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Do You Think That's Wise...? The Life of John Le Mesurier

by Graham McCann

Do You Think That's Wise...? The Life of John Le Mesurier Synopsis

Best known for Dad's Army, in which his Sergeant Wilson played the languid, rakish foil to Arthur Lowe's pompous, chippy Captain Mainwaring, John Le Mesurier was one of Britain's favourite and most recognisable character actors. The epitome of insouciance and languor on screen, in real life this charming, quietly-spoken bon viveur was plagued by private turmoil and heartbreak. Married three times, he saw his first wife succumb to alcoholism, his second - the comedy diva Hattie Jacques - move her lover into the family home, and his third enjoy a passionate dalliance with troubled comic Tony Hancock. As Graham McCann reveals in this fully authorised and moving biography, as an actor John Le Mesurier was a key ingredient in the success of Britain's greatest sitcom, but as a man he was far more courageous than Sergeant Wilson was ever meant to be.

Do You Think That's Wise...? The Life of John Le Mesurier Press Reviews

'Graham McCann's book is an affectionate, enthralling account of this laid-back gentleman of whom Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry said: 'He just swanned through life' Daily Mail

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845137908
Publication date: 1st May 2012
Author: Graham McCann
Publisher: Aurum Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Biography: arts & entertainment, Individual actors & performers, Television,

About Graham McCann

Graham McCann is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Do You Think That's Wise?: The Life of John Le Mesurier, Bounder! The Biography of Terry-Thomas, Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools and Horses.

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