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A bit of business

“Jimmy Tarbuck doesn’t tell jokes, he just refreshes your memory”

Click to see the cover in all its gloryA recent slightly aimless wander around our local branch of Waterstones, brought us nose-to-nose with a brilliant book that we’d not only never seen before, but hadn’t heard of neither.

Titled On Behalf of the Committee, Tony Hannan’s lovingly crafted, epic tome into the history of Northern Comedy is a stupendously detailed piece of work that nestles into all sort of TV Cream-friendly related crevices.  From stuff about  WHEELTAPPERS… to the career of Jimmy Clitheroe, and even some recent comics who we’re not that best partial to actually, this 652-page beast comes with the highest recommendations from us here at TV Cream.

Now the good news is, we’ve been in touch with Tony and he’s kindly supplied us with a copy of his book to give away to one lucky reader.  So, if you want to be in with a chance to win, then simply email us at with the attribution that we’re thinking of to the one-liner that beheads this piece of text.  We’ll select a winner and then email that person asking for their postal details.  All usual TV Cream rules apply and the competition close on 30 September.



  1. Jack at TV Cream

    October 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    As most of you guessed, that quote was made by Bernard “Under” Manning, and the name drawn out of the cloth cap to receive a free copy of the aforementioned book was Paul Marsh from Widnes. Happy reading Paul!

  2. televisualcabbage

    October 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Bernard “Under” Manning, if you ever get the chance to see the titles over on TV Ark, you’ll wonder what Southern was thinking about when they pitched this!

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