A Matter of Life and Death

Ronni Ancona, Alistair McGowan
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ISBN 9780571250554 Format Paperback
Published 01/05/2010 Length 272 pages

About Book

Ronni Ancona is fed up with football: the way it dominates TV, takes over men's brains and scuppers any chance of romance. And so, for the sake of women everywhere, Ronni concocts an experiment to see if a man can be made to give up the very thing he claims he cannot live without. But who would agree to be Ronni's guinea-pig? Surely not her ex-boyfriend, Alistair McGowan, who has devoted much of his life to the game, from a childhood obsession with kicking a ball about to an adult addiction to Ceefax football pages?

Over the course of a year, we follow TV's best-known male/female double act in a hilarious battle of the sexes. Ronni institutes replacement techniques - walks, culture and endless rounds of toast and Marmite - but what happens when a man gives up the thing he loves most? And after being 'clean' for the whole summer, will the lure of a new season break his resolve?

  • About Ronni Ancona

    Ronni Ancona was the joint winner, with Alistair, of the prestigious Variety Club Comedy Award for their work on The Big Impression. Since then she has worked extensively in television, radio and film, both in comedy and drama, and was named Best Actress at The British Comedy Awards in 2003. Her writing credits include the BAFTA award-winning The Sketch Show. Ronni lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

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  • About Alistair McGowan

    Alistair is probably best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA. He started out as a stand-up comic, and since his success with The Big Impression has appeared regularly on television and radio. In the Autumn of 2009, he'll be embarking on a stand-up tour around the UK.

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