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"It was a joy to be a part of the team that created Round The Horne. I was involved with the show at a time of my life when I was very happy., and that happiness overflowed into the scripts." -- Barry Took
Barry Took (19 June 1928 – 31 March 2002) was an English comedian, writer and television presenter. He is best remembered in the UK for his weekly role as presenter of Points of View, a BBC TV programme in which viewers' letters criticising or praising the BBC were broadcast. He also presented the BBC Radio 4 programme The News Quiz for over a decade until 1995.

Took was born in Muswell Hill, North London and brought up there during the war, running away from the home in Wisbech to which he had been evacuated. He attended Minchenden School. It was during his period of National Service that he began performing seriously, and it was also then that he met his first wife, Dorothy, known as Dot, with whom he had three children: Barry, Susan and David. He later worked as a stand-up comedian, eventually becoming a West End revue performer, working on For Amusement Only and For Adults Only.

In terms of his comedy writing, Took was the writing partner of Marty Feldman and wrote for several television shows in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Army Game and its spin-off Bootsie and Snudge. He co-wrote Beyond Our Ken for two seasons (1958-1959) with Eric Merriman for BBC Radio before leaving after a disagreement with his fellow writer. With Marty Feldman he wrote most episodes of Round the Horne.

In the late 1960s, Took became Comedy advisor to the BBC and was responsible for bringing together the performers who formed Monty Python's Flying Circus before moving to the USA to work briefly on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. He returned to the UK in early 1970, was involved in setting up the The Goodies, but had returned to take up the position of Head of Light Entertainment at London Weekend Television.

In 1977, Took hosted his own comedy sketch show, Took and Co. Also featuring Robin Bailey, Chris Emmett, Andrew Sachs and Gwen Taylor, the series ran for seven episodes late night on ITV. In 1976, he created and wrote the innovative literacy programme On the Move which starred Bob Hoskins and Donald Gee.

An image of Took was momentarily flashed on the screen during the BBC's introduction to its hit TV series Life on Mars.

He died aged 73 on 31 March 2002 in a nursing home in Enfield, Middlesex, after suffering from cancer.

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Total Books: 32
Round the Horne The Complete Julian  Sandy Classic BBC Radio comedy
Round the Horne Complete Series 4 16 Episodes of the Groundbreaking BBC Radio Comedy
Round the Horne Complete Series 3 Classic Comedy from the BBC Archives
Round the Horne v 2
2010 - Round the Horne V 2 [Vintage Beeb] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781408427361
ISBN-10: 1408427362

Round the Horne
2001 - Round the Horne [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563366478
ISBN-10: 0563366478
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Radio Shows, General

Round the Horne No9
2001 - Round the Horne No9 [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563381242
ISBN-10: 0563381248
Genres: Humor, Radio Shows, General

Round the Horne Movie Spoofs
2001 - Round the Horne Movie Spoofs [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563391258
ISBN-10: 0563391251
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Radio Shows, General

Round the Horne No7
2001 - Round the Horne No7 [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780563395003
ISBN-10: 0563395001
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Radio Shows, General

Round the Horne No6
2001 - Round the Horne No6 [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563401346
ISBN-10: 0563401346
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Radio Shows, General

Round the Horne the Complete and Utter History
2001 - Round the Horne the Complete and Utter History [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780563557678
ISBN-10: 0563557672

Round the Horne No10
2001 - Round the Horne No10 [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563557685
ISBN-10: 0563557680
Genres: Humor, General

The Best of Round the Horne
2000 - The Best of Round the Horne (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780752218090
ISBN-10: 0752218093

Barry Took's Pick of The News Quiz
1998 - Barry Took's Pick of the News Quiz [BBC Radio Collection] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780563557722
ISBN-10: 0563557729

Julian  Sandy
1997 - Julian Sandy [BBC Gold] (Audio Cassette)Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780563382010
ISBN-10: 0563382015

Rambling Syd Rumpo Starring Kenneth Williams  Kenneth Horne 40 Warbles from Round the Horne's Doyen of Folk Singers
Mr Point of View
1994 - Mr Point of VIew (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781858498270
ISBN-10: 1858498279

Star Turns The Life and Times of Benny Hill and Frankie Howerd
TV Weekly's Book of Fun Facts and Figures Four Decades of British Television
1992 - Tv Weekly's Book of Fun Facts and Figures Four Decades of British Television (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781852834098
ISBN-10: 1852834099

Bona Book of Julian and Sandy Leaves from Their  Round the Horne  Journal
Round the Horne Scripts
1974 - Round the Horne Scripts (Hardcover)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780713001211
ISBN-10: 0713001216
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

Three Plays [Working World] (Hardcover)
Two Plays [Working World] (Hardcover)
Took's Eye View Views Reviews and Reflections
Took's Eye VIew VIews Reviews and Reflections (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780860512462
ISBN-10: 0860512460
Genre: Reference