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About Me

Still residing in the county of Staffordshire where I was born, I  live with my wife Lisa and our two cats, Charlie and Molly. Lisa is the co-author of my first two books.

Growing up on a TV diet of such delights as Porridge, Only Fools and Horses and Dad's Army has naturally resulted in me becoming a bit of a comedy fanatic. When Lisa and myself first met and discovered we had similar telly tastes, it was a match made in comedy heaven.

The Retro Writer

As a child of the 70s and a teenager of the 80s, I have a great fondness for these decades, particularly the latter. I like to refer to the 70s and 80s as the Proper Telly era, as it really was a golden age for television, in addition to being a fantastic period for films, books, music, sweets and toys!

The vast majority of my writing is nostalgia based, inspired by my own personal memories of growing up in the 70s and becoming an adult towards the end of the 80s.

The Tale of Trotter Trivia

Although Trotter Trivia was first published in 2012, the writing of it commenced over 15 years previously! It all began with Lisa and myself simply writing questions for fun, testing each other's knowledge of Only Fools and Horses, our favourite show. Before we knew it, we had written over 1000 questions. For years, the questions lay dormant until we finally decided to do something useful with them and put them into book form. Trotter Trivia was born!

Excerpt from the Express & Star, heralding the publication of Trotter Trivia.

Writing Career

I worked for a number of years as a freelance writer, producing blog posts, articles and travel destination descriptions for a wide variety of companies, both large and small. In the past, I have also had work appear in publications such as Your Cat Magazine and the now sadly defunct Film Review. I now concentrate on writing books and a couple of blogs. 

As a former quiz master in my local area, I decided to combine a thirst for trivia with my love for comedy. Trotter Trivia: The Only Fools and Horses Quiz Book first appeared in 2012, followed by The Great British Sitcom Quiz Book in 2013.  80s Quiz Master, a slight departure from my normal comedy-based trivia books, was published as an e-book in 2014. The year 2016 saw the release of A Question of Carry On, my tribute to the wonderful Carry On series of films. In addition to being featured in the press, I got the opportunity to discuss A Question of Carry On as a guest on a number of BBC local radio shows, including stations such as BBC Radio Merseyside, Radio WM and BBC Radio Newcastle.

The book on which I am currently working is a nostalgic journey through the many classic television programmes of the Proper Telly era (1970 -1989).


 

Contact Me

You can contact me by filling in the form on the right of this page (click the three bars at top of page next to search) or alternatively, simply contact me via my Twitter feed. I also have a Facebook page. Stuart Ball Writer on Facebook

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A Chat with Sally Geeson

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful chat with the lovely Sally Geeson. Sally shared some wonderful memories of working with Sid James on the much-loved Bless This House. The interview was published on my Sid's Place website but just in case you missed it, I'm republishing it here.   



From 1971 to 1976, Sid James was a very familiar presence in the life of actress Sally Geeson. During this time, Sally appeared with Sid in every episode of the beloved smash-hit sitcom Bless This House, as well as the big-screen spin-off film, Along the way they also starred in two Carry On films together..

Recently, I had the pleasure of catching up with Sally over the telephone, An absolute delight to talk to, Sally shared many wonderfully warm memories of working with Sid on Bless This House. Our conversation also took in her Bless This House co-star and friend Robin Stewart and the Carry On team.

An Interview with Sally Geeson

Chatting with the lovely Sally Geeson, it is quite obvious that she …

Proper Telly Legends Lost in 2018

As we count down the hours to the start of yet another New Year, I'd just like to take a moment to remember some of the great names from the world of film and television that have passed away during 2018. Many wonderfully talented people who reached the height of their fame during the Proper Telly era of the seventies and eighties are no longer with us.

Dame June Whitfield

Just two days ago on December 28, we said goodbye to a lady who truly deserved her status as a national treasure. For well over sixty years, June Whitfield entertained the nation with wonderful performances in scores of television, film and stage productions. She starred alongside some of the biggest names in British comedy, such as Tony Hancock, Frankie Howerd, Dick Emery and Peter Sellers, becoming a legend herself in the process. For many of us, including myself, June will be most fondly remembered for her long-running screen partnership with the great Terry Scott, first in the sitcom Happy Ever After from 19…

A Nostalgic Chat with Steve James

Back in 2016, I had the pleasure of having a Skype video chat with Steve James, successful music producer and the son of my comedy hero, the one and only Sid James. This interview was first published on Sid's Place, my tribute blog to Sid. With it being Father's Day today, I thought it an appropriate time to republish my chat with Steve here as he recalls many wonderful memories about life with his famous dad.





Life With Sid James
Steve James is one of the most admired record producers/engineers in the music industry. In a career spanning over forty years, he has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Paul Young, Peter Skellern, Toyah, Ginger Baker and Neil Innes. He recorded Monty Python's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and has even worked on The Teletubbies!

Steve also happens to be the son of Sid James.




A Croissant and a Chat It is just after midnight as I make the video call to Steve James. He comes into view with the plush surroundings of a v…