Thursday, November 09, 2006

Green Wing Book Signing Friday 10th November 1-2pm

Which is, I know, tomorrow. It's at Forbidden Planet in London, on Shaftesbury Avenue, and I didn't realise how soon it was until I went there today and saw the posters. Rearrange the following words into a sentence: Writers, Told, Never, Anything, Are.

Julian M, Stephen RT*, Karl T and the always gorgeous Pippa H will be there to sign books, so if you get a chance go along and... well, buy one. FP have a great roleplaying section as well, so if you could also buy a copy of Pendragon, a game of Arthurian quests, and tell me what it's like, I'd be most grateful, as I've been meaning to buy it for twenty years now (ouch) and never got round to it. But I digress.

If people are wondering why the signings are so London-based, it's because trying to get the cast together at short notice is horribly difficult, what with them being successful and working lots and that. Of course this time next year, they may all be doing regional panto, and there's no shame in that.

*or whatever

UPDATE: well I did go in the end. Hello to the people from the Green Wing Fan Forum (excellent t-shirts). I tried to leave a hello thing on the forum, but couldn't make it work instantly, so gave up. Me and Ori and Rob ended up signing stuff as well, and at one point were asked gently by the Forbidden Planet staff if we could move a bit as we were blocking access to the Batman action figures - perhaps the greatest moment of my life.

My hair seems to have driven some impressionable young people wild (I think they were all wound up to see Julian, who couldn't make it in the end, so they had to make do with what they had), and later that evening, having ventured out from Canterbury's Pennyfeather Towers into the City Arms public house, a man I have never met before stumbled over and stroked the top of my head. I was later informed he was a funeral director.

I may have to dial it down a notch.


58 comments:

Who is this Dave? said...

In the meantime, the actual people who do the writing, and so could presumably spell their own names and add a witty comment to a book, will be free for regional signings (say, East Anglia) exactly when?

james henry said...

Well, by a strange twist of fate, I'm up in London at the moment. Although at the time of the signing I'll probably be heading down to Canterbury to stay at Pennyfeather Towers for a weekend. I will be able to sign stuff on the train though, like newspapers, and cups of tea and that.

Anonymous said...

Julian M and Stephen RT eh?

Skeadugenga said...

Are you sure its Julian, Steve, Pippa and Karl signing tomorrow? Forbidden Planet announced Mark, Steve, Pippa and Karl. We don't want a riot of disappointed Tutties rampaging through Forbidden Planet.

Anonymous said...

Surely the writers should be signing the book, it's the scripts after all.
I've been banned from reading mine in bed, by the way, too many snorts apparently.

Loganoc said...

Ah James, as you are in the West Country anyway, why don't you come up to Bristol for a signing? There's a massive Forbidden Planet right next to my house, it would be ideal. Come on! I've bought my book already.

Valerie said...

A bit far for me to come, but if the writers aren't signing it, what's the point? Got my book yesterday, thanks to amazon.co.uk, though. Enjoying the silly 'extras' and rereading it again. But this is a script taken from what was actually screened, rather than a shooting script, is it not?

We want authors' names on the sketches, darn it!

rachael said...

i will be there!

james henry said...

The script is really a transcription of what ended up on screen - the orginal scripts look pretty different, and in some cases are almost unreadable, which is why they're fetching so much for charity...

Some writers will be in attendence tomorrow, lurking shyly, and trying not to take any attention off the actors, poor things.

Anonymous said...

Even though I'm a fan of Julian Mangan and Stephen Rhind-Tutt, I don't think a round trip from Scotland is going to be worth it to buy a book I already own and make an arse of myself.

I'm a Tuttette, and I do quite like 'Tutties', but it sounds too much like an idiot shouting at boobs.

I would love to meet all the writers, its not all about Julian's hair. 90% of it is, mind you...but regardless I would quite like a James Henry scribble.

belladona said...

Yes, not that I despise the actors or anything but I'd rather get the writer's signatures on it to be honest. This is a moot point though as once again I can't go. I'm a terrible fan, I've never turned up for any of the signings. Arse. ARSE, I tell you. When it's being held at my spiritual home too. It's just wrong. But I only just read this and I suspect work would not be best pleased if I failed to turn up due to going to London for a nice day out. I already did that once this week (Technically I was on work business but there was a certain amount of swanning about laughing at ludicrously expensive shops).

Rach said...

I can just see a huge mob of Tutties tutting loudly and hysterically as they prepare to destroy Forbidden Planet and all who sail in her. Or something.

On another tack entirely, did you know that in Newcastle city centre there's still a massive (faded, and a slighly bilious green colour) Channel 4 billboard for series 1? They definitely got their money's worth there...

confused of sarf london said...

am sitting here in the des res in sarf london and wondering what to do. Stay in and type up church meeting minutes? Head down to Waitrose in Balham with the trolley scaring the joggers on the Common? Orrr....hop on a 159 bus and head up to Piccadilly Circus? Noo... we've run out of coffee and there's the school run to think about too. So have a good time everyone........

Lucy said...

I met you this afternoon. You have hair that could rival Julian's ;)

Anonymous said...

