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Last of the Summer Wine - From the Director's Chair [Kindle Edition]

Alan Bell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The genuine and only INSIDE STORY of Last of the Summer Wine! Roy Clarke's

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"Alan produced and directed Last of the Summer Wine for 29 years, and his account of that time is a MUST READ for all Summer Wine Lovers. Alan's knowledgeable direction and ability to discover so many beautiful locations in Yorkshire created a great atmosphere in which to work." --June Whitfield

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11026 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tomahawk Press; 1 edition (5 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all fans 12 Nov. 2012
Written by the man who directed and produced the show for 29 of its 37 years it is very much an inside story.

There have been other books looking at the story of the world's longest running comedy series - but even though good and well researched these were written by people more remote from the actual events so I feel this has an authoritative stamp on it.

Many amusing incidents and some mishaps along the way show how difficult and potentially dangerous the world of filming could be.

It also portrays some of the politicking that went on in the BBC management which surrounded the shows eventual demise despite being a popular and much loved series and capable of life with developments in the cast. Interestingly it also shows various attempts to portray the series as past it's sell by date at several times.

Personal recollection, some amusing incidents, some sadder ones when stars were ill or frail, and one person's view of the way the BBC is managed.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight of the last of the summer wine 24 Jan. 2013
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This book gives the viewer an insight from the directors point of view what happened when HE Alan Bell started filming on last of the summer wine and not at the beginning which it started in 1972. The story is very moving and tells you mostly what the actors felt and how the director handled situations with the actors. If you are a last of the summer wine fan then this book is a must because it shows what the series doesn't, what happened off screen which got me wanting more and more but there was one actor which was missed out which I am not naming which was a disappointing. The Bill Owen section of the book got me in tears. Buy the book it is worth buying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed this book very much and, having read everything possible about LOTSW, this book contained data that I had not encountered elsewhere. My only criticism would be that Mr. Bell seemed overly eager to promote newer characters such as Russ Abbott's Hobbo that, in my opinion were the ruination of the program.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insights 29 May 2013
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This book is an essential read, going behind the scenes of LotSW over nearly 30 years, telling the highs and lows of a long running series loved by its fans yet maligned by unimaginative critics and apathetic bosses.
It holds no punches, and is a perfect companion to the Andrew Vine book released the other year, with lots more detail about its unceremonious axing.
The only real downside to the book is it could have done with another proof reading, as there are plenty of basic errors. Many open brackets never close, sometimes a title followed by a year (for example Jaws (1988)) is given twice in the same paragraph, and sometimes two nigh on identical sentences follow each other, plus episodes are sometimes given the wrong year.
On the whole, a recommended read for anyone interested in TV directing, especially comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to hear from the 'other side of the camera' 20 Nov. 2013
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I brought this as I am something of a Summer Wine fan I suppose but having brought assorted books on this programme over the years from basically just writers but not performers or anybody actually involved as such in the making of the show, it was one of those 'can't put it down' type of books that has not quite gripped me this way for years. Alan J Bell the director/Producer tells it warts and all from the back stabbing of the BBC in cancelling it to the assorted stories, comic moments and foibles of the performers involved and its quite an eye opener. I feel sorry in some respects for Alan in the way he was treated when or rather how he was told the series was ending full stop, and as I was reading it assorted stories in the media about the abuse of power and the telephone number pay-off's to staff (non talented but just number jugglers in essence) in the 'executive roles', it gave a whole new understanding as to why the BBC is what it is today. Full marks to Alan for a very readable and entertaining book plus a word for Tomahawk books for once again publishing it as this is another book from their stable that is very readable - their book on Will Hay by Graham Rinaldi is also enlightening and a very heavy book to boot and does not disappoint! - and long may they continue. Grateful thanks to Alan for giving us so many enjoyable moments that are now part of television history, regardless of what the present cardboard cut-outs at the BBC might think. Full marks to both Alan and Tomahawk. 10/10 :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 26 Dec. 2012
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The inside story of BBC Tvs most famous comedy series warts and all. For all Summer wine enthusiasts and followers.
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After reading it I thought it seemed to be too much of a vehicle for Alan's grumbling's about the various things he had to put up with over the years. There wasn't much about the actors, the crew or the locations used. I wanted an insider's view of the making of the series and I felt I didn't get that. I have read Andrew Vine's book and there is a bit more about how they chose the town and surrounding area for the series than in Alan's book. I felt there should have been a bit more emphasis on the main actors that stared in the show and passed away during production. John Comer, Joe Gladwin etc. I feel disappointed with this book as it didn't really give me a 'Part of The Crew' feeling that I was hoping for. I hope one of the former crew writes a book and tells us what it was like to work for what I think is the greatest comedy show in the world.

I did have one laugh where Alan describes going out to film a scene for one of the early series where they find a car parked next to a tree and the driver and his female companion see the cameras on the car and flee the scene. The first thought that came into my mind was Howard and Marina!!.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good for losw fans. recommend.
Published 4 months ago by F. Boakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great read
Published 8 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
Insightful book about an institution of TV. A good read.
Published 10 months ago by GEOFF SQUIRES
2.0 out of 5 stars Modesty is not exactly Bell's middle name.
I'm sorry to be the only one who [seemingly] thinks poorly of this book !

But I can't help feeling annoyed by Alan JW Bell's attitude toward himself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R., Christine
Published 14 months ago by briansaxjones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent look at the history and behind-the-scenes of Last of the Summer Wine. Both funny and sad. All fans will love this book.
Published 15 months ago by atrickofthetailtoo
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
An excellent book which is both entertaining and informative and shines a torch into an institution that we all know has come off the rails ,and unfortunately will allow those who... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Croftergray
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Last of the Summer Wine fans
Excellent read. Good insight into the making of this iconic series, and the actors who starred in this enduring series.
Published 15 months ago by Trevor Green
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
Purchased for my husband, he found it very interesting. A good book for fans of the series.lots of insider details
Published 17 months ago by Connie Jones-Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I loved the programme and was delighted to read this. I was sorry when the programme ended and this book is a gem; easy to read and very interesting to fans of the show.
Published 17 months ago by Dorothy
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