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A Right Carry On in 2016

I think most of you would agree that 2016 has been rather a tumultuous year one way or another. It seems that not a day has passed without news of another beloved celebrity passing away. Throw Brexit and Donald Trump into the mix and you have all the ingredients for a rather sour-tasting end of year banquet.

Despite a couple of heartaches, 2016 has actually been rather a good year for me. Here are some of my personal highlights.

Life with Sid James

April 2016 marked the fortieth anniversary of the death of one of the nation's favourite comedy stars, Sid James. As Sid is my comedy hero, I wanted to mark the occasion with something special for my Sid's Place blog, so I was absolutely thrilled when Sid's son, Steve James, agreed to be interviewed about life with his famous dad.

Steve couldn't be more obliging and was an absolute delight to chat with. He shared some wonderfully memories of his dad, many of which you can read at Sid's Place here Sid's Place Welcomes Steve James 

A Question of Carry On

July saw the release of my fourth book A Question of Carry On. Combining quiz questions with various pieces of trivia and stories from the set, my aim was to make the book as fun as possible, just as the films themselves were. Hopefully I succeeded in that aim. 

A Question of Carry On has certainly garnered a lot of interest and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to talk about the book, as well as my life-long love for the Carry Ons, on a number of BBC local radio shows. In addition, I also got to talk all-things Carry On with The Weekly News.

Only Fools and Boycie

Towards the end of July, I had the pleasure of meeting up once again with the wonderful John Challis and his lovely wife Carol. I've met John a number of times over the years now and he never fails to be anything less than utterly charming. In recent years, John has turned his hand to writing, publishing two autobiographies, two novels and a non-fiction book looking at the history of Wigmore Abbey, his historic home in Shropshire.

You can find out more about John's books at his official website Wigmore Books 

Trotter Trivia

Co-written by my wife Lisa and first published in 2012, Trotter Trivia: The Only Fools & Horses Quiz Book is still proving to be very popular with Only Fools fans. This November, the book re-entered the top 20 of the Amazon trivia book chart and stayed there for the majority of December. I'd like to extend a huge, lovely jubbly thank you to everyone who has helped push Trotter Trivia back up the charts


I've recently started to work on another Only Fools and Horses based book, which will hopefully be available sometime in 2017. Plans are in motion for another Carry On book too! 

I'd like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year. All the best for 2017!


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