliant raconteur. -- Viv Groskop THE OBSERVER Volume two of Baker's autobiography rattles along at the same delightful and dizzying pace as its predecessor. ..Baker loves a tale told at his own expense and they come thick and fast. He writes like he speaks, with hyperactive garrulity and a rhetorical flourish. ..there is something about Baker in full flow that is affirming. Book three will doubtless be out for next Christmas but, when it comes to the Pangloss of Deptford, you are happy to forgive him the indulgence. -- Duncan White DAILY TELEGRAPH For comic value, go for Danny Baker's latest memoir. The funniest book Dylan Jones has read all year. -- Olivia Cole GQ It's the strength of the anecdotes, and welcome digressions from the narrative, that make the book such a delight. CHOICE MAGAZINE Any autobiography that opens with the author being shot in the buttocks demands your complete attention. This book made me howl with laughter -- Lorraine Kelly HERALD SCOTLAND


About the Author

Danny Baker is an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter. He currently presents daily on BBC London 94.9 and a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th September 2014

Author

Danny Baker

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Radio

ISBN

9780297870111

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