Glued to the Gogglebox
Richard Wilson as Victor Meldrew

Glued to the Gogglebox
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50 years of British television with freeze-frames by John Minnion and a rewind by Lynne Truss Paxman, Partridge and Parkinson. Minder, Miss Marple and Morse. Doctor Who and Dimbleby, Dad's Army and Red Dwarf. Morecambe and Wise, Torvill and Dean... Most of us have grown up in front of the television, entertained, educated and befriended by all those presenters, comedians and stars. They have become icons in our culture and figures in our own life stories. In this book John Minnion draws scenes from the screen including caricatures of eighty or so TV personalities. And Lynne Truss looks back with affection and humour over five decades in front of the gogglebox, including several years as television critic of The Times. Glued to the Gogglebox Published March 2003 48pp 45 illustrations �7.99 UK Postage free ...All but a few of my contemporaries grew up literally in front of the television. Anyone under 50 years of age, in fact, probably can't imagine any other way of doing it. True, at junior school there was a rich girl from a big house whose parents refused to buy a television set, and we working-class kids felt sorry for her, especially when she told us her father was waiting for colour to come in - such a patent cruel lie. Even when it turned out to be the truth, and we all went to her house to see the garish reds and bright royal blues of imported American programmes, we still pitied her because she had missed out on so much formative learning. Without Watch with Mother, for example, how had she learned to distinguish the days of the week? Even today I experience an atavistic lurch of happiness on Tuesdays because Tuesday is Andy Pandy. By the same token, I feel dull and listless on Monday because it's only Picture Book, but rather larky, not to say flob-aloppy on Wednesdays because it's The Flowerpot Men... (Lynne Truss) Order this book