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The glory days of sitcom,
This review is from: The Masters of Sitcom: From Hancock to Steptoe (Hardcover)
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Ray Galton and Alan Simpson were well-known to me as comedy writers. They had not only helped create the brilliance of Tony Hancock, but also survived his self-destruction. And then went on to spawn a whole new sitcom genre, with actors, exploring the tragi-comedy of life. But I had no idea where their ideas came from and how they had developed.
This book gives a real insight into the sequence of events. From their very early days, with a new vision of comedy having a social conscience, making relevant social comment, not just playing for laughs, they developed the art of juxtaposing laughter with tears. The story is clearly chronicled here, with facts and scripts side by side, illustrating beautifully their development as writers.
The story of the development of sitcom is fascinating in itself. The actual scripts, some published nowhere else, are amazing. Yes, there are only a few photos, but those are well-chosen. It is not a celebrity line-up of sitcom, it is the honest story of how two men changed the face of sitcom forever, and has its illustration in the scripts. A brilliant book. For anyone interested in the glory days of sitcom, this is an absolute must.