Being David Archer
And Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living
By Timothy Bentinck
The autobiography of actor Timothy Bentinck, who has played the role of David Archer, the Paterfamilias of the Archer family, since 1982.
Timothy Bentinck has played the part of David Archer in BBC Radio 4's The Archers since 1982. He is also the Earl of Portland and the voice of 'Mind The Gap' on the Piccadilly Line. Aimed primarily at the five million regular Archers listeners, Timothy takes the reader behind the scenes of the longest running drama series in the world, a British institution with a theme tune that Billy Connolly wants to be the National Anthem.
But that's not all. With wry, self-deprecating humour, Timothy recounts his enormously varied life - a successful actor in TV, film and theatre, a voice specialist working in every vocal medium. He's also been an HGV truck driver, a US tour guide, a computer programmer and website designer, an inventor with UK and US patents, farm worker, house renovator and he sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords for three years.
Unlike many acting memoirs, this isn't a succession of thespian tales of freezing digs, forgotten lines and name dropping. This is an articulate, funny and thoughtful account of how to survive an insecure life.
Timothy Bentinck was educated at Harrow, the University of East Anglia, where he read History of Art, and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he won the Carleton Hobbs Radio Award. He has written a children's book, Colin The Campervan and a book of spoof Dada French poems, Avant Garde a Clue, that, when spoken, are actually well known modern songs. He has written a number of travel articles for the Mail on Sunday.
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11 Oct 2018
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Hilarious — Mail on Sunday
[Tim] recounts his enormously varied life with his own brand of wry, self-deprecating humour . . . As well as taking readers behind the scenes of The Archers, Tim's autobiography also provides a funny and thoughtful account of how to survive the insecure life of a jobbing actor — Countryside
Very informative and highly entertaining — Lynn News
Frank and realistic . . . the book ought to be required reading for all drama students — The Lady