Raising Laughter-9780750996587

Raising Laughter

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By: Sellers, Robert
Format: Hardback
Published By: The History Press Ltd
Date of Publication: 01/09/2021
Pagination: 288 pages, 15 Illustrations, black and white
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9780750996587
Readership: General (US: Trade)
Dimensions in mm: 165 x 242 x 29
Weight in grams: 596
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Description: This is the first book detailing the history of the golden age of the British sitcom, the 1970s, through the voices of those who created it

23.4 cm H | 15.6 cm W

The 1970s were the era of the three-day week, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the winter of discontent, trade union Bolshevism and wildcat strikes.

Through sitcoms, Raising Laughter provides a fresh look at one of our most divisive and controversial decades.

Aside from providing entertainment to millions of people, the sitcom is a window into the culture of the day. Many of these sitcoms tapped into the decade's sense of cynicism, failure and alienation, providing much-needed laughter for the masses.

Shows like Rising Damp and Fawlty Towers were classic encapsulations of worn-out, run-down Britain, while the likes of Dad's Army looked back sentimentally at a romanticised English past. For the first time, the stories behind the making of every sitcom from the 1970s are told by the actors, writers, directors and producers who made them all happen.

This is nostalgia with a capital N, an oral history, the last word, and an affectionate salute to the kind of comedy programme that just isn't made anymore.