#....hail to the chief, to the chief we all do hail him...# (bet no one gets that film reference). James I've been assured that you are a god amongst men and quite the celeb. What next, Heat, Vogue, Angling Times? Perhaps you could team up with Julian and do the new L'Oreal adverts....you're so worth it ;)

chatterbox said...

Nice to meet you today James - makes a change to lurk around shops, rather than just lurking around blogs...

Do your fans get a nickname now? The Henriettas?

Anonymous said...

The Henriettas, that's brilliant.

Di - alias Tutt-sweet! said...

Nice to meet you today James. I thought that you writers didn't get the kudos you SO richly deserve today at Forbidden Planet. They really ought to have found you all a desk at least!

Loved your hair, but you've a long way to go to catch up with my 'Hairo' - JRT!!

Thanks for chatting to us all- it was much appreciated by everyone...see you at the next signing..whenever that may be?!

richard said...

STOP BEING NICE TO HIM.

I have seen this man punch a kitten.* Twice. And he laughed, and laughed, and laughed. He's not to be encouraged.


* oh alright, I haven't.** I'm just jealous of all the ego boosting stuff.


** but he probably wants to.

Anonymous said...

Hello!!

met you today - was great! i was the weirdo in the team secretan t-shirt with dark hair.

as promised, here's the link to our forum. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE visit and say hi! everyone would love to here from you!:

http://z8.invisionfree.com/Green_Wing/index.php?act=idx

i still think you should've gotten your own desk to sit at - you are, afterall, the pure GENIUS behind green wing.

was great to meet you

Anonymous said...

so i was just reading some reports by some people who went to the signing today when I found this, which I thought you might enjoy:

"er yeah, then me and charlotte ran up to the writers since they were all alone lol! i told james henry i loved his blog. that man is HOT!!!!!!!! he should be ON screen!!! "

Anonymous said...

hello *waves* i met you today aswell! i was the *other* weirdo in the team secretan shirt.(and i'm the charlotte mentioned above.)

Go to the forum! it's fantastic and we need more members!



-I shan't tell you who the girl is who said the quote above cos it'll only embarass her.-

Anonymous said...

oh god...

why oh why did they say i said that?!?!?! evil glare to whoever posted that!

*dies of embarrassment*

Anonymous said...

*cries*

I SO wanted to go but I had this little thing called school.

*prepares to shoot all those above* ¬_¬

I'd have loved to meet you!! Especially because someone (hint: Team Secretan) appears to think you be Hot with a capital H.

CupboardLady said...

OMG! I was the Topmeiler girl... the one with the recorder..(God, I'm just sounding more obsessive with each word!)
Anyway, it was great to meet you.. 3 times today! (Not bad!) You are a genius... and if you're looking for a young girl to be in anything.. you'll find me at the above forums (go on...!)

spence said...

Richard, we love you! you are still our FAV GW writer!!

Terri Nixon said...

Invasion of the Manganettes ... now you've done it, James!! *hehe*

Anonymous said...

Argh, why didn't I go to this? (Okay, because of school, living an hour and a half away from London and so on, but never mind.) I'm so jealous of all of you who went, it sounded great. But anyway, please do come on the GW forum that one of Team Secretan mentioned (I do know her from there, I'm not just being weird) - it's great, and everyone there would love it (especially the one who thinks you're "HOT!!!!!!!!", naming no names).

Tedward's Missing Ear said...

I suppose they'll send the tea-boy to Belfast. Ah well plus *ca change and all that.

* don't know how to do the wee wiggly thing, can't remember what it's called either.

Anonymous said...

You lot are EVIL!!!

*Glares at people who are trying to embarrass me*

I WILL find out who you are.

James - I like you purely for your incredible script writing skills.


Jeez... you can't post ANYTHING on the internet nowadays!

Imo said...

Feels she should apologise to JH for all the GW forum users who seem to be running amoke all over your blog, but I have no control over them!

Love from a down trodden moderator on the above mentioned GW forum.

ps: you should have had your own desk *tutts*

patroclus said...

Well I think 'Anonymous' displays uncannily good taste...

Aimee said...

Wow. People had topmilers AND recorders? Now THAT is dedication...I'd even say dedication bordering on obsession if I were ruder. IF I were.

It definitely sounds like the sort of forum you should join.

Anonymous said...

I'd watch it James. There will be hordes of Henriettas at the next signing all dressed as blue cats...probably.

Mangonel said...

Does no-one but me want to know what Jools's film reference was? or does everyone but me know, and I've just embarrassed myself?

Anonymous said...

Hahaha I am a member of aforementioned forum! Those girls are mad!But lovely!! Wish I cudda been there- sounds like they all had a great time!! We wud love to see you on the forum- even those of us who are less obsessed!! :)

And sorry to forum mum Imo on behalf of everyone for embaressing her!! lol

Anonymous said...

ok for somereason my last comment isn't on here so i'll post again - hello i was the girl in the lab coat - my beloved lab coat which has your squiggle on now yay :D i am also part of the forum above it rocks - and don't give up on trying to become a member it will get there eventually - we would love to see you post - it would make our day :D

anyway thanks for yesterday - i'm glad you understood the pigrescueing thing (my friend's nickname) that made me smile a lot - the cast are that bit slower at understanding things like that...

anyway you are awsome and it was great to meet you, err what was i gonna say?? i've forgotton now but yeah - you rule :D keep wrting great stuff and make sure there are many more signings to come :D

Valerie said...

