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Inside The Magic Rectangle [Hardcover]

Victor Lewis-Smith
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This work presents a collection of Victor Lewis-Smith's TV reviews from the "Evening Standard", which provide a humorous appraisal of the best and worst programmes.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st.Ed.1995 edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575061197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575061194
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro heaven 7 Aug 2011
By Michael
For anyone who ever read VL-S's column in the Evening Standard on the train home from work this is nostalgia of the best kind. I frequently embarrassed myself on the commute home laughing out loud at his reviews...and reading this collection made me laugh out loud often again.

It is also interesting to think about some of his comments about the dumbing down of telly given he wrote this stuff about 15 years ago...I wonder what he must think now. Hopefully enough to write a volume 2 someday!!
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By A.Sud
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Read it and Weep (with Laughter)!

Worth ever penny and only wish he were still reviewing the S*** on terrestrial TV nowadays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest thing I have ever read. 15 April 2003
By A Customer
I picked this up a few years ago and found myself choking in the bookshop I was laughing so much. On the train on the way home I had to put it in my bag because I was making a show of myself but I still couldn't stop laughing.
The best comedy is always cruel and they don't come much crueller than Mr Lewis-Smith. His caustic yet accurate television reviews are an absolute joy to read. I only hope he is busy stockpiling a fresh batch of reviews to create a follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rectangle With A Capital 'W' 26 April 2006
Clive James, Pauline Kael and John Brosnan put their old reviews into books, and Victor Lewis-Smith has done the same. Quite rightly so. From his laser-like dissection of the disastrous soap 'Eldorado' ( was there really a fan club for it? ) to his superbly savage and entirely justified massacre of 'Noel's House Party', as well as such telly trash as 'Emmerdale', 'Wish You Were Here', 'That's Life!', 'Lucky Numbers' and the god-awful 'Vanessa', this had me cheering inbetween loud guffaws.

At long last someone's had the courage to defy the long-held ( and in my view wrong ) theory that, when it comes to television, the public are always right. One would hope the bosses who put this muck on our screens read this and hang their heads in shame ( or better yet, hang themselves ), but I suppose its unlikely. The replies from irate telly people completely miss the point, declaring that if millions are prepared to endure crap its no longer crap. As long as these berks are in charge, we will continue to suffer. Please bring out a follow-up, Victor. I'm dying to know what you think of the current, ridiculous trend for 'reality T.V.'.
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