Billy, a young man with a dreary life, spends most of his time daydreaming about a land where he is a hero. Nov 10, 2014 billy liar had a strong streak of autobiography. Based on the novel by keith waterhouse, and on his and willis halls subsequent play, billy liar is structured something like a classic tv sitcom. Billy liar the complete series dvd british comedy guide. Tom courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as billy fisher, the underachieving undertakers assistant whose constant daydreams and truthdeficient stories earn him the nickname billy liar. As these events start catching up with him, he finds himself telling bigger lies to cover his tracks. Billy fisher lives with his parents and works for an undertaker. More a slice of british postwar youthculture history. He leaves the train to buy milk from a vending machine and watches the train slowly pull out for london with liz aboard. Aug 11, 2009 books blog fiction fifty years on, billy liar has not grown old the world described by keith waterhouse may have changed, but his hero is an archetype we can all recognise john keenan. Billy liar captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a smal. A guide to billy liar, the 1973 1974 itv tv sitcom about an imaginative young man. This filming of the production of the film billy liar was made by leeds local cine enthusiast david chapman.
Billy liar is the chronicle of one decisive day in the life of its protagonist billy fisher. Released march 30th, 2001, billy liar stars tom courtenay, julie christie, wilfred pickles, mona washbourne the movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 38 min, and received a score of 82 out of 100. Billy fisher reminds me a little of holden caulfield, although billy has a much bleaker existence to rebel against. Billy the musical waterhouse and hall the guide to. United kingdom 19891998, 2014present bitange i princeze.
Billy liar the complete second series all thirteen episodes of the second and final series of the hit 1970s sitcom, billy liar. The work has inspired and featured in a number of popular songs. The book billy liar is a darker comedy than i expectedpoised between kitchensink realism of saturday night and sunday morning and the blast of fresh air. Billy liar is a music singlesepsfan clubpromo recording by the decemberists prog folkprogressive rock released in 2004 on cd, lp vinyl andor cassette. Problems arise when he gets his fantasies mixed up with reality. The emerging new waves of mainland europe, an anarchic sense of humour and kitchen sink realism comingle to create an irrepressible touchstone of period british cinema which helped bring the swinging 60s to london. Bbc beds, herts and bucks theatre milton keynes theatre. Adapted from the highly successful novelplayfilm by writing team keith waterhouse and willis hall, billy liar is a uniquely whimsical sitcom featuring memorable performances from jeff rawle as.
Adapted from a 1959 novel by keith waterhouse, billy liar has also been. That creates great expectations, and billy liar lived up to them. He works in a tedious job in an undertakers office with a permanently uptight employer, dates a soppy girl who fails to satisfy him emotionally or physically and lives with his parents and grandmother who stifle his personality. Brand new fulllength some legacy available internationally via red scare industries. Cooper as his continuously apoplectic dad and colin jeavons as the mortifying mr.
His walter mitty like tendency would have him imagining. Finally, when his life is a total mess, and nobody believes a word he says, an opportunity to just. Willis hall updated the work to make it more relevant for the 1970s. British filming locations for the movie billy liar 1963 including maps, screenshots, and other nearby film locations. Billy liar by john schlesinger john schlesinger, tom.
Billy liar is a 1959 novel by keith waterhouse, which was later adapted into a play, a film, a musical and a tv series. In billy liar, that situation is one where young northern lad billy fisher is expected to get a job, get married and have kids, just like most young men in the late 1950s were supposed to. But in our heros rich imagination, he is a military conqueror, a debonair playboy, a brilliant novelist and more. Fascinating opening title sequence from john schlesingers billy liar, 1963, starring tom courtenay, built around a radio program godfrey winn the dj and shot primarily around bradford, west yorkshire, england view the tcmdb entry for billy liar 1963. Painful and hilariously funny in turn, this is also interesting as the role that made julie christie famous. Watch billy liar 1963 full movie free online streaming. The youthful billy liar is a landmark classic due to an inspired combination of elements which feels very cutting edge. Billy has the bad habit of being a pathological liar and reverting to an imaginary world where he dreams he is the dictator of a fictional country. Books blog fiction fifty years on, billy liar has not grown old the world described by keith waterhouse may have changed, but his hero is an archetype we can all recognise john keenan.
Billy liar tv series 19731974 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Puppet slam on thursday, august 18 2016 with 105 people interested and 34 people going. Tom courtenay delivers a starmaking turn as william terrence fisher billy liar in one of the most memorable and universally acclaimed films of the 60s. This film version of the keith waterhousewillis hall stage play visualizes some of billy s more outrageous fabrications. Billy liar is a british comedy series that follows a dreamer who finds himself making up plenty to make his life more interesting. Sequel to billy liar set 16 years on he has settled in a small commuterbelt town and acquired a wife, an eccentric mistress, a drunken superior at work, a scheming rival and sundry ratfaced neighbours. The film found its way to the yfa via tony earnshaw of the national media museum whilst he was working on a project on bradford on film, and which resulted in the book made in yorkshire see references david can be seen in the photograph on p. Billy liar grew up in the underground punk rock scene, finding his fee.
Billy liar by the decemberists, released 14 september 2004 1. Everything i try to do, nothing seems to turn out right 4. Waterhouse was a bright, imaginative lad from leeds who worked in an undertakers after flunking the 11plus. The world described by keith waterhouse may have changed, but his hero is an archetype we can all recognise. Billy liar 50th anniversary edition 1963dvd simplyhe. It was nominated in six categories of the 1964 bafta awards, including best screenplay, and was nominated for the golden lion at the venice film festival in 1963.
