After twelve years in the financial services market, a course in freelance journalism resulted in Richard becoming a journalist specializing in showbusiness. He has contributed to a host of newspapers and magazines, including The Sunday Telegraph, The Mirror, TV Times, House Beautiful, Yours, etc. and is the author of several books about popular TV programmes. In addition to writing, he is a qualified teacher, carrying out supply work in local schools. He lives in Minehead, Somerset.
Titles: The Life and Legacy of Reginald Perrin Dad’s Army – A Celebration (Virgin), Are You Being Served?, The Likely Lads, 25th anniversary book on The Good Life, The A-Z of Dad’s Army(Orion), Porridge – The Inside Story (Headline), Rising Damp – A Celebration (Boxtree), Rising Damp – The Scripts – Eric Chappell with Richard Webber (Carlton Books), Dad’s Army – The Scripts Vol.1 – Jimmy Perry & David Croft with Richard Webber (Orion), Dad’s Army – The Home Front Vol. 2 Scripts (Orion), Porridge Scripts (Headline), Fifty Years of Hancock’s Half-Hour(Century), The Complete A-Z of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ (Orion), 30th Anniversary book for ‘Some Mothers….’ (Boxtree), Dad’s Army: The Home Front (scripts, with Croft & Perry) (Orion), The A-Z of Only Fools & Horses (with John Sullivan) (Orion), Porridge Scripts (with Clement & Le Frenais) – (Headline), The Complete A-Z of Everything ‘Carry On’ (HarperCollins Entertainment), That Was The Decade That Was – Sixties TV (Michael O’Mara), The Complete One Foot in The Grave (Orion), Numerous articles sold to national newspapers and magazines.
50 years of Hancocks Half Hour
Many people consider Tony Hancock to be the finest comic actor of them all. November 2004 sees the 50th anniversary of his best-loved work, Hancock’s Half-Hour, which began as a radio series, penned by the writers Galton and Simpson. Two years later, the first of 58 TV instalments had been screened, and Hancock’s genius, coupled with Galton and Simpson’s brilliant scripts, ensured that the show soon became a yardstick against which all subsequent British sitcoms have since been measured. Amazingly, no book has ever been written about the show. Fully authorised by Galton and Simpson, Fifty Years of Hancock’s Half-Hour is a full history of the show, including how the show came about, behind-the-scenes stories from Hancock’s fellow artists and members of the crew and production team, and the story of its demise. Incorporating extracts from the shows, the book will also feature photographs and a full listing of the radio and TV episodes.
From the Publisher – “A fascinating history of one of Britain’s best-loved comedy shows”