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TV Go Home
TV Go Home
by Charlie Brooker
Edition: Paperback

7 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost tedious.... until..., 25 Oct 2002
This review is from: TV Go Home (Paperback)
Supposedly based on a website and now (irony of ironies) with its own cable TV slot, TV Go Home is a reasonably funny parody with one major weakness. Read the book again and you'll see it: the same foul-mouthed gags being retold over and over. Even worse, most of it is simly regurgitated from the website/TV programme, so the gags were never fresh in the first place.
But there is a plus side. It's worth the cover price just for six pages: the truly inspired 'Daily Mail Islander'. Anyone who puts the boot into that fascist rag and its readers gets my vote every time - the parodic letters page is an absolute gem! I could quibble and say that too was plagarised from an earlier source - in this case Peter Cook's celebrated missives to the real Daily Telegraph (example: "Sir, as a consenting adult...") but I've enjoyed it too much to complain. Whether a second volume of the mock TV listings is desirable or not I don't know: but the sooner 'Daily Mail Island' goes out live, on primetime, across all channels, the better. Charlie, it's over to you.

Who Dares Wins [VHS] [1982]
Who Dares Wins [VHS] [1982]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £4.69

9 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This has been a party-political broadcast for Mrs Thatcher, 20 Sep 2002
Gung-ho, factually inaccurate, an insult to the intelligence and unintentionally funny. Yes, this is the same film you've just been reading about. 'Who Dares Wins' is little more than a too-long commercial for the SAS; and like all commercials it glosses over the product's many many flaws.
The plot - or what passes for one - features a bunch of left-wing ban-the-bomb types who take the American ambassador and his friends hostage. Unless, say the loonies, Holy Loch submarine base is nuked they'll kill the lot of them. But don't fret gentle reader, for our masked friends from Hereford are on their way to slaughter every living thing in the building.
To suggest that this film in any way reflects reality is simply absurd. The characters are mere caricatures, the demonisation of CND as commie-loving terrorists must have been scripted by MI5 and the story itself is so ponderous,with the denoument so bleeding obvious, that you'll be wiping the sleep from your eyes long before the final credits and the attendant "message".
On the other hand, it does have Fairport Convention in it, so it's not entirely bad. But it's a close run thing.
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The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum (Vintage Classics)
The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum (Vintage Classics)
by Heinrich Boll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction or reportage? You decide., 21 Jun 2002
Katharina Blum is a quiet, reserved divorcee who lives alone. She values her privacy. One night she goes to a party and falls in love. Nothing wrong with that you might think - but Katharina is in Cologne in 1974, and is about to understand fully what that Kafka bloke was on about.
Henrich Boll's novella is an icy, brilliant satire without any humour whatsoever. Every single word - even in translation - is sharp as a scalpel; every page will chill you to the bone. Boll simply reports what actually went on in 1970s Germany: the midnight arrests, the McCarthyite persecution of "terrorists" and their "sympathisers", the callous bureaucracy that continues for its own sake and - finally - the truly satanic alliance between the police and the tabloid Press who, even more than their British cousins - care nothing about the truth.
What's even scarier than the story, however, is the fact that this isn't one. There were thousands of Katharinas in 1970s Germany; many thousands of innocent people destroyed by lies and innuendo. You will never forget this book and you'll never ever cease asking yourself the following question: How on earth could this happen in a country that is, ostensibly, a democracy?
And with the way things are going, Americans may find themselves asking that question before very long.
Tony Mullen,

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