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Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar today: a mix of music, jingles, funny voices and sound effects. When he seamlessly made the move to television in the seventies, he created unforgettable characters such as Sid Snot, Cupid Stunt and Marcel Wave. Rarely seen without a smile on his face in public, in reality, Kenny was a deeply insecure man who suffered severe bouts of depression. He also struggled with his sexuality, only coming out to the public in 1985. Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Kenny died in 1995. This in-depth and affectionate biography has been fully authorised by Kenny's family and contains original interviews with Kenny's sister, Kate and with his former wife, Lee, as well as entertainment figures such as Barry Cryer, Cliff Richard, Chris Tarrant and Paul Gambaccini. Packed with fabulous stories about the highs and lows of Kenny's life, his great friendships with The Beatles and Freddie Mercury, this is a book that any fan of comedy and entertainment must read.


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Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar today: a mix of music, jingles, funny voices and sound effects. When he seamlessly made the move to television in the seventies, he created unforgettable characters such as Sid Snot, Cupid Stunt and Marcel Wave. Rarely seen without a smile on his face in public, in reality, Kenny was a deeply insecure man who suffered severe bouts of depression. He also struggled with his sexuality, only coming out to the public in 1985. Diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Kenny died in 1995. This in-depth and affectionate biography has been fully authorised by Kenny's family and contains original interviews with Kenny's sister, Kate and with his former wife, Lee, as well as entertainment figures such as Barry Cryer, Cliff Richard, Chris Tarrant and Paul Gambaccini. Packed with fabulous stories about the highs and lows of Kenny's life, his great friendships with The Beatles and Freddie Mercury, this is a book that any fan of comedy and entertainment must read.

30 review for Hello, Darlings!: The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett

  1. 5 out of 5

    BookQueen

    Well researched, mostly well written portrayal of a complex man. The history of pirate radio and the beginnings of Radio One is fascinating. Excess of exclamation marks somehow detracts from the story and sometimes makes the story 'folksy'. Well researched, mostly well written portrayal of a complex man. The history of pirate radio and the beginnings of Radio One is fascinating. Excess of exclamation marks somehow detracts from the story and sometimes makes the story 'folksy'.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    An interesting insight to life of Kenny Everett. Must admit I wasn't that much of a fan, but did appreciate some of his humour and will applaud his technical achievements on radio presentation when tape was king and nobody had heard of digital recording. A pioneer in the art of presentation, much copied, but never bettered. An interesting insight to life of Kenny Everett. Must admit I wasn't that much of a fan, but did appreciate some of his humour and will applaud his technical achievements on radio presentation when tape was king and nobody had heard of digital recording. A pioneer in the art of presentation, much copied, but never bettered.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rob Moore

    Well researched and excellent biography of cuddly ken. Focused very much on his true work of genius which was the wireless. The last chapter was truly touching. Best biography I've read in a long time, Well researched and excellent biography of cuddly ken. Focused very much on his true work of genius which was the wireless. The last chapter was truly touching. Best biography I've read in a long time,

  4. 4 out of 5

    MR M S SPARHAM

    It was a great read. I didn't realise Kenny Everett did as much as he did. Makes me want to look up his stuff on Youtube. It was a great read. I didn't realise Kenny Everett did as much as he did. Makes me want to look up his stuff on Youtube.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Harper

