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Titre : HIMOFF! The Memoirs of a TV Matinee Idle (...
Éditeur : Orion Books, London
Date d'édition : 2000
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : First Edition, First Impression.
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 5086
Synopsis : 'A face like a cartoonist's suicide note' A.A. Gill, Sunday Times Richard Whiteley was the first person to appear on Channel 4 on Tuesday 2nd November 1982. With the words "As the countdown to the launch of a new channel ends, a new Countdown begins". Nobody was to know, of course, that the new face on the channel was still to be there 17 years later, and that Countdown would be dominating the channels Top Ten ratings. Richard Whiteley is known for his jackets and his puns - opinion is divided as to which is worse. However he is regarded as a cult figure among a broad section of society. He has appeared in such shows as Hale and Pace, TFI Friday, Shooting Stars, Light Lunch, Mrs Merton, Fantasy Football, received a 'Gotcha' from Noel Edmonds and is constantly on the receiving end of Terry Wogan's gentle mockery. He most recently appeared on McCoist and MacAuley and 'The Greatest Rory Ever Told', as himself and as Carol Vordeman. He was the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe this year with his one man show... 'If you like Alan Partridge you'll love Richard Whiteley. Singing along with the Countdown theme and pretending to be the Countdown clock was a stroke of brilliance.' Independent
Critique: "Boo, boo, boo boo boo boo boo boo boom!" That's what people sing whenever they see Richard Whiteley in the street. It's the theme to the popular afternoon television quiz Countdown--a programme that Whiteley has been presenting for 18 years. As Whiteley reveals in his book Himoff!--The Memoirs of a Matinee Idle, the tune was composed on the toilet, hence its "plippety plop nature". The book's title comes from something else that people forever come out with when they meet Whiteley: "Ooh look, it's himoff telly!" After almost two decades hosting Countdown on Channel 4 and 27 years reading the news on Yorkshire TV, Whiteley reckons to have made over 10,000 television appearances. More "mere musings" than an autobiography, Himoff! is a behind-the-scenes peek at a life spent in front of the lens.
For someone off the telly, Whiteley comes across as refreshingly down-to-earth and his recollections are peppered with self-deprecating anecdotes. Such as the time he was due to unveil a plaque to mark the opening of a community centre. Chuffed to bits at the thought of his name being immortalised, Whiteley kept badgering the organisers to make sure they spell it correctly. On the day of the unveiling an excited Whiteley pulled the cord. The velvet curtains parted to reveal the immortal words: "This extension was opened on 15th March 1994". Other stories included in this enjoyable lightweight read recall Whiteley being attacked by a ferret, saved from an IRA bomb by the offer of a glass of champagne, and almost being dumped from the programme that made him a household name. --Christopher Kelly
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