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The Wire Re-up: The Guardian guide to the greatest TV show ever made [Paperback]

Steve Busfield , Paul Owen
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3 Dec 2009

'How good is The Wire? Put it this way: The Wire's so good, I've lost count of the number of people who've approached or emailed me just to thank ME for convincing THEM to watch it. The Wire's so good, I'm jealous of anyone who hasn't seen it yet, because they get to discover it anew. The Wire's so good, it's come to an end. Because that's what good things do, the bastards.' - Charlie Brooker writing in the Guardian

Multi-layered, morally-challenging, action-packed - The Wire is an epic novel in the form of a TV programme. Nothing like it has been made before and - to its millions of fans - nothing as good will ever be made again. A cult hit in the US and the UK, it is a show that prompts endless debate. Is Omar Little the coolest criminal since Robin Hood? Which series has the best theme tune? Will Bubbles survive Baltimore? Avon or Stringer? How does McNulty have so much success with women?

With the show now over, these and hundreds of other questions are debated in this brilliant collection of features and comments from the Guardian's Wire Re-up blog. Together with interviews with the show's creators and stars, 'running totals' per episode and a quiz created by the stars themselves, this book will guarantee you that one last fix you've been craving.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (3 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852652216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652213
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best TV show since the invention of radio (Charlie Brooker)

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Series by series, episode by episode, Guardian writers and readers discuss, analyse and appreciate The Wire

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Mr E
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I did enjoy this book but it's fairly lightweight and falls somewhere in between analysis and episode guide, not really succeeding at either.

Aside from a handful of interviews and top 5 lists the book consists of a brief blog post of each episode of the Wire. For the first couple of series these are followed by selected blog comments. The problem is that given the origin of text... blog posts by a lot of different people there is a lack of cohesion and tone from episode to episode. Limited space means that the level of analysis is fairly limited as well. As an episode guide it fails for similar reasons, there's no consistancy and while some entries discuss the episode in question, some will only focus on a specific character or theme.

For a Wire fan it's still a good read though. Anything that helps you relive "The Greatest TV Show Ever Made" can't be that bad!

A final word of warning... the entire thing is very spoiler heavy. Don't read it until you've finished the whole show as the entries for early epsiodes will often include details of events later in the show.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Wire Re-up... save your money 23 Feb 2010
As a huge fan of The Wire I was genuinely interested to see if The Wire Re-up would offer anything beyond the excellent HBO book which accompanies the series written by Rafael Alvarez. It doesn't.

Made up largely of blog type entries which you can read for free (if you're desperate) on any number of nauseatingly brown nosing web sites, this book seems to focus entirely on people congratulating themselves for getting The Wire.

Ignoring the central themes of each series; the futility of the war on drugs, the death of work, the failings of City Hall etc, the contributors to this book don't get much beyond "Wow... isn't Marlo mean?!" and "If I get what Felicia Pearson is saying, does that mean I'm street?"

Please don't buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for huge the wire fans 24 Dec 2012
By Chris
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Great interviews and analysis by many. 90 per cent or so pro the wire analysis. Little criticism although is it possible to be critical of the greatest tv show ever?
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Wire? You'll love this book. 27 Nov 2009
If you're a fan of the hit TV Series The Wire then this book is a must, I bought it a few days ago and read it in almost one sitting, really brings back the memories of one of my favourite TV Series ever. The two writers seem like big fans themselves and this really adds to the narative. The bonus of interviews with Cast and Crew makes this a 6 Star Rating!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for The Wire fans! 9 Feb 2010
By heath
If you don't know what all the fuss is over this show, then this book could well spark your interest - it is also for already-addicted-hooked-on-wire fans as it explores and illuminates details - as well as interviews with the writers and actors, there are comments from viewers as each series unfolded.
It's a fascinating read, with helpful references - well done to all the contributors!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love the Wire, get this book 15 May 2011
By Steven
I got into the Wire very late, watching all the Series in DVD box set form. As such I missed out on the chance to talk to people about what we were watching as it was happening. This book basically brings that experience to life in what is, in places, a book copied and pasted from the Guardian website.

The people who comment in the book are knowledgeable to a far greater degree and clarified for me a number of details that I didn't know I didn't know!

Basically if you want to fill the hole that you feel when you finish the Wire - this book will keep it alive for a little be longer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's addictive! 7 Sep 2010
This book is great for any Wire fan, it gives yo that extra detailed fix of the social realism that is The Wire. The section sby the writers on the background to The Wire are really interesting. I would only read this after you've watched all 5 series of the programme as the risk of plot spoiling is high.
Not really a book fo rthe casual Wire viewer (if such a thing exists) and a must for the army of committed Wire fans everywhere.
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