Hoffnung

  • by Gerard Hoffnung
  • Narrated by Charles Hoffnung
  • 1 hrs and 44 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Gerard Hoffnung was not only a gifted cartoonist but also a ground-breaking musician, best known for his wildly humorous concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, which featured such bizarre compositions as a concerto for three vacuum cleaners and an electric floor polisher. Here, in a selection of interviews and speeches, Hoffnung talks about his life of hilarity with all the gravity and seriousness he can muster. In the Charles Richardson interviews from Saturday Night on the Light, Hoffnung reveals many facets of his personal life, from his pet octopus to his hobby of hunting people who hunt. He also recounts the tale of his former housekeeper, a hedgehog, and a lavatory brush. He tells the famous bricklayer story in his Oxford Union speech and talks about his early life, his interest in film, and of course, his undying love of music. A must for all Hoffnung fans.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

the barrell is as good as it gets.

What disappointed you about Hoffnung?

all apart from the barrel which is still really funny.


What could Gerard Hoffnung have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

missed out all the interview scenario in part one.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Hoffnung?

there isn't a problem with the narrator which is gerrard Hoffnung.


What character would you cut from Hoffnung?

the interviewer.


Any additional comments?

still love "the barrel".

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- Mrs. K. I. Richards

Dated but still can provide amusement.

This is a very dated recording, and won't be for everybody, but the stories contained within are amusing.
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- Crackdown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited