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Old 21-12-2006, 10:21   #141
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Ahh the late unlamented book forum. You could have posted naked pictures of Britney in there and nobody would notice for a fortnight...

Glad you're all planning to watch. I'm actually a little nervous because after the first interview they said they wanted to film me again becasue 'I was so much more controversial than any of the other authors'.

I didn't think I was remotely controversial, so my 'I'm on telly' excitement is mixed with a healthy glob of paranoia.

A reminder for the top of the new page:
Return of the Hero, BBC4, December 28th at 9pm
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Old 29-12-2006, 00:09   #142
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Am I the only one who remembered to watch this!!

Admittedly I totally forgot (I forget to watch TV regularly) and it was only by chance I caught the "And now on BBC1, 2, 3 and 4" bit as I was passing through a room!

Anyway well done Bollecks, you acquitted yourself well without coming across like either a pretentious loon or a junked up hippie! (Slight dig at the other authors there - mean I know).

All in all a good showcase of current popular authors whose books can be especially enjoyed by young male readers... bit random tacking that last bit on about The Dangerous Book For Boys - it felt out of place. Occasional dodgy moments e.g. some of the child readers could have been binned, but it was great to see the latent enthusiasm from some of the others for reading your books.

Keep up the good work (dude) and when will the film be out...
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Old 29-12-2006, 00:56   #143
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Repeated at 1.30am 29th dec for anyone who missed it.
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Old 29-12-2006, 01:01   #144
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Oooh I missed this - cheers for the rpt info teabag!
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Old 29-12-2006, 09:08   #145
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Old 29-12-2006, 10:31   #146
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I missed it as well, even though I remembered. My digi box decided it wasn't going to receive BBC4 last night!
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Old 29-12-2006, 13:49   #147
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I remembered to watch this at about 9.15, so missed the start, but thought you came across really well Robert. An interesting programme too. I had no idea McNab had moved into writing kids/teenage books - he obviously knows what a big market it is!
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Old 29-12-2006, 13:59   #148
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McNab's books are so *boringly* written. While they attempt to sound professional by using SAS jargon all the time - which is irritating to the point of boredom - they are also woefully inaccurate when it comes to things like computer hacking. Also, what's strange is that they are also written by 'Robert Someoneorother' which made me think that basically Andy McNab's name is used for the marketing value, while someone else actually writes the books, but yesterday's programme made no mention of that.
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Old 29-12-2006, 14:33   #149
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Just watched most of the programme. Will watch the rest later. It was interesting.

Nice one Robert (Dude)!

Harry got Man and Beast for Christmas, hasn't started it yet though.
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I'm just watching it now on my TiVo, interesting programme. I bought my 11yr old son your first book, for Xmas after reading this tread & doing some searching. Normally you cant pull him away from his PC or PS2, but he read it in one sitting & has just been out & bought 2 more, says they're great

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I was pretty pleased with the way it came out and giving each author their own section was better than just having it all jumbled up.

I agree about the Andy McNab books. I don't know how much of the books are written by Robert Rigby, but the convention is that if you put another name on the cover it means that their contribution is a major one. Chris Ryan also does kids series and I've heard that they're mostly written by an uncredited co-author although there are so many malicious rumours flying around in publishing that I'm not sure.
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Old 29-12-2006, 15:07   #152
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That was an all-round very interesting programme.

bollecks, has anyone snapped up the film/tv rights to your books yet?
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Yes, we sold them a few months back.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BBC Listings Page
Return of the Hero
An exploration of the re-invention of the adventure book in the 21st century, where books targeted at boys are best-sellers again. These are action packed, page turning thrillers like their predecessors, but the modernity of the heroes and the villains brings the genre right up to date.

Includes interviews with Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson, Andy McNab and an author who has captured the imagination of a new generation of young readers, Robert Muchamore.
I think whoever wrote that bit is a fan... sly dig at the others methinks!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/listing...ervice_id=4544
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For those who missed the program it's repeated on Sunday BBC4:

Return of the Hero
An exploration of the re-invention of the adventure book in the 21st century, where books targeted at boys are best-sellers again. [S]

BBC Four, Sun 14 Jan, 19:10-20:10 60mins Stereo

Return of the Hero
An exploration of the re-invention of the adventure book in the 21st century, where books targeted at boys are best-sellers again. [S]

BBC Four, Mon 15 Jan, 03:10-04:10 60mins Stereo Widescreen
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Excellent stuff, wasn't around when it was first one and will record it for sure
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I finally did see it and it was very good. It was well done and you all came across pretty well.
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oh good, it clashed with something else when it was on last.
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Just setting the Tivo. Its also on BBC4 on 15th Jan at 3.10am.
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Great! These signed copies might be worth something some day.
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