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Danny Baker Good Time Charlie’s Back! review: I want more stories

PUBLISHED: 10:08 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 11 May 2018

Danny Baker. Picture: STEVE ULLATHORNE

Danny Baker. Picture: STEVE ULLATHORNE

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Everyone knows Danny Baker. Whether it’s for his radio career, infamous washing powder adverts, football programmes in the 1990s or his recent appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

What many people might not know - aside from his avid fans and readers of his three autobiographies - is he’s a talented writer with a razor sharp memory for minute detail and a life packed full of funny, bizarre and fascinating tales.

For this show he took us through the early years, which he dubs “the rock and roll” era. Behind him on the stage was a screen with photographs to prompt stories and he’d often go off on a tangent and reveal more anecdotes.

Since landing a job writing for the NME at just 20, his life has taken an incredible path, with a series of coincidences and fortunate events helping to lead to the career he has today.

From conducting a fleeting interview with John Lennon after bumping into him on the street in New York to touring with bands from across the world like Ian Dury and the Blockheads, he’s done it all.

Baker is fundamentally honest, likeable and unashamedly proud of his success without being arrogant.

Although the show was long - three hours excluding the interval - the audience were captivated throughout and it was sufficiently engaging to hold your attention. I look forward to him coming back next year to continue the stories.

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