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Chris Gidney comes from a show business family and at age nine formed a comedy magic double-act with his father. Since then he has spent a lifetime in the profession as entertainer, producer and author, working with numerous artistes from the legendary Frank Sinatra to Sir Cliff Richard. Joining London’s West-End in 1980 he enjoyed twelve consecutive productions before moving to BBC Television, working on such classic programmes as Blue Peter and That’s Life with Esther Rantzen.

Based on his extensive friendships within the profession, his first book, In the Limelight was published in 1993 by Harper Collins, and since then he has authored nearly thirty books covering various aspects of life in show business. Chris’s best-selling hardbacks include Celebrating Secombe for Sir Harry Secombe, Under No Illusion for Paul Daniels, Vicar to Dad’s Army with Frank Williams, Flying High and Closer To Heaven for Don Maclean, Little by Little with Syd Little, Tapestry Tales with Dora Bryan and Show Me The Way with Wendy Craig. Chris’s Long Hot Soak series was reprinted before arriving on the shelves, and has since been re-printed seven times, enjoying an eight-year shelf life. He has also written for BBC Radio and a number of newspapers and periodicals.

As a freelance Director and Producer he is responsible for a number of unique stage, television and radio productions, and in 2004 he co-founded That’s Entertainment Productions, which specialises in bringing high quality family entertainment to the commercial theatre. TEP has several productions on the road at any one time and has regularly provided the resident summer seasons for Blackpool, Eastbourne, Bournemouth, Southsea and Teignmouth, alongside headliner tours and pantomime.

Chris formed the show business Charity CIE in 1982 which continues to provide backstage support for professionals in the entertainment industry, and he remains the Director of this organisation. Chris has a grown up family and enjoys living by the sea in Sussex.

Commercially Published Books:


Unpublished! - Bob Monkhouse

Hardback - John Blake Books 2011

Show Me the Way - Wendy Craig

Hardback - Hodder & Stoughton 2006

Dora’s Tapestry Tales - Dora Bryan

Hardback - Canterbury Press 2005

Little by Little - Syd Little

Hardback - Canterbury Press 2004

Flying High - Don Maclean

Hardback & Audio - Hodder & Stoughton 2003

Vicar to Dads Army - Frank Williams

Hardback -  Canterbury Press 2002

Celebrating Secombe – Sir Harry Secombe

Hardback -  Harper Collins- April 2001

Rock on Tommy - Cannon & Ball

Hardback/Paperback - HCollins 2000/2001

Under No Illusion - Paul Daniels

Hardback -  Blakes- May 2000

Street Life - Bryan Mosley/Coronation Street

Paperback/Hardback - HCollins  99/ 00

General Interest:

The Entertainers Prayerbook

Paperback – Canterbury Press 2009

The Gospel According to…Cannon and Ball 

Paperback - Canterbury Press 2007

Closer To Heaven Don Maclean

Paperback - Hodder & Stoughton 2004

12 Days Out with God 

Paperback - Zondervan USA/UK 2003

Long Hot Soak IV with Syd Little 

Paperback – Zondervan 2003

Long Hot Soak III with Chris Gidney

Paperback – Zondervan 2003

Long Hot Soak II with Don Maclean

Paperback Zondervan2001/02/03/04/05/06/07/08/09

The Laughter Makers

Paperback - CPO/Deo Gloria 2002

A Little Heavenly Humour - with Syd Little 

Paperback – Canterbury Press2002/03/04/05/06/07

The Parents Bible

Hardback - Harper Collins 2002

Be the Best

Hardback - Harper Collins 2002

Long Hot Soak I  

Paperback - Zondervan 2002

Lifelines with Wendy Craig

Paperback - Harper Collins Autumn 1999

Lifelines with Russell Boulter

Paperback - Harper Collins Autumn 1999

In the Limelight II  

Paperback - Harper Collins 1998

In the Limelight

Paperback - Harper Collins 1993

Other Compilation Works include:

Sir Cliff Richard; Mary Millar; David Suchet; Eternal; Rick Wakeman; Kris Akabussi; Nina Carter; Johnny Cash; Jimmy Cricket; Paul Jones & Fiona Hendley; Roy Castle; Dana; Helen Shapiro; Rosemary Conley; Thora Hird; DANA; Ken Dodd; Janey Lee Grace and many others.

Serialisations & Articles include:

Daily Mail; Sunday Telegraph; News of the World; Woman Alive; IDEA; The Stage; Backstage Magazine, BBC Radio.


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