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Adrian Mole has at last reached physical maturity, but he can't help roaming the pages of his diary like an untamed adolescent. Finally given the heave-ho by Pandora, he seeks solace in the arms of Bianca, a qualified hydraulic engineer masquerading as a waitress. Between his dishwashing job and completing his epic novel, 'Lo! The Flat Hills of My Homeland', Adrian hopes that fame and fortune will not keep him waiting much longer.
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Adrian Mole is balding, he's bitter, and he's back, this time at age 30. Though he may be older, Sue Townsend's comic creation is certainly no wiser. With his marriage to a Nigerian beauty in tatters, he passes his time dreaming of old flame Pandora Braithwaite, now a shining star in Tony Blair's new government. But underneath the layers of experience and sophistication, fans of the Mole family will find the same dysfunctional mess that made The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 an instant bestseller. This diarist's young son is being brought up by his mother in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, his 16-year-old sister has left home to live with her multiply pierced boyfriend, and his father is bed-bound with manic depression. Adrian himself still makes constant lists of juvenile neuroses, and spends an unhealthy amount of time grading his penile performance (only when he reaches the bleak score of zero out of 10 does he finally take action).

And what of his career? The hero of The Cappuccino Years works at Soho's Hoi Polloi restaurant, rustling up deliberately grubby blue-collar cuisine, from "Heinz tomato soup (with white bread floaters)" to "Boiled cabbage avec Dan Quayle Potatoes." At a certain point, he's spotted by a cable producer and ends up starring in a television show celebrating offal--yes, it's called Offally Good. Yet even Adrian is somewhat perplexed by his culinary gifts:

My mother's family (Norfolk) were practically illiterate, and seemed to live on boiled potatoes with HP sauce, and my father's family (Leicester) viewed books with deep suspicion, unless they had pictures which "broke up the pages." My paternal grandmother, May Mole, was a plain cook, who regarded eating as a gross indulgence. Thank God she died before I became a professional chef. It was her proud boast that she had never eaten in a proper restaurant in her life. She spoke of restaurants as others speak of crack dens.
As the above should make clear, Townsend's acerbic (and very English) wit is still much in evidence. Occasionally she'll go to corny lengths for a joke: "I arrived at the Brent Cross shopping centre car-park, to find that my car had been towed away five days ago and was in a police compound somewhere in Purley. A £25 cab ride took me to the Purley gates." True Mole fanatics, however, will forgive Townsend her infrequent excesses. Accessible, amusing, and appealing, The Cappuccino Years reflects an Adrian who has tolerated the growing pains and survived the lost years. Now he's ready to face the only really important question: Is it cheating to use Viagra? --Lucie Naylor

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  • New sitcom Rovers has a Premier League line-up that puts the fun into footie

    05/24/16 ,via Radio Times

    There's the magnificent Steve Speirs (Stella, Upstart Crow) as Tel, who comes out at the age of 47 to his very blokey mates; Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk on Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe) as man-eater Mandy; and Pearce Quigley (Detectorists) as 

  • Rovers, Sky1

    05/25/16 ,via The Arts Desk

    Shades of another lo-fi sitcom are evoked in the presence of Pearce Quigley from Detectorists, who edits the fanzine and chaperones his blind and extremely blunt mother ("nob jockey!"). Other regulars include Tel (Steve Speirs), who in a nice twist is

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Watched some #Shakespeare on my @emirates flight from #Madrid to #Dubai courtesy of @The_Globe. Pearce Quigley is a comic genius. 05/26/16, @neilking81
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  • Pearce Quigley

    2011. ISBN: 6135246577,9786135246575. 92 pages.

    Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pearce Quigley (born Salford, England) is an English actor of the stage and screen. His theatre credits include The Seagull (Royal Court); Paul (National Theatre); Journey's End (Comedy Theatre); My Night with Reg and Dealer's Choice (Birmingham Rep); Feelgood (Hampstead and Garrick); Blue Heart (Royal Court); Shopping and Fucking (Out of Joint at Gielgud, International Tour and Queen's Theatre); The Queen and I - The Royals Down Under (Out of Joint Australian tour); Rat in the Skull (Royal Court and Duke of York's); The Queen and I (Out of Joint at the Royal Court and Vaudeville Theatre); Road (Out of Joint at the Royal Court); Der Neue Menoza (Gate Theatre); Rope (Birmingham Rep); A Jovial Crew (RSC); The Winter's Tale (RSC); The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC); The Changeling (RSC); Abingdon Square (Shared Experience); etc.

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  • New sitcom Rovers has a Premier League line-up that puts the fun into footie

    05/24/16 ,via Radio Times

    There’s the magnificent Steve Speirs (Stella, Upstart Crow) as Tel, who comes out at the age of 47 to his very blokey mates; Diane Morgan (Philomena Cunk on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe) as man-eater Mandy; and Pearce Quigley (Detectorists ...

  • Damien Love's TV highlights

    Among the other regulars are Diane Morgan (aka Philomena Cunk), enjoying a special relationship with Detectorists's Pearce Quigley, and Cash's fellow Royle Family demigod, Sue Johnston, playing Doreen, who runs the bar, and the gossip. You sense there are ...

  • Radio 4 orders stately home sitcom

    02/19/16 ,via Chortle

    Tom Bell, Pearce Quigley and Louise Ford co-star in the six-part Radio 4 show, which will air from June 15 in an 11.30am slot. It follows a successful pilot in 2014. Kevin Eldon, Darren Boyd and Roger Allam will also guest star in the series. Callow is ...

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Pearce Quigley - IMDb

Pearce Quigley, Actor: Millions. Pearce Quigley was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is known for his work on Millions (2004), The Way Back (2010) and ...

Pearce Quigley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pearce Quigley is an English actor of the stage and screen. His theatre credits include The Seagull (Royal Court); Paul (National Theatre); Journey's End (Comedy ...

Pearce Quigley - Biography - IMDb

Pearce Quigley was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is known for his work on Millions (2004), The Way Back (2010) and You Will Meet a...

Interview with Pearce Quigley

Miles from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School participated in Shakespeare Schools Festival 2013 in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at The Greenwich Theatre ...

Pearce Quigley bio, filmography, height, pictures & wiki info

Pearce Quigley bio, filmography, height, pictures & wiki info

Pearce Quigley

Pearce Quigley

Pearce Quigley Theatre Credits

Pearce Quigley Theatre Credits