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on 3 October 1999
I read this book while commuting to work on the tube and, on numerous occasions, I found myself laughinglike a mad person. There are so many funny anecdotes and bizarre events that take place at the struggling station, that you wonder just how they produced any TV programmes at all. It begins by offering a valuable insight into the rise of Yoof (youth) TV in the late eighties. Hands up if you can remember the ground-breaking TV show Network 7 or DEF II ? It then moves on to the launch of Live! TV - the BBC it isn't! The cable station's shoe-string budget meant that shows had to be made on the cheap. Mistakes were frequent and often made on the air. It then details the publicity stunts that were employed to boost the ratings. Who could forget News Bunny! A journalist, dressed up in a rabbit costume, would stand in the background as the news was read out. The Bunny would put his thumbs up when it was happy news, cry when there had been a major disaster, and yawn every time that Bosnia was mentioned!!!! Overall, this book will appeal in a big way to journalists, many of whom will be able to relate to the long hours and the stresses and strains of the job. Students of media should also read it. It gives an interesting view of the future of multi-channel TV. The amusing way it's written makes it also accessible to everyone. It's far less dry than Stick It Up Your Punter, which was also written by Chris Horne. My only complaint is that neither Kelvin MaCkenzie or Janet Street-Porter were actually interviewed by the author. Neither is there any quotes from other Live! TV sources. That said, it's still a great read
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on 4 September 1999
I read this book whilst on my summer holidays and it had me in stitches. Some of the sections decribing the charcters and what they get up to in the bitchy world of journalism are so funny you will want to read them out aloud to your friends. And it's all true! I would suggest to anyone to buy this book - it's one to have on your shelf and go back to as well.
George Jones London September 1999
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on 19 February 2000
Anyone with even the slightest interest in TV will find this behind-the-scenes look at the life (although not the later death) of Live TV a fascinating read. The full low down on the massive technical hurdles and publicity scams is included. If you've read books like "Dished! The Rise and fall of BSB" and "Sky High", this will not disappoint.
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on 21 December 2000
The tale of one little cable channel, it's two big name bosses and it's desperate drive to get viewers, money and something worth watching to put on air. It's a marvellous read that you just won't want to put down.
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on 9 December 2014
The Titanic of new age telly. With Janet Street-Porter playing Captain Smith to Kelvin's Mr Murdoch.

Admirable contribution from Nick Ferrari as Joseph Boxhall.......;-)

Superbly written
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on 21 July 2013
Very funny and certainly an eye opener to what goes on behind the scenes in the world of TV. Would certainly recommend if you want a warts and all look at TV in the eighties. Bargain
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on 11 September 1999
I just could not put this book down once I had picked it up. It is humourous and lets you know about things in television that you think just wouldn't go on.
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on 1 June 2000
I enjoyed Stick It Up Your Punter, the book Horrie contributed to on The Sun newspaper and hoped this would be more of the same. It isn't. Instead I found the overall tone a little pompous and 'gonzo' based for comfort. The jokes are predictable and overall there is a bitter aftertaste to the read.
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