    A very solid and page turning biography of an iconic radio and television star. I've always enjoyed Kenny Everett's TV work - I grew up with it, as did many people of my generation. This book introduced me to his prior career, and it was genuinely interesting to discover how Cuddly Ken became a major star in the UK. I was very engaged by descriptions of how he made radio, and his use of tape editing and sound collage; it seems he was one of the first people to do this, and throughout his career, A very solid and page turning biography of an iconic radio and television star. I've always enjoyed Kenny Everett's TV work - I grew up with it, as did many people of my generation. This book introduced me to his prior career, and it was genuinely interesting to discover how Cuddly Ken became a major star in the UK. I was very engaged by descriptions of how he made radio, and his use of tape editing and sound collage; it seems he was one of the first people to do this, and throughout his career, adopted new technology and was an innovative user of it. I was far more interested in how Kenny made his work, and I'd have liked some closer examination of key moments (apparently many are well preserved in a considerable archive), but the authors do make the point that his life and work were entwined. Still, some transcripts seemed to be lacking from the book. I found myself a little sad at the end, and this book does serve underline the great loss to the world's creative community that occurred during the HIV years. Hello Darlings is a great tribute to a singular cultural figure, and it's important Kenny Everett and his remarkable body of work do not fade into obscurity; he was a pioneer of techniques that are still with us in broadcasting and sound production, as well as being genuinely funny.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I loved Kenny, as a child I watched him and he was very much part of my life growing up. This book gave quite a good insight to the complicated man behind the personna. Many people could accuse the book of being one sided, but I don't agree. Okay so it doesn't go in to much detail of his private life and there is no real mention of people like Cleo Rocos, but I think that is a good thing. To be honest we really have no right to know the nitty gritty of the man, after all we only got to see the c I loved Kenny, as a child I watched him and he was very much part of my life growing up. This book gave quite a good insight to the complicated man behind the personna. Many people could accuse the book of being one sided, but I don't agree. Okay so it doesn't go in to much detail of his private life and there is no real mention of people like Cleo Rocos, but I think that is a good thing. To be honest we really have no right to know the nitty gritty of the man, after all we only got to see the clown side of him. However it does not angelify him, we know he was conflicted and desperately troubled, but aren't most highly gifted people? I found it a very satisfying insight to him that made me laugh and cry. It is well written with plenty anecdotes from those who knew him best and I do truly believe them when they said no one had anything bad to say about him. If you loved Kenny, this is definitely the book to read, it even brought back to my mind things I had forgotten about him and his programmes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Graham Richards

    A brilliant book well written and researched. A very complex intresting beautiful talented man. He was so funny I missed most of cuddley Ken on the radio but used to watch the video show and television show it was great entertainment. Amazing character's and star guests on the show never serious just jaw dropping watching them being sent up by Kenny and not at all minding him do it. The man was a genius kind and superstar human being. Great book to read easy riveting and interesting. A brilliant book well written and researched. A very complex intresting beautiful talented man. He was so funny I missed most of cuddley Ken on the radio but used to watch the video show and television show it was great entertainment. Amazing character's and star guests on the show never serious just jaw dropping watching them being sent up by Kenny and not at all minding him do it. The man was a genius kind and superstar human being. Great book to read easy riveting and interesting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Derelict Space Sheep

    42 WORD REVIEW: Kenny Everett once wrote an autobiography; or rather, he didn’t. It was ghost-written by a friend and Kenny didn’t even read it. He wasn’t interested in the past. For those who are, Hogg and Sellers’ comprehensively researched biography is well worth reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Kinver

    Lovely book, written with love and affection for Kenny E. The book itself splits you in two. Smiling, beaming at the absurdity of the comic capers. Heart broken and frustrated that such a talent and decent chap got himself into such a existential cul-de-sac.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    If you're going to read this, also read Cleo Rocos's Kenny and Me. Between the two you'll get a fuller picture. If you're going to read this, also read Cleo Rocos's Kenny and Me. Between the two you'll get a fuller picture.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alasdair

    This was an interesting account of a man’s life. There was a good blend of what he did and deep dives into Kenny’s relationships with religion and his sexuality throughout his life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    As someone who grew up watching Kenny Everett on the BBC, it was nice to learn more about him - what made him tick to a certain extent. I know that there will be people who say that this book was somewhat sanitised, but for me, it was a good book. For those who have not been lucky enough to see such comic classics such as the Rod Stewart sketch, this book may not make much sense, but to those of us who grew up either watching or listening to Kenny, it's a sensitively written book, and towards th As someone who grew up watching Kenny Everett on the BBC, it was nice to learn more about him - what made him tick to a certain extent. I know that there will be people who say that this book was somewhat sanitised, but for me, it was a good book. For those who have not been lucky enough to see such comic classics such as the Rod Stewart sketch, this book may not make much sense, but to those of us who grew up either watching or listening to Kenny, it's a sensitively written book, and towards the end, I don't mind admitting to shedding a few tears.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paulo M

  14. 4 out of 5

    Corie Stanfield

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Rigg

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ms S E Birch

  17. 5 out of 5

    A A BAILEY

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nick Phipps

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ron

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ron

  21. 4 out of 5

    Odette Dace

  22. 4 out of 5

    lee andrew marshall

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jane Sowden

  25. 5 out of 5

    Martin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark H

  28. 5 out of 5

    john lewney

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rod Haswell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jarvis

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