Ben Elton Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Stark (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gridlock (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other Eden (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Popcorn (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blast From the Past (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inconceivable (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Famous (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Society (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Post Mortem (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Casualty (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chart Throb (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blind Faith (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Meltdown (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Brothers (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time and Time Again (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Gasping (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silly Cow (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ben Elton Plays 2 (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Bachelor Boys (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ben Elton was a central figure in the choice dramatization scene in Britain in the 1980s, and his thriving has continued as he spread out onto the stage, the novel composed work, and musicals. Ben Elton is a champion amongst the best and whole deal comedic creators and performers on the planet.

He was born in Catford, south east London, he formed his first play while still at school, and a couple dynamically while looking at performance at Manchester University. There, he met Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and followed them after his 1980 graduation to choice comic dramatization venue The Comedy Store, where he was both performer and over the long haul compared. There, he honed his trademark “motormouth” persona – at first a strategy for vanquishing his trademark hesitancy, it in like manner exhibited accommodating while overseeing hecklers, by keeping them from getting an opportunity to talk.

His TV presentation was in BBC Manchester’s game plan for youngsters, The Oxford Road Show, however, his critical accomplishment came the following year, when Rik Mayall asked him to co-make another sitcom wanders (near to Mayall’s then sweetheart Lise Mayer) for BBC producer Paul Jackson that would exhibit both as a showcase for the choice parody period and a technique for isolating whatever number TV deterrents as could sensibly be normal.

The result, The Young Ones had an inconspicuous business influence (at any rate, at first), yet its social effect was Goliath. Regardless of the way that it has unavoidably dated seriously (hilariously, significantly more so than The Good Life, the agreeable 1970s sitcom that was a key center for its vitriol), it was the closest the BBC ever came to making a peak time course of action with a truly punk sensibility.

The medieval sitcom The Black Adder (BBC, 1983) had been formed by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson and lavishly shot on region. Both Curtis and Atkinson yielded later that it was lucky to get a second course of action, and the Elizabethan Blackadder II (BBC, 1985) was made of a compellingly diminished spending arrangement.

Elton was at first moved nearer for scriptural counsel, yet ended up supplanting Atkinson as co-writer. The choosing result was endlessly superior to the essential game plan, the jokes running the degree from the complex to the smudged (every now and again in the same sentence), and the Curtis-Elton association stayed set up for the last two course of action (the Georgian Blackadder the Third, 1987; the World War I Blackadder Goes Forth, 1989) and distinctive turn offs (Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, 1988; Blackadder Back and Forth, 2000) – besides the foremost scene of Mr Bean (ITV, 1990).

Nevertheless, by the late 1980s Elton had definitively ascended out of behind the Regardless of the way that he had some on screen experience (despite caricaturing his Oxford Road Show appearances in The Young Ones’ false youth TV program “No sin” Around’), it wasn’t until he transformed into the standard host of Channel 4’s alternative dramatization showy presentation Saturday Live (1985-87) and its successor Friday Night Live (1988) that his face got the chance to be as famous as his scripts. His legislative issues, also, turned into the predominant point of convergence – it was a phenomenal monolog that excluded a cruel reference to ‘Mrs Thatch’ or ‘Normo Tebbs’ (i.e. Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit, at the time the Conservative PM and social occasion executive exclusively), which made him a traditionalist daily paper target.

In any case, he is beyond any doubt displays and ability to make decision scripted material have all the earmarks of being unconstrained provoked a week long spell in 1989 staying in for Terry Wogan on the BBC’s Wogan, which was then the most shocking profile visit show on British TV, furthermore an inside and out standard issue – it is hard to imagine by far most of Elton’s past Comedy Store accomplices managing this move so effectively. In 1991 the BBC gave him his first including shows in Ben Elton – The Man From Auntie, which blended topical monologues with representations, and which was adequately powerful to get a second course of action in 1994, trailed by the in a general sense the same as The Ben Elton Show in 1998.

Notwithstanding the way that The Young Ones and Blackadder set up Elton as a significant sitcom capacity, his distinctive tries in the field were less productive. The underrated Happy Families (BBC, 1985), a Jennifer Saunders vehicle that was his first solo TV script was a to some degree diffuse vehicle for Saunders’ adaptability as a character performing craftsman – she played five people from the same family as an aware tribute to Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets (d. Robert Hamer, 1949). Unsanitary, Rich and Catflap (BBC, 1987), which Elton furthermore formed solo for past Young Ones Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer.

A showbiz spoof with Mayall as a “resting” performing craftsman with pipe dreams of significance, Edmondson as his savagely messy minder and Planer as his smooth administrator, it now takes after the expansion between The Young Ones and the subsequent Mayall/Edmondson vehicle Bottom (BBC, 1991-95). The Thin Blue Line (BBC, 1995-96), a sitcom set in a police home office, rejoined Elton with Rowan Atkinson, however, its delicate outlandishness had more similarly as the work of Jimmy Perry and David Croft (Dad’s Army, BBC, 1968-77) than the sharp-witted Blackadder.

In 1989, he circulated his first novel, the eco-thriller Stark (shot by the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1993, with Elton himself plays the lead), which would be the first of various. Popcorn (1996), a spoof on the trickiness of the Quentin Tarantino time, similarly transformed into a successful stage play, while Inconceivable (1998), in the perspective of Elton’s own experience of endeavoring to consider a child, was tapped as Maybe Baby (2000), which was also his film organizing presentation. His solitary other additional vast screen credit was in Kenneth Branagh’s exquisite Shakespeare modification Much Ado About Nothing (US/UK, 1993), where he played Verges to Michael Keaton’s comparatively buffoonish Dogberry. Most starting late, he has given much inventive imperativeness to stage musicals, cooperating with Andrew Lloyd Webber on both The Beautiful Game (2000) and a screenplay for The Phantom of the Opera (however not the one used for the 2004 film), and formed the essentially panned yet gigantically compelling West End Queen musical We Will Rock You (2002).

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