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Whatever Happened to Simon Dee? Richard Wiseman

Whatever Happened to Simon Dee? By Richard Wiseman

Whatever Happened to Simon Dee? by Richard Wiseman


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Simon Dee was Britain's first celebrity chat-show host, with his own prime-time show on the BBC. This book presents the story of British television's Icarus, of how the media builds people up and then knocks them down; and, of a man who was once, one of the most famous people in Britain, and made a seminal contribution to broadcasting history.

Whatever Happened to Simon Dee? Summary

Whatever Happened to Simon Dee?: The Rise and Fall of Television's Icarus by Richard Wiseman

In the mid-sixties, Simon Dee had it all. He was Britain's first celebrity chat-show host, with his own prime-time show on the BBC, Dee Time, regularly watched by 15 million people. He interviewed everyone from Sophia Lauren to Sammy Davis Jr, and in the programme's memorable closing credits, he swept away from Television Centre in an open-top E-Type Jaguar as a pert mini-skirted companion jumped aboard. He'd already been the first disc jockeys on the pioneering pirate station Radio Caroline; he had a part in The Italian Job. His show was judged to be so influential by Harold Wilson's government that A.J.P. Taylor's appearance on it to fulminate against going into Europe saw Dee put under surveillance by the Special Branch. Then a move to ITV soon saw his programme dropped, Simon Dee's fortunes sank swiftly even to a brief spell in jail...and suddenly one of the coolest figureheads of the Swinging Sixties was a name no more. But without him, there'd have been no Jonathan Ross, no Frank Skinner, and no Austin Powers. In 2005, Simon Dee turns 70. This is the story of British television's Icarus; of the vicissitudes of fame and how you subsequently make a life without it; of how the media builds people up and then knocks them down; of a man who was once one of the most famous people in Britain, and made a seminal contribution to broadcasting history.

Whatever Happened to Simon Dee? Reviews

'More than anyone else, Austin Powers is actually based on a man called Simon Dee' - Elizabeth Hurley. 'The most picked-over corpse in show business history' - Bob Monkhouse

About Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman is a journalist for Nuts magazine. He was the researcher for Channel 4's 2004 documentary about Simon Dee. He lives in Middlesex.

Additional information

GOR002341173
9781845130503
1845130502
Whatever Happened to Simon Dee?: The Rise and Fall of Television's Icarus by Richard Wiseman
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Quarto Publishing PLC
20061015
256
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