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Still Game - Live in Glasgow [DVD]
Still Game - Live in Glasgow [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ford Kiernan
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Still Got It, 18 Jun. 2015
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It's clear that Ford and Greg put a lot of thought into this show. They could easily have just done an extended Still Game episode on stage, which would have been welcome but nowhere near as satisfying as this. Self-referential, clever, different and above all very funny. It helps to be a fan to get all the jokes (who else would be watching it?), but there's plenty here for everyone. The cast are all on top form, highly recommended.


About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2
About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, 2005-2006; Series 1 & 2
by Tat Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Snide, 18 Jun. 2015
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As mentioned elsewhere, this is nowhere near as entertaining as the earlier volumes. The tone often becomes annoyingly snide, reminding one of the worst excesses of Who internet forums.

The know-all attitude of Tat Wood becomes very irritating very quickly. He either possesses the most brilliant mind on earth, or he's got an internet connection. Whichever it is, what a shame that he can't tell a cor anglais from an oboe...


The Plotters (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
The Plotters (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
by Gareth Roberts
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate historical, 18 Feb. 2015
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Very tense, very funny, very authentic, very good.


Lords of the Storm (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
Lords of the Storm (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
by David A. McIntee
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it, it gets better., 18 Feb. 2015
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In his introduction, David a McIntee says that he's pleased to be writing a space opera as opposed to a historical. Fair enough, the only problem being that space operas can be very dull. Having to set up a completely new environment (and I appreciate that the past can be as alien as outer space) often results in reams of exposition getting in the way of the story.
Such is the case here - the first hundred and fifty pages are a real chore to get through. However, once the Sontarans come into their own it picks up considerably. The Sontarans are pretty funny - people who moan about Strax in the current series need to remember that this species has always been comedic - and their plan is in keeping with their television outings. The Doctor and Turlough are well portrayed and the supporting characters, whilst unmemorable serve their various purposes.
There are much better Who books around, there are also worse.


A.J.Wentworth, B.A.
A.J.Wentworth, B.A.
by Humphry Francis Ellis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books ever written., 13 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: A.J.Wentworth, B.A. (Paperback)
I've read this book several times. It is a constant source of hilarity and easily one of the funniest books ever written. Nothing else to say. A genuine classic.


Smile For The Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith
Smile For The Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith
by Simon Danczuk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, 13 Feb. 2015
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Very good indeed. When he was alive I (and I'd imagine a lot of us) didn't know much about Smith aside from his TV "Nice One Cyril" persona. What this book does is expose the awfulness of the man (the asbestos cover-up in itself identifies Smith as a Grade A prick) and the complicity of fellow politicians, the media and the police. I don't consider myself easily shocked, but exclaimed "for f*ck's sake" on several occasions.
(apologies for the censored swearing)


In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile
In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile
by Dan Davies
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, 13 Feb. 2015
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An utterly engrossing read. There can be no denying that Savile is a fascinating character, and Dan Davies has written an appropriately remarkable book. Very long, but every page is excellent. Highly recommended.


We Still Kill The Old Way [DVD]
We Still Kill The Old Way [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Ogilvy
Price: £6.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burnside from The Bill's in it., 26 Jan. 2015
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A cast of top British character actors (including Burnside from The Bill) elevate this beyond the usual gangster formula. The acting's good all round, Ian Olgilvy is an inspired choice as the lead, and he's ably backed up by his gang, including Burnside from The Bill.
The one odd note is the casting of Alison Doody as the DI, for some reason she seems to have an American accent in certain scenes.
Basically, the film involves some fine old British actors (including Burnside from The Bill) exacting extreme retribution on a gang of, for want of a better word, scum.
And Burnside from the Bill's in it.


Fifty Years in Time and Space: a Short History of Doctor Who
Fifty Years in Time and Space: a Short History of Doctor Who
by Frank Danes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very inaccurate, 28 Mar. 2014
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As other reviewers have mentioned, this is quite a subjective overview of Doctor Who - no problem with that if it's presented as a series of reviews. Unfortunately, this is meant to be a reference book. Far worse, however, are the blatant errors Danes makes. Even if he wasn't sure of the details, other reference books abound, and let's be honest a quick check on the internet would have saved his face.

For example, he lambasts the "cliffhanger" scene from Dragonfire, but claims this happens at the end of part two, and is resolved in part three. Er, no it doesn't. He complains about the guards quoting from "The Unfolding Text", but rather diminishes his argument by claiming this happened in The Happiness Patrol. Which it doesn't. He states that Maxil shoots the Doctor "in the back" in Arc of Infinity. No he doesn't. And so on.

It is these inaccuracies, combined with the lack of objectivity that spoil this book. We have to ask who it is aimed at. If it's for relative newcomers, then make sure you get your facts right. If it's for old hands, then know your audience. We're used to spotting mistakes from a very long distance.

Overall, this is a blatant attempt to cash in on the 50th Anniversary, and should be avoided. If Danes can't be bothered to write his book properly, I'd advise you not to buy it.
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