This is the most definitive and complete guide ever produced
on one of radio's most popular and enigmatic games. Mornington
Crescent is a game enshrined in many of the legends of
our sceptred isle. Now, at last, the eminent broadcaster Andrew
Marr peers - with the help of Humphrey Lyttelton, Graeme Garden,
Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer and many famous fans of
"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" - behind the veil of secrecy
which has until now surrounded it...
game of Mornington Crescent dates back to the middle
ages, and probably longer. Its a game that has passed
down through the years, barely changed and equally barely
understood by many. Although its an easy game for novices
to understand, its layers of sophistication ensure that once
youre ensnared by its beautiful logic and simplicity
theres always more to learn.
books are few and far between, principally because so much
of what makes Morning Crescent so compelling is handed
down word of mouth from one generation to the next, so its
therefore a real delight to find a double CD that lifts the
veil to reveal the internal mechanism of the game of Kings
and commoners alike.
one is a splendid documentary from BBC journalist Andrew Marr.
His investigative insights and interviews with luminaries
of the game are both compelling listening as well as being
highly informative. The late, great Humphrey Lyttleton is
probably the most articulate exponent of the game to be found
here but solid contributions also come from Graeme Garden,
Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer - all well known and accomplished
players in their own right.
the time youve listened to the first CD youll
be ready to re-enter the Mornington Crescent area refreshed
and renewed. Novices beware - youll be on top form.
two features a number of historic accounts of Mornington
Crescent complete with thrilling re-enactments. This really
is the stuff of legend and will once again enhance your understanding
of the complexities of its rules. It is also a rare opportunity
to hear players from the past in their own words talk about
what the game meant to them.
Crescent is a national institution, as popular today as
it was when Henry VIII championed it at the Royal court. Some
place names have changed over the years but popular destination,
including Tooting Bec and the tricky Walthamstow Central,
actually date back to the games inception.
two CDs make for fascinating listening. Essential...