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50 Years of Coronation Street: The (Very) Unofficial Story
50 Years of Coronation Street: The (Very) Unofficial Story
by Sean Egan
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read - but too many mistakes, 6 April 2013
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I enjoyed this - a romp through the show's history with some good facts, interviews and a run down of all the old storylines which brought back some memories. But there are just too many little mistakes dotted through it.
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The Royle Family: Barbara's Old Ring [DVD]
The Royle Family: Barbara's Old Ring [DVD]
Dvd ~ Caroline Aherne
Price: £5.25

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This should be the end, 29 Dec 2012
I was really looking forward to a return of the Royles but this should never have made it to air - and I can't beleive the cheek of putting it on DVD. I read in a TV magazine that the writers had taken two years to perfect this - and according to a quote from Ricky Tomlinson the crew were laughing so much as they filmed it that they had to keep stopping. Come off it Mr T - that must have been nervous laughter.
The script - such as it was - seemed to have been culled from Christmas crackers (very cheap ones) and a blue joke book. I'm not sure there was actually a plot - Barbara lost her ring (cue lots of tasteless and lazy references to Jim's arse) and Jim bought her a new one for less than £80. That's it really. Add to that a fat woman who wanted to borrow things, Joe next door advertising in the lonely hearts, a few references to the regular actors who obviously declined to be in it (Cheryl, Antony etc)and 30 minutes of one character saying a sentence and everyone else repeating it. Surely can't have taken more than a day to write and a day to record. No one laughed in my house and we're fans.
Time to say goodbye to the Royles and remember them as they used to be.

Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands (Christmas Special 2012) [Blu-ray]
Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands (Christmas Special 2012) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Hugh Bonneville
Price: £7.00

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Take them back to the Abbey, 29 Dec 2012
Downton Abbey is about the location - the house and its inhabitants. It never works when you alter that balance - just look at any soap episode when they all go to Blackpool or Spain, out of context the characters just don't work.
Taking the 'upstairs lot' off to Scotland allowed some nice scenery but we are asked to care about characters we've barely/never met before and this episode missed the interaction between the upstairs and the downstairs.
Although I like Downton Abbey I certainly don't think it's great TV, I often find it lazy and contrived with silly subplots designed to fill one episode - and this one is no different. Cue the daft story about Mrs Pattmore and the grocer who spend about 3 hours together before concluding the relationship with a half-baked will they/won't they marriage proposal. Please! There was also much made about Carson keeping the servants working like slaves yet he failed to notice the new maid going down the pub 'on her lunch break (!)' having changed out of her uniform.
Apart from the ending (I'll not give it away in case readers don't know) this was a complete waste of time. My advice is to google the ending and save your money.

Last Tango in Halifax - Series 1 [DVD]
Last Tango in Halifax - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Reid
Price: £6.90

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy comedy drama, 19 Dec 2012
Watched the whole series - superb. A classy cast, punchy script, stunning northern locations, tears and laughter. I cannot rate this series more highly in a world of mainly TV dross now this really stands out.

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