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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion to a perfect comedy. Much more than complete scripts, 18 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Father Ted: The Complete Scripts (Hardcover)
This book places the bar very high for other similar books, and none of the others I've read comes close to this one.

I couldn't give more than 3 stars to [The Complete "Fawlty Towers"], although it's my favorite sitcom.
[The Vicar of Dibley The Great Big Companion to Dibley] , although better visually designed and with some added gags, and others like [Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty] and [The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus: All the Words: 001] trail behind with their printed editions.

The only one that came close so far to be a great companion to a series was "Porridge": The Complete Scripts and Series Guide.

But let's return to the reviewed script book:

First of all - it's indeed complete, as claimed in the title.
All the scripts from the 3 series and Christmas Special, each preceded by 1 page 2 parts Linehan / Mathews foreword.

Secondly - these are really scripts and not transcriptions of the TV-shows. They differ at times from the final versions shown on screen, and many of the differences are discussed by the writers either in the episodes' foreword or with the help of footnotes.
Scenes that didn't make it to final broadcast also appear, marked with asterisks.

As an example: the final scene of the last ever episode was changed due to Dermot Morgan's saddening death just days after they ended shooting, and instead of having him join a would-be suicidal Kevin on a window shelf they appropriately changed it with a montage of Father Ted clips.

Furthermore, it's obvious that the texts were actually written by the writers, and not compiled by some third party.
This is noticeable in the expositions of scenes, that are very detailed and well written, and excellently convey the atmosphere.

Again an example:

The Crazy Golf Course scene (Father Stone S1 Ep2)
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I found myself in stitches when reading the exposition, maybe even more than when watching it on TV:

"We see a sign saying 'Craggy Island Crazy Golf - £1, members - 50p'. The sign is being lashed by wind and rain. There seems to be only one hole on the course. It is just a row of cement blocks with a windmill at the end of it. We hear thunder in the distance. Ted and Dougal are playing the hole. It is raining buckets. They look miserable."
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- Simply genius.

You can read my review of the [The Vicar of Dibley The Great Big Companion to Dibley] to see how this can be done in a sloppy manner, almost surely not by the writers.

The only downside of this book concerns the visual aspect. There are no color pictures to liven up the experience a bit, and the few B&W ones are not printed on glossy paper but on plain paper as the rest of the text, which results in grainy and smudgy images, however, It didn't affect my enjoyment from the book.

Overall highly recommended.
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