Your picture is in the new Green Wing scripts book, but it doesn't show much of your hair, which seems to have driven some young people to the point of anonymous insanity, so I did a Google image search on "James Henry." It turned up some interesting things — like, for example, this: http://www.pennygaff.com.au/heritage/graphics/JamesHenryAshton.jpg — but no blue cat man. Pretty entertaining anyway, though.

Anonymous said...

I see Monsieur Chat de Bleu has been scared off by the hoardes of wandering Manganettes.

It's okay, James. We'll protect you!

*cue Super-people music*

Aimee said...

Surely Rick James' 80s musical anthem would be more appropriate?

Anonymous said...

Or as is becoming obvious from all the Manganettish posts...

The 'Hair Bear Bunch' theme.

mad muthas said...

how about virginia wolf? i'm quite afraid of her, actually.

Anonymous said...

James, try and comment! We want you to!

PigRescuer X

Anonymous said...

Comment on the GWFF, is what I meant. :D

We're all very nice. And not scary at all. (Except that girl up there who thinks you're hot. She's terrifying)

PigRescuer x

Anonymous said...

yeah and i would also steer clear of the mac/caroline guy/caroline shipper wars on the gwff...


they can get an eeeeeeensy weensy bit scary. also the bits where we obsess over things such as how julian rhind-tutt eats things. cos we wouldnt want you to think we were, you know, OVERLY obsessed.
or anyting.

xxxxmadelinenancy

Anonymous said...

madaline if you find that scare DON'T go onto the stephen mangan forum where everyone seems to have stevessexyfeetworshipingitus - it can be rather interesting.....


but yes the girl who thinks you are hot can freak many people out haha

and the manganettes will one day rule the world :D

Ros aka labcoat girl :D x

Anonymous said...

Mangonel - It was in fact the fantastic My fellow Americans, starring Jack Lemmon...Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, (or is everything shit? no?) or is there an impromptu abundance of teenage hormones about the place? You see, that's what happens when you go to signings and meet the people, James.

More fool you for having nice hair. You should be more like me, I don't have nice hair at all. And I hate children. And puppies.

"ooooh *tiddle-aye-hee-hee* LOL u r so hot LOL n I <3 ur hare. LOL."

Ahem.

Anonymous said...

i wud NEVER go on the stephen mangan one! cos that might tip me into carguyness and we CANT HAV THAT OH NO WE CANT.
xxxmadeline

Claire said...

So glad some writers were actually at the script book signing because it would have been odd to not have WRITERS at a BOOK signing. I'm really upset that I didn't/couldn't go. Next time I think I'll have to say sod train fares and prior engagements and just dash down to London. As a member (well, moderator now!) of the Green Wing Fan Forum, reading all about the excitement of Friday is making me nothing but envious. Mind you, seeing as I'm so interested in comedy and script-writing, you're probably glad I wasn't there as I may have started talking at you for a little too long, lol.

Anyway, you do, indeed, rule, Mr Henry. It sounds like everyone who met you on Friday loves you! :D

baggiebird said...

Hey I'm glad everyone had a fab time at the signing. I due to BLOODY WORK couldn't make so I have a non signed book...bugger. So it will be fingers crossed for the convention.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to sign my own book.

*gets a pen*

Anonymous said...

"they can get an eeeeeeensy weensy bit scary. also the bits where we obsess over things such as how julian rhind-tutt eats things. cos we wouldnt want you to think we were, you know, OVERLY obsessed."
Hehe - that's right, we're not overly obsessed. Or completely insane. Really. *whistles innocently* But anyway, please come and comment - we promise not to go completely crazy.
Verity/littlered (from the GWFF) xxx

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm just going to come out and ask it.

What's the average age of the GWFF members who have suddenly started frequenting here?

Anonymous said...

hehe. like 15. sorry. we'll go now :*

Anonymous said...

hey! the people of the GWFF are wonderfull people and i think the age range is like 13(youngest girl) to 30 but most people are between 16 and 21 i think???

err yeah sorry for bombading your comments but I am just so very happy after meeting JH at the signing he rocks :)

Ros x

helen said...

Wish I could have been there, sounds like people had a great time :) Hopefully there'll be another chance.
I'm 15 as well jen, but have been around here for quite a while and generally keep the fangirlyness quiet, apart from the *ahem* afore mentioned "stevessexyfeetworshipingitus" and that was slightly scary but hey hoo, I am normally a mature and well, slightly strange teenager

Anonymous said...

Heh... it's fine. I'm 18.* I always presumed you were older, Helen.

But I think the fangirlosity should be kept at a minimum. It's a bit overbearing for us old folk. We might explode.

*going on 45.