A collection of the funniest sketches, anecdotes, interviews, character and actor profiles, and personal recollections from the enduringly timeless BBC comedy series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister, in one perfect volume.
Jonathan Lynn is a director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and novelist.
Sir Antony Jay is a writer, broadcaster, and producer.
In page after page of colorful imagery, "The Incredible World of Spy-Fi" captures four decades of espionage eye candy from our favorite fictional spies. From Maxwell Smart's Shoe Phone to James Bond's Walther PPK to Austin Powers' eyeglasses and classic spy gear from "Alias," "Mission: Impossible," "The Wild Wild West," and more, this visual gallery reveals to the public for the very first time the world's largest collection of spy props and artifacts. Danny Biederman, creator of the Spy-Fi Archives, has spent the better part of his life tracking down over 4,000 rare pieces. So thorough is his collection that the CIA visited the Archives and invited Biederman to display a portion from his massive treasury at CIA headquarters. Here, Biederman profiles over 200 of his coolest, most captivating gadgets, offering enough juicy trivia and insider stories to make any spy proud.
Believe it or not, the show that has taught over 70 million of us to count is now turning 30
To help celebrate this milestone, here comes the book millions of fans have been waiting for -- the ultimate insider's tribute to the show. Featuring candid interviews with the award-winning creators, trivia questions, in-depth looks at key cast members, Muppets and their performers, as well as never-before-revealed facts, this book features the street's funniest and most unforgettable moments. Relive all the classic memories, game shows, animations, and parodies through actual scripts, rare photos, celebrity flashbacks, and hilarious anecdotes. Discover how Oscar the Grouch got his name; go behind the scenes and find out what's really in Big Bird's nest; learn the lyrics to the songs you loved (like "Sing " and "I Love Trash "); take the Ernie and Bert personality quiz; rediscover the wacky wisdom of the Muppets; and much more From Kermit the Frog to Elmo to Rubber Duckie, this one-of-a-kind tribute is for anyone who's ever asked the question, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?"
"Bond. James Bond." Since Sean Connery first uttered that iconic phrase in Dr. No, more than one quarter of the world's population has seen a 007 film. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equal ease -- often, it seems, with equal enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled with his freedom to do what is forbidden to everyone else, evokes fascinating philosophical questions. Here, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays discuss hidden issues in Bond's world, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. Among the lively topics explored are Bond's relation to existentialism, including his graduation "beyond good and evil"; his objectification of women; the paradox of breaking the law in order to ultimately uphold it like any "stupid policeman"; the personality of 007 in terms of Plato's moral psychology; and the Hegelian quest for recognition evinced by Bond villains. A reference guide to all the Bond movies rounds out the book's many pleasures.
The rags-to-riches story of a groundbreaking, beloved entertainer
When "The Flip Wilson Show" debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow "Flip" Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of "Time" as "TV's First Black Superstar"?
"Flip" is a candid, entertaining biography of a consummate comedian who changed the face of American popular culture. Kevin Cook chronicles Flip's meteoric rise through the Chitlin' Circuit of segregated nightclubs to his breakthrough on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to his hit variety show, on which he created such outrageous and hilarious characters as the sassy Geraldine and flock-fleecing Reverend Leroy. As one of the biggest stars of his time, he performed and partied with Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and other stars of the 1970s.
Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and celebrities, Cook delivers the inspiring story of a complex man who broke the prime-time color barrier, blazing a trail for generations of African American performers who followed him.
An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House
House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team.
Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy
A dramatic account of the politics and personalities behind NBC's calamitous attempt to reinvent late-night television.
When NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O'Brien to host the "Tonight" show-a job he had been promised five years earlier-skeptics anticipated a train wreck for the ages. It took, in fact, only a few months for the dire predictions to come true. Leno's show, panned by critics, dragged down the ratings-and the profits-of NBC's affiliates, while ratings for Conan's new "Tonight" show plummeted to the lowest levels in history. Conan's collapse, meanwhile, opened an unexpected door of opportunity for rival David Letterman. What followed was a boisterous, angry, frequently hilarious public battle that had millions of astonished viewers glued to their sets. In "The War for Late Night, New York Times" reporter Bill Carter offers a detailed behind-the-scenes account of the events of the unforgettable 2009/2010 late-night season as all of its players- performers, producers, agents, and network executives-maneuvered to find footing amid the shifting tectonic plates of television culture.