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    Anyone know if the rumours of a Peter Wyngarde biography are true ? And if so, when it is expected to be on sale.

    Always thought it a terrible shame he didn't often appear on our screens after 1980. Would loved to have seen him onstage too. Ahh, that voice.

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    Coming this autumn...

    For the first time ever in print, the life story of a television and style icon



    'PETER WYNGARDE: A LIFE AMONGST STRANGERS' Written by his friend, partner and soulmate of 30 years, Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins, this is both a biography and memoir

    Peter Wyngarde: the name elicits memories of an actor with worldwide renown and instantly adhesive star quality. During a more leisurely time, so far from internet gossip as to be barely recognisable, this is a biography that glued two people together for several decades to create a journal of the rise and relaxation of a household name and the adoration they enjoyed.

    The author has not placed their subject on a pedestal to unwittingly create an epic story of fame, fortune, the price of both and the cost of each other. With a wealth of stories to fascinate and appal in equal measure, and given it’s subject’s continuing fascination for a more worldly generation who would barely have heard of the power of the Lord Chamberlain, there is plenty to consume a worldwide readership for the story of someone whose fame hid fragility but whose status was the stuff of legend.


    “Elegantly crafted, intensively researched and presented with the utmost honour, it is highly commended.”


    “A wonderful, fascinating book.” Steven Berkoff
    This book is set to dispel all the newspaper gossip and Internet rumour you've ever read about Peter Wyngarde!
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    • Shirley Brahms
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      I remember you, Darling. Welcome back. It's been ages!

    • Steve Crook
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      Originally posted by Darling View Post
      I never came across any cynicism or sarcasm
      Oh, we can always manage some of that, if you really want

      Edit: Hmmm, I seem to have lost my previous post count, but I was here .
      Yes, we're on a new system so all counts were reset and started again at zero

      Welcome back

      Steve


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      Originally posted by Darling View Post
      Hmmm, I seem to have lost my previous post count, but I was here .
      Welcome back. When you were good you were very good, but when you were bad you were ... darling!



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    There is a Twitter page for the book but the actual publication date seems rather nebulous. It's at @tinawyngarde

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      PETER WYNGARDE: A LIFE AMONGST STRANGERS
      by Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins
      For the first time ever in print, the life story of one of Britain’s greatest acting and style icons!
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      “Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins has written a most remarkable biography of Peter Wyngarde; he really couldn’t have had a more devoted biographer, whose book is full of fascinating stories and anecdotes from his life and career. She has delved, researched, discovered, analysed, and championed a great actor, who was once recognised as one of the most exciting stage performers on the planet.” Steven Berkoff

      With contributions from Melody Anderson, Annette André , Steven Berkoff, Brian Blessed OBE, Carol Cleveland, Joel Fabiani, Caron Gardner, Hannah Gordon, Freddie Jones, Sam J. Jones, Martin Stephens, Tim V. plus many more…


      Available in hardback, paperback and Kindle formats

      Pre-order directly from the publisher by clicking HERE, or from Amazon - click HERE

      It will also be available from all good bookshops from Friday, 28th February, 2020.

      “Tina’s life story of Peter is a must-read from the one who knew him best!” Sam J. Jones
      For further information, including independent reviews etc., click HERE:

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      • #5
        "was once recognised as one of the most exciting stage performers on the planet"
        "one of Britain's greatest acting and style icons!"


        I didn't know that.

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        • #6
          Tina was Peter's partner?
          The book should be an interesting read then.

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          • #7
            I’ve ordered it from Apple Books as a download.

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            • #8
              I've ordered it from Amazon. Hope it's not too much of a hagiography.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
                I've ordered it from Amazon. Hope it's not too much of a hagiography.
                It might be. She does seem rather like a besotted fan.

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Shirley Brahms View Post

                  It might be. She does seem rather like a besotted fan.
                  It does come across a little like that. I read the recent Dennis Price bio, again self-published, and it was a real disappointment. Very well researched but totally lacking in perspective. I fear the burb indicates the same year.

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                  • #11
                    I quite liked the Price Bio.
                    Although the author was obviously an unabashed fan, I thought she was upfront about his failings.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
                      I quite liked the Price Bio.
                      Although the author was obviously an unabashed fan, I thought she was upfront about his failings.
                      Not sure, it had a number of things that bothered me. Her view is resolutely Price was brilliant in all his films, where the film flopped I t was always someone else’s fault. That is clearly not true, he was totally miscast as Byron, for example, but the author thinks he was superb. She also skirts over the films that don’t interest her, the last few years of his life, specifically. I get the films weren’t of the quality that came before, but it’s a biography not a filmography and he did some interesting work for interesting people. She also has the annoying habit of injecting herself and her views into the narrative, sometimes referring to herself in the third person, sometimes with ‘I think...’. Added to that she can’t help but tells us what Price was thinking at various points in his life, she wasn’t there, she doesn’t know.

                      The most obvious problem is around his sexuality. I happen to think it’s irrelevant to his career, but she makes a unconvincing argument for him being straight, based entirely on 1) he had relationships with several women; and 2) he didn’t make a pass at his flat mate, Patrick Mcnee, who was very good looking (she thinks). To support this argument she dismisses all those who say he was gay as holding a grudge against the actor (though she doesn’t specify why the should do that.) Given a number of people, including the likes of John Fraser, Robin Askwith, and Dirk Bogarde, have ‘outed’ Price in print or video it seems a particularly deluded perspective. She would have better off just presenting facts and saying either way, it’s not a big issue.

                      Incidentally, Tigon, I noticed she gets herself into a pickle on Amazon reviews responding to two critics of her book, one from someone claiming firsthand experience of Price’s sexuality where she identifies herself as the author under a pseudonym. Against the next comment she identifies herself as someone ‘representing’ the author. Again with the first party/third party confusion.

                      The book would have been much better with a decent proof reader/editor (so, for that matter, would her Amazon comments).

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                      • #13
                        My copy of the Wyngarde biog arrived this evening. This must be some sort of record, as I believe it was only released today.
                        It's a whopping 500 plus pages, looks as though it it self published.

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
                          My copy of the Wyngarde biog arrived this evening. This must be some sort of record, as I believe it was only released today.
                          It's a whopping 500 plus pages, looks as though it it self published.
                          I’d be interested to see what you think of it

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                          • #15
                            Some of the late Peter Wyngarde's belongings are to be auctioned.

                            https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...up-for-auction

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