Keith waterhouses second novel received immediate acclaim, quickly matched by stage and screen adaptations. Billy liar on location leeds, bradford yorkshire film. A number of minor indiscretions causes billy to lie in order to avoid the penalties. Coope r as his continuously apoplectic dad and colin jeavons as the mortifying mr. Billy liar is a regional comedy about a youth who attempts to escape his dull family life. Adapted from the highly successful novelplayfilm by writing team keith waterhouse and willis hall, billy liar is a uniquely whimsical sitcom. His 1959 book billy liar was subsequently filmed by john schlesinger with tom courtenay as billy. Im having a chat with my friend and fellow musician billy liar from edinburgh, scotland. He periodically escapes the drudgery of his job at a.
Billys weekley liar is built on fun a good old dose of british seaside humour is the order of the day we talk on all things seaside our motto is smile dammit. In this musical version with lyrics by don black and music by john barry the workingclass yorkshire lad, billy fisher, a walter mitty fantasist, was played by michael crawford. The series follows billy jeff rawle, a seemingly normal man who has big dreams of being a comedy writer in london and having wealth and fame. Billy liar is unalbe to cope with life, clashes horribly with his father, hates his job, is engaged to two girls, but actually loves a third julie christie, and retreats into fantasy whenever reality becomes too threatening. An instant hit on its first publication in 1959, billy liar has been adapted as a play, musical, tv series, american sitcom and even a film starring tom courtenay and julie christie. The series was based on keith waterhouse and willis hall s 1960 british play billy liar. His column began in the daily mirror in 1970, then he moved to the mail because.
His only refuge is in his daydreams, where he is the leader of the country of ambrosia. It tells the story of billy fisher, a yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying especially to his three girlfriends. He works in a tedious job in an undertakers office with a permanently uptight employer, dates a soppy girl who fails to. Fifty years on, billy liar has not grown old books the. Billy liar is now commonly regarded as one of the british novels from the fifties that realistically portrays the drab and dreary life of the english working class. Like harold steptoe, billy is a fantasist determined to transcend his everyday. Billy is an american sitcom that aired on cbs from february 26 to april 28, 1979. Not many classic films have also enjoyed success as a book, play, sitcom and musical. Watch billy liar 1963 full movie free online streaming tubi. Its not just the moments when hes voicing multiple characters and making each distinct, its the moments when billy slips into a yorkshire accent as his friend arthur puts on his own yorkshire accent, then billy playacts a different character with a different accentand john simm keeps this all perfectly clear and understandable. Running from an unsympathetic workingclass family, a pair of demanding fiances and an insecure job at an undertakers, billy escapes, walter mittylike, into a world of fantasy where he can.
Billy liar captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. Billy is an idealistic young man who is trapped in a boring life. Billy liar is a uniquely whimsical sitcom featuring memorable performances from jeff rawle as billy, george a. The whimsical sitcom stars jeff rawle as billy jeff rawle stars as billy a young man working as an undertakers assistant who dreams his life away in a grim northern town. Also a prolific author, with about 50 books to his name. Billy still hasnt come to grips with the real world by the end of this movie. Keith waterhouses popular tale became an instant hit. Bored by his job as a lowly clerk for an undertaker, billy. Michael was at the peak of his tv stardom as frank spencer in the sitcom some mothers do ave em. Also creator of a dozen west end plays, from billy liar to jeffrey bernard is unwell. Immediately download the billy liar summary, chapterbychapter analysis, book notes, essays, quotes, character descriptions, lesson plans, and more everything you need for studying or teaching billy liar. Billy liar is a 1959 novel by keith waterhouse, which was later adapted into a play, a film. As is usual for british films of this era it takes place in the north country, in yorkshire. Hes just put out a great record called some legacy and of course, like everyone of us, his life and music career has been affected by the covid19 pandemic.
In 1963, galton and simpsons steptoe and son bbc, 196274 was a huge hit, and there are interesting parallels. Hes waiting to hear about a sitcom pilot hes made for the bbc, and in the spring. Keith waterhouse with a new introduction by nick bentley book description billy fisher feels trapped by his workingclass parents, his unfulfilling job as an undertakers clerk, and his life in a dull, provincial town. Directed by john schlesinger, it stars tom courtenay who had understudied albert finney in the west end theatre adaptation of the novel as billy, and julie christie as liz, one of his three girlfriends. A lazy, irresponsible young clerk sir tom courtenay in provincial northern england lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family. Painful and hilariously funny in turn, this is also.
Billy is a different take on the angry young man theme, however. Billy liar by keith waterhouse, first edition abebooks. Buy billy liar penguin decades by waterhouse, keith isbn. With tom courtenay, julie christie, wilfred pickles, mona washbourne. Billy liar is a sitcom of 26 30minute episodes over two series made by london weekend television in 19731974 which starred jeff rawle as billy fisher. Julie christie is the handbagswinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire billy to finally move out of his parents house. Billy liar is a 1963 british blackandwhite cinemascope comedydrama film based on the 1959 novel by keith waterhouse. The semicomical story is about william fisher, a workingclass 19yearold living with his parents in the fictional town of stradhoughton in yorkshire. The decemberists billy liar from her majesty youtube. Financial analysis of billy liar 1963 including budget, domestic and international box office gross, dvd and bluray sales reports, total earnings and profitability. The book billy liar is a darker comedy than i expectedpoised between kitchen sink realism of saturday night and sunday morning and the blast of fresh air. This film version of the keith waterhousewillis hall stage play visualizes some of billys more outrageous fabrications. Arguably the funniest show from one of britains premier writing teams, this set contains all 26 episodes.346 810 1562 761 1380 795 1428 1538 394 1339 392 1237 1326 166 1128 357 129 1337 1089 1410 989 832 1467 1462 926 125 682 1402 1211 1310 348 39 1157 856 36 429 185 1441 356 98 565 1431 246