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  • Published: 31 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448141135
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Did You Like That? Fred Dibnah, In His Own Words




The Sunday Times Bestseller, looking back at the life of one of Britain's most enduring characters.

When Fred Dibnah debuted on television in 1979, British audiences immediately embraced a new cultural icon: a steeplejack from Bolton who fell in love with England's decaying industrial landscape and an exhaustive storyteller whose charm and wit was matched only by his down-to-earth manner. The Producer of that first film, Don Haworth, would go on to make nineteen films about this unlikely celebrity and true British eccentric.

Did You Like That? collects the best stories from these films: colourful tales told by Fred himself, recounting key moments in his life, his experiences as a steeplejack, his fascination with machinery, his work as an engineer, craftsman, artist, inventor and steam enthusiast, and his forthright views on life in general.

Told with true Northern grit, Did You Like That? is the story of a man who never shied away from a hair-raising challenge, and the closest thing to Fred's autobiography we're likely to get. In paperback for the first time, this is Fred's story, in his own words.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448141135
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the Author

Don Haworth

Don Haworth was educated at Burnley Grammar School, served in the Royal Air Force and worked as Journalist for newspapers, news agencies and radio in several parts of the world.
He joined the BBC as a television news reporter, worked on Tonight and Panorama and then became a documentary producer in Manchester. His best known film, Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack won in 1980 the British Academy Award for documentary and the John Grierson Award for the year’s best film. His work as a playwright has been primarily for radio. The plays have been broadcast in many countries and have won five national and international awards in the past fifteen years. Bright Morning is a sequel to his first volume of childhood memories, Figures in a Bygone Landscape, which won the Portico Prize in 1986. Don Haworth died in 2007.

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