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The Are You Being Served? Stories: Camping in and Other Fiascos Paperback – 1 May 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kqed Books (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912333022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912333021
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book through amazon.co.uk and once I picked it up I could not put it down as it was so funny, and is guaranteed to make your sides split. This book includes 7 stories from the public's favourite television comedy series and tells the tales of "Camping In", "The Clock", "Up Captain Peacock", "The Hand Of Fate", "His and Hers", "Coffee Break" and "Wedding Bells". Each story is told only as Jeremy Lloyd can tell it, this book also includes some background information on how the show came to the BBC, how it was a great success and the cast themselves. I would drastically recommend this book to anyone and I would urge you to buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The scripts of several episodes in story form. 13 Jan. 2000
By Connie E. Fairchild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book, as I had expected the author would relate funny stories about things that happened during the filming of the AYBS series. Instead, it is merely the script set into "Mr. Lucas said...." form. If that is what you are looking for, then this is the book for you. The few pictures are the ones we've seen before in other books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Weak as Water" 26 Jun. 2003
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Besides an eleven-page introduction ("AYBS? Then and Now") and two pages on "The Birth of AYBS?," this book only contains scripts in story form from seven early episodes of the long-running Brit comedy. The stories include: "Camping In," "Up Captain Peacock," "Wedding Bells," "His and Hers," "Coffee Break," "The Hand of Fate," and "The Clock." There is also two sets of full color photos from the episodes. Some of the screen shots are not even from the episodes in this book as a couple of the photos have Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Harman whereas the stories have Mr. Grainger and Mr. Mash. There is nothing new or exciting for the fan who already has a few books about the show. If you want to curl up and read these episodes as stories, this is the book for you. I, however, would rather pop in the video.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Fans Only 3 May 2005
By Shawn P. Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not a good introduction to Grace Brothers for the uninitiated. I enjoyed the stories very much, but I had long ago memorized every episode of the BBC series on which they were based. The stories differed in dialogue and small plot points with the episodes on which they were based, and it was those differences that kept me reading.

Are You Being Served was genius because of its writing and the talents of the actors and actresses. In the written medium, only the former comes through, and without the timing of actors' execution, it seems a little wooden. Still, if you can supply their voices in your head, you'll probably enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag but a really cute one... 6 Aug. 2003
By T. Reinhardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book but I do think this could have been more... More insider tid-bits for the die-hard fan...For people who are very familiar with this show it might be nice to have had a more gossip-y book (more like the show public tv puts on about mrs. slocumb)...
It reminds me a bit of the iron chef book. Fun to get but nothing really that the true fan wouldn't already know.
I can see this being an adorable addition to a theme basket with a *tea* theme... teas. tea ball, tea pot, scones and this book. It might be a nice way to intoduce someone to the show or a good book for a very new fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A re-run not worth the postage 9 Sept. 2008
By Graves - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of Are you Being Served, the long running British sit com set in a London Department store, so when I saw this title "Camping in and Other Fiascos" by the show's long time producer, I Thought it would be a behind the scenes peek at a show that in 12 seasons must have had some very interesting tales to tell.

The forward, with comments by some of the surviving cast members seemed to support this. Then I got to the meat of the book. Each chapter is in fact a novelization of an episode, but with other, well known vignettes from other episodes worked in.

While this might make funny reading if you've never seen the show, long time fans can almost repeat the scripts themselves. Without any bonus materials THIS is in effect, a re-run of well known episodes.

I'm a fan of the show. I'd love a chance to tell the cast members how much I've enjoyed their work, but this tome? Not worth the price of postage.
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