‘I’m a walking television show. I can’t get away from ’em. Big Brother is watching me, and Big Dad and Big Mum. The whole family’s watching me. I’m like a goldfish in a bowl.’
Allegedly moved to a late night slot part way through its six episode run for being too strange for contemporary audiences, subsequent critical re-evaluation has seen The Strange World of Gurney Slade described as years ahead of its time, and claimed as an influence on everything from David Bowie to Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
In this first ever book dedicated to the series, Andrew Hickey considers such questions as whether Gurney Slade actually is Anthony Newley, the degree to which the six episodes can be seen as the result of a single creative vision, and the influence of Tony Hancock on Newley’s ideas of comedy.
About the Author
Andrew Hickey is an author, music podcaster and failed politician.
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