Comedy history shows that it is our funniest double acts who receive the most love from the public, from Eric and Ernie and Pete and Dud to The Two Ronnies and Vic and Bob.
But while all of these partnerships have been celebrated in print, one of the most beloved duos of all time Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have not. Jem Roberts, acclaimed chronicler of Blackadder and The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, seeks to rectify this with an all-new official biography, timed to mark the thirtieth anniversary of A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
Featuring interviews with the likes of Emma Thompson and Richard Curtis, he takes a fresh look at the duo s journey from insecure Footlighters to international comedy heroes.
Beyond this, the trials and tribulations of their remarkable subsequent career paths, from QI to House, will be entertainingly explored for the very first time. Thanks to the generosity of both colleagues, the A Bit of Fry and Laurie archive has been opened up, revealing a host of tantalising titbits for fans including what happened next for Tony and Control, which other shops Mr Dalliard s friend ran, and the lost Laurie number The Ballad of Neddy Muldoon Above all, this is the tale of a true friendship, a deep affection between two very funny men; and a long-overdue celebration of the unique chemistry that produced the most outrageous, exciting and linguistically sublime comedy of a generation.