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AS GOOD AS IT GETS
on 23 November 2011
Rejoice, telly addicts! This fourth edition proves well worth the five year wait. 1060 pages. 2300 programmes listed, complete with cast lists. Over 1500 potted biographies of those who have helped make television what it is, both on screen and off. Awesomely up to date too - although published in November, an October death is included. Stars are awarded, four indicating excellence. (Curiously none for "Merlin". Surely an oversight?)
Many may aim simply to check a detail, only within moments to become immersed - hours to be spent engrossed in pithy plot summaries and fascinating anecdotes. Some may gasp at the ages of stalwarts still going strong. Late seventies? Eighties? Surely not! (A bit humbling for viewers, rather younger, who creak when reaching for the remote.)
A veritable treasure chest of entertaining information. In a modest introduction Jeff Evans underplays the immense effort involved in such an undertaking, Disarmingly he concedes errors must exist and begs those who spot them to let him know so corrections can be made.
Recommended without reservation, this a work to applaud.