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All in the Best Possible Taste: Growing Up Watching Telly in the Eighties by [Bromley, Tom]
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'Bromley's box of recollections, peppered with amusing detail, reads like the real thing...his unashamed love for television makes his book an engaging primer for 1980s TV, from Dallas to Danger Mouse, which will have you stacking up a whole new YouTube play list' Metro 18/8 'Good fun...Bromley makes an entertaining guide' Book of the week, Daily Mail 6/8 'An enjoyable slice of nostalgia' Choice, September Issue 'Warm and often hilarious memoir' Press association, 10/9

About the Author

Tom Bromley is the author of We Could Have Been the Wombles, two music-related novels, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Half a World Away, and co-author of Rock and Pop Elevens. He lives in Salisbury.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (30 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69X66
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm only halfway through but loving it so far... Very witty ( e.g. "Buck Rogers found himself in 2449 but fortunately for him, it was during a late 20th Century fashion revival" - LOL). Great nostalgia but I suspect the author paints himself as far more exasperating than he was in reality :-)

Now, I'm three quarters through it (yes, I don't get to read it often!) and it's still brilliant.... The author surely did a lot of research as if he remembers some of that detail in his head, he REALLY needs to get out more :-) It's hysterical, witty and nostalgic in equal measures. I feel like we might have been friends in the 80s !
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I'm sure you remember, a few years ago, there was a spate of nostalgia programmes, most of them I think on Channel 4, with names like `I love the 70s', `The Hundred Best TV moments of the 80s', `I love that bit 15 minutes ago they haven't given a name to yet', and `Your All Time Greatest Test Cards'. The trend for nostalgia about things that we didn't think much of the first time seems to be slightly in abeyance now. But never fear! Because, through the technological breakthrough known as `Pay-per-view'... sorry, I mean `Paper-view', you can relive all your favourite 80s TV moments, like, you known, when that thing happened on Neighbours, and JR said that thing on Dallas, and the shoulder pads eh? And goodness didn't we laugh?

OK, I'm being unfair. Just like `I love the 80s', `All in the Best Possible Taste' was clearly intended as a bit of fun, and not high art, and that's what it is. If you enjoyed that sort of nostalgia-fest, there's a fair chance you'll enjoy this too.

But it does suffer from three problems. Firstly, I'm afraid to say it's not actually that funny. A lot of the humour involves rather heavy handed riffs on what a lot has changed in 30 years. `Can you believe we only had three TV channels!?! I mean, less than four?!!?! Until Channel 4 of course. And we didn't know what a mobile phone was??! Isn't that amazing!?!! And did I mention the shoulder pads??!' Given that the book is subtitled `Growing Up Watching TV in the 80s', there's very little here about the growing up bit.
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Really good book that brings back memories of all the shows from the early mid 80's, as well as snippets from the authors time growing up in these years and wittily written. But I noticed a few errors, when talking about the ad where the guy holds up boards with the wrong lyrics on for 'the Isrealites' song he says this ad was for Maxell tapes but I remember this ad being for Vitalite. Also when talking about Bullseye he says the final star prize game was to score 101 with 9 darts so it was amazing the contestants hardly won, but it was with 6 darts, and Anita Dobbs(who she?) played Angie in Eastenders. Apart from that a big thumbs up and a really fun read.
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A very entertaining holiday read. I particularly enjoyed the four or so pages devoted to Bullseye, surely the greatest of all appalling gameshows which even now are compulsive viewing late at night on Challenge, although I have to correct the author on one minor point - for the contestants to win (or preferably not to win) Bully's Star Prize, they were only allowed three darts each to score the magical 101 or more. Had they been given the stated nine darts, Bully would surely have been giving away many more speedboats...
A recommended read.
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it in a week - which is very quick for me. I'd recommend it. Do you want to know what happened to Petra the Blue Peter dog? What drove Zammo to take heroin? Or, what happened in the Falklands War? There's a lovely mix in this book between the shared experience of having just 3 - and then 4 - TV channels, and autobiographical detail. The format's good too, with 'adverts' interleaved between the chapters. I used to love the adverts, although I never saw the one where Morecambe & Wise advertised Atari. The books a great mix of stuff I'd forgotten I knew and stuff I never knew. Put on your headband, turn up the Jan Hammer and enjoy!
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If I'd watched a lot less telly in my life and read more books then I'd probably worry less about the price of a lb of mince than I currently do.

What a stroke of luck finding a book about telly. Booky people are often quite snooty about it, apart from the ones who earn bundles in both, so I found this a really refreshing read. I laughed out loud a lot. The 80s was actually the decade when I watched the least TV in my life. I left school at the beginning and was married and a mother by the end. Still I found much to be nostalgic about and also picked up some tips on what I missed.

I loved the child's eye view and insight on family life in the good old days when homes had one TV and everyone called it a 'set'. I was reminded of so many family TV moments shared, like in the seventies, and how everything was discussed at school the next day. I like how the author grew up alongside television itself -- there was much more to learn about the changes than the number of channels. This is a social commentary on the decade too with the history of the decade and how it was viewed.

One to keep. I would read it again but there's quite a lot of factoids so could be handy in a family argument.
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