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This review is from: "Rising Damp": The Complete Scripts (Hardcover)
Rising Damp was ITV's most successful sitcom - ever. Apart from the brilliant performances given by its stars, in particular Leonard Rossiter, the main reason for its success was the hilarious, wonderfully-written scripts. This book was a long time in coming, but it was definitely worth the wait. In more than 500 double-columned pages, Eric Chappell's brilliance as writer shines through. Unlike so many sitcoms of the 1970s, Rising Damp very rarely dates - the setting, situations, problems and humour remain as fresh and valid today as they were then. Eric Chappell has written the introduction, and also provides an in-depth description of the writing process for each series of scripts, and his personal tributes to the four main actors. The scripts presented here are those originally submitted, complete and unedited - consequently there are many changes from what's on the page to what we remember seeing on the screen (many due to the technical genius of Leonard Rossiter). There are also many scenes which were filmed, but had to be edited out due to time constraints, the dialogue for which have never been seen before. It is incredible to think that there were additional material originally slotted in to the scenes of each episode (which have become so familiar to us from the shows' constant repeats over the years), yet which never saw the light of day - until now. When comedy can be read as hilariously as it can be viewed on screen, it is brilliant writing. Eric Chappell is a brilliant writer, one of Britain's best. Any fan of comedy, or of the writing of good comedy, should own this book.