Without Jon Plowman it is certain that French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous, Fry and Laurie, Little Britain, The Office, The League of Gentlemen and at least a dozen other comedy entertainments of the past quarter century would have had another producer. A thought that chills the marrow and causes each separate hair to rise from the scalp in terror and bewilderment. For Jon Plowman is comedy in the same way that Anthea Turner is Anthea Turner. -- Stephen Fry Funny, shrewd and thoroughly entertaining. Anyone thinking of working in comedy production (and a fair few who already do) should be made to read this book. Jon Plowman is simply the best! -- Steve Pemberton I learned so much from this book. For a start, I had no idea Jon produced comedy... For those who suffer from chronic constipation and like to read on the loo, there's at least three good shits-worth here... A very funny, honest, naughty memoir from the godfather producer of British TV comedy. -- Matt Lucas As the godfather to a whole era of television comedy, Jon Plowman's hugely entertaining memoir, packed with anecdotes, gossip and wisdom about getting the show on the road, or sometimes into the cul de sac, is a delicious treat for upcoming programme makers and nosy parkers alike... If you've ever wondered what an Executive Producer does, read this book and still wonder. Because from Jon Plowman's witty and insightful account of the ins and outs and occasional car crashes of actually getting comedy shows onto television, you might conclude they just make up the rules as they go along. And thank goodness. -- Hugh Bonneville This is the rarest of rare things - a fascinating life, wonderfully told. It manages to be hilarious, informative, scurrilous and utterly page-turning all at once. Jon Plowman has made full use of the famous maxim "You can't libel the dead" (though worryingly seems to have extended this to the living too) to bring us a book of world-class anecdotes. If you've ever laughed at a British comedy I guarantee you will adore How to Produce Comedy Bronze. -- Adam Kay
In HOW TO PRODUCE COMEDY BRONZE, legendary TV producer Jon Plowman lifts the hood on the comedy industry so you can peer inside and wonder how any of it ever got made in the first place. In a career spanning 30 years Jon has learned (almost) everything there is to know about comedy and now wants to share his wealth of knowledge, before he becomes completely demented and forgets how to do it. Working with Fry and Laurie, travelling with the cast of Absolutely Fabulous, saying 'yes' to The Office - together these stories combine to tell the uncensored story of how TV comedy works, from the first germ of an idea to the after-party at the Emmys - all through a life in comedy. Read this book and if you're not careful learn how to make the world laugh at your ideas too!