Bernard Who?

75 Years of Doing Just About Everything



The long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's greatest entertainers.


Bernard Cribbins's life has been an eventful one. In 1943, he first joined Oldham Repertory Company, where he was paid just fifteen bob, all of which went to his mother. After serving as a paratrooper during National Service - and being shot at several times in Palestine - he returned to the theatre where he was eventually spotted by George Martin, then an A&R man for Parlophone Records. Just months away from producing The Beatles, Martin thought that Bernard might have a future in the recording industry and after introducing him to a couple of writers he became a pop star. His two hit singles - 'The Hole in the Ground' and 'Right Said Fred' - catapulted Bernard to stardom. By the time he appeared in The Railway Children, Bernard was fast becoming a national treasure.


Since then, Bernard's CV has been an A-Z of the best entertainment that Britain has to offer. He has been Jackanory's longest serving storyteller and has delighted millions by bringing The Wombles to life.


Almost ninety years in the making and packed with witty and entertaining anecdotes, Bernard Who? tells the wonderful story of one of the longest and most celebrated careers in show business.


The wittiest, warmest celebrity memoir I can remember reading (Jake Kerridge Sunday Express)


A rollicking good read - charming, unassuming and full of amiable, homespun wit (The Oldie)


Cribbins is reliably fascinating. This book is an essential ramble around his life and times (Roger Lewis Daily Mail)


The book reads like . . . it's Bernard sitting down and telling a story (Steve Wright BBC Radio 2)


It's written in a conversational style which is breezy without ever getting cloying. It's wonderful. It's almost as if it's just been transcribed (Danny Baker BBC Radio 5 Live)




In this chirpy memoir, the veteran actor looks back on 75 years in show business . . . Delightful reminiscences abound of an eclectic career . . . A fitting celebration of one of our most versatile and enduring acting talents (Sunday Express)