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Here is an alphabetical list of all the books that Robert has written and co-authored so far.
Benny Hill - The Complete Companion (B.T. Batsford, 1999)
Benny Hill is the best known and best loved British comedian on world television - from the USA to the Pacific Rim. Feted for his unique brand of coy awareness, innuendo and saucy songs - but seemingly out of favour in his homeland before his death - Benny Hill can now be rated as having one of the foremost careers in comedy. This book is the ultimate guide to the most widely recognised funny man since Charlie Chaplin. Includes exclusive memories from some of Benny's favourite colleagues including Henry McGee, Nicholas Parsons and director/producer Dennis Kirkland.
The Carry On Companion (B.T. Batsford, 1996)
The essential guide to the Carry On phenomenom. An exhuberant and unashamedly affectionate look at the world of Britain's best-loved comedy team.
'The Carry On bible' Jack Douglas
'A real cracker...' Sight and Sound
ISBN 0-7134-7967-1 (1st edition)
ISBN 0-7134-8439-X (40th Anniversary Special Edition, 1998)
ISBN 0-7134-8771-2 (Revised edition, 2002)
The Carry On Story (Reynolds and Hearn Ltd, 2005)
A scintillating celebration of the Carry On legend. Based largely on the priceless archive of Carry On director Gerald Thomas, this lavish volume is bursting with rare memorabilia of all kinds.
'Robert Ross...bids fair, with this effort, to become the definitive Carry On historian' Norman Hudis
'I miss the team very much and think that Robert has done a wonderful job in keeping them all alive in The Carry On Story' Jack Douglas
Carry On Uncensored (Boxtree, 1999)
From the dusty vaults of Pinewood Film Studios comes a mine of Carry On treasures - including over 100 never previously published photographs - which are revealed for the very first time.
The Complete Frankie Howerd (Reynolds and Hearn Ltd, 2001)
Frankie Howerd was the king of nudge-nudge humour, and this is the essential guide to his career. Detailing obscure and forgotten performances, alongside better-known highlights, this book includes a definitive filmography and dozens of previously unpublished stills. Foreword by Val Guest and Yolande Donlan.
The Complete Goodies (B.T. Batsford, 2000)
For the very first time, we delve deeply into the fascinating , enigmatic and just plain side-splittingly funny world of The Goodies. Each and every contribution of the three Goodies, together and apart, is credited. It's the ultimate salute to a comic force to treasure.
'I hope the reader is as interested as I am.' Tim Brooke-Taylor
'Contains more information about the Goodies than anyone should need, want, or be allowed access to.' Graeme Garden
'Publish and I will sue.' Bill Oddie
The Complete Sid James (Reynolds and Hearn Ltd, 2000)
The indispensable guide to the archetypal crafty Cockney and presiding genius of the immortal Carry On series. Compiled with the full support of those who knew Sid best, this book is a fitting tribute to a star whose legend lives on.
'I think it was Cole Porter who, when informed of the death of George Gershwin, commented, 'You can tell me he's dead...but I don't have to believe it if I don't want to.' That's exactly how I felt about Sid...I still do. With this book, you can feel the same.' Jim Dale
The Complete Terry-Thomas (Reynolds and Hearn Ltd, 2002)
Boasts over seventy rare and previously unpublished photographs and is a long overdue tribute to one of the great heroes of comedy. Foreword by Richard Briers.
Fawlty Towers - Fully Booked (BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2001)
Now for the first time, here is the definitive tribute to arguably the most hilarious six hours in television history. Contaning many unseen photographs and exclusive interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs.
The Goodies Rule OK (Carlton Books, 2006)
This long overdue trip back to Cricklewood celebrates the legacy of the Goodies with the help of rare photographs, previously unseen memorabilia and liberal contributions from the team throughout.
Last Of The Summer Wine - The Finest Vintage (BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2000)
The definitive tribute to television's longest running, best loved sitcom. Including exclusive interviews with Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Frank Thornton, Brian Wilde and writer Roy Clarke.
ISBN 0-563-55151-8 (1st edition)
ISBN 0-563-53445-1 (2001 updated edition)
The Lost Carry Ons (Virgin Publishing Ltd, 2000)
This book gives fans the chance to read the unfilmed script for Carry On Again Nurse as well as a fascinating selection of cut scenes form throughout the movie series.
Mr Carry On - The Life and Work of Peter Rogers (BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2000)
Veteran producer Peter Rogers is the man behind the legendary Carry On... films. Thoroughly researched and containing a weath of new material and unseen photographs. It is an engaging insight into an enigmatic character's life and times, revelaing the true story for the first time.
Monty Python Encyclopedia (B.T. Batsford, 1998)
Including major biographies of all the team plus all their television, stage, publishing, radio and film ventures - together and apart - as well as exclusive contributions from the Pythons themselves.
'... I learned more about the Pythons from reading this book than being one.' Terry Jones
'Apart from slightly underestimating the number of hairs on Terry Jones's left toe, he has left no turn un-stoned.' Michael Palin
'More things I never even knew let alone wanted to. Very nice raves about all my work anyway.' Eric Idle
'The best book on Monty Python that I've never read!' Terry Gilliam
ISBN 0-7134-8279-6 (1st edition)
ISBN 0-7134-8623-6 (Revised edition 2001)
Sid James - Cockney Rebel (JR Books, 2009)
From when Sid James first arrived in England in 1946 he became the definitive "cockney" character actor in classic films for Hammer and Ealing Studios. This affectionate biography of the Carry On King reveals hitherto unpublished facts of both Sid's public and private life.
Steptoe and Son (BBC Worldwide Ltd, 2002)
This is the first book dedicated to the history and the stars of Steptoe and Son and provides us with the first and last word on one of the most successful sitcoms in British TV history.