on 20 May 2001
The scripts of all nine episodes of Ripping Yarns, immaculately presented in the style of a Boy's Own Annual.
Many people wonder at the purpose of such collections; I suppose this sort of thing is really intended for hardcore fans and aspiring comedy writers. That said, this book should by no means be regarded merely a source aid, or a token shelf-filler; many people may not have seen the television series, and the book makes for enjoyable reading in itself.
Each script is adequately illustrated with appropriate stills; the italicised action directions are witty and entertaining. You can also pick up on humorous details that may have flashed by on the screen; the full contents of school noticeboards, &c, are painstakingly transcribed wherever appropriate.
These tales make very pleasurable reading, but the collection loses a star for its somewhat limited appeal. