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The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2010
You know those 'comedy tie-in' books your parents bought you for Christmas when you were 14? Monty Python Contractual Obligation book, the Goodies annual etc? This is one of those. A nice Christmas bonus for Iannucci (OBE!) and his co-writers, but is it any good for the reader?

Not really. Take the story, the drama and the actors out of 'The Thick Of It' (one of the very best UK comedies) and what is left is not that funny. Basically, this is a book that looks like it has been written by a committee of Comedy Annual Factory Workers using bits of script out-takes and stuff pulled out of the 'Lame Ideas?' box. Example: there is a 3 page dossier called 'Peter Mannion - Attack Points', then a list of illustrated ideas in 'Comedy Annual Format' including 'has floppy hair', 'takes viagra', 'looks like a mass murderer.' Ha Ha! The Mannion character was funny, charming, cynical and, in some ways, quite a decent old cove in the series, but now he has been transported to Comedy Annual Land.

I am not saying you won't find a chuckle or two in here. I quite like the description of Adam Boulton as a 'male Sandi Toksvig with a glandular complaint', but even that is pretty mild stuff. Adam alone, a bigoted, evil toad, deserves a far more savage and considered attack, doesn't he? His bloated, blotchy appearance is not the worst thing about him.

In short, this is a hugely disappointing book that will be gracing charity shops in bulk shortly after Christmas, I suspect. By that time, though, Iannucci and his cohorts will have taken our money as unashamedly as the Coalition government.

(Incidentally, potential buyers looking at reviews on this book should look out for blatant 'publisher's reviews,' written by newly created Amazon accounts. You'll spot them by the way they are written - the kind of publisher's hype you only get in blurbs: 'achingly funny' 'a huge credit to the writers', it made me laugh out loud' etc.)

'Ever had the feeling you've been cheated?' (J.Rotten).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
Armando Iannucci and his team are just pure and brilliant geniuses.

Amazing read and brilliant entertainment, along with being a very good tie-in companion to the television series.

Spotted a printing mistake once or twice, but nothing major. :)

Fabulous book; would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2013
Although I bought the iPhone App for about $6, I though I'd get the book too, which doesn't have anything particularly new, but it's great to have a solid copy, with better graphics. It is extremeley funny if TTOI-style comedy is to your taste, though it would help to have seen the first three series to fully understand everything.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2010
I dont work for a publisher, but I am a fan of the series. To be honest, if you werent a fan of the series then I'm not sure you would really "get" this anyway. Book is hilarious and exactly what I hoped for - a continuation of one of the funniest comedies I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Very, very funny. Enjoy...
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on 5 June 2015
I absolutely loved this book. I just left it on the kitchen table and read it in fits and starts, which I think is the best way. Perfect companion to the TV series, should not be expected to be anything but. It's an extra, it's not an explanation, so if you're thinking of purchasing this because you missed the series, don't! At least, do, but then also buy the box set and don't read the book until you have! The voices leap off the page at you, and you get a lot more insight into the characters - if possible it's even swearier than the series, but that really doesn't register after a while. I have knocked off a star simply because they labelled a photo of Glenn Cullen as Glenn Coverley, and so I can't, in all conscience, give it the perfect 5 I'd like to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2013
Love the TV show and this book fits with it perfectly.
Well made book and very entertaining if you like the TV show.
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on 4 July 2013
A great companion piece to the dvds. Armando Iannucci is a genius, and whomever chose to construct the narrative deserves a medal. A great layout - almost like putting together pieces of the puzzle. Nice insights into the characters we have come to know from the dvds.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
very well written. obviously not a complete substitute for the TV series but a fine aid to the dark chasm of a void left behind without it. well written. good 'new book smell'. definitely feels like a book with some shiny bits as well as a front AND a back cover. but all in all, very readable and very funny. As everyone else says "not an annual" I will spare you from saying that it is "not an annual", even though I'm not sure what an "annual" is, just that this is "not an annual". So that concludes this DISGRACE of a review. Blown my chances of a job as critic but never you mind. All you need to know is. If you like the Thick of It, you'll enjoy the book. makes a good present. smells good.

peace-out possible purchasers.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2010
As a big fan of the series and the associated film, I was pleased to receive this as a Christmas gift but after reading it I'm left disappointed. Sure there are some hits - Tucker's "I'm coming over to repeatedly punch the press release" - but for the vast majority of the writing falls flat and is far below the standard set by the series. As with it's television counterpart, its at its best when it focuses on Malcolm but it fails to capture any of the other characters, either with accuracy or humour. The jokes are, at best, mediocre and during the first read I found myself skipping several sections because the premise was dull and the writing lazy and unimaginative. Perhaps equally as annoying, and a criticism that won't dissaude those who think this is a rushed Christmas cash-in, there are several noticable mistakes/typos, including a name badge which gives Glenn Cullen's surname as Coverley.

I can't help but contrast this book with another of my Christmas gifts, Rafael Alverez's guide to the The Wire (my favourite show). On the one hand you have a rewarding and well thought out accompanyment to a superb television show, on the other you have a lazily written cash-in produced by considerably talented writers who clearly weren't that bothered.
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on 27 December 2014
If you love the series then this will continue to amuse. You can hear all the voices of the characters and it just made me want to Malcom Tucker back from the mush of Doctor Who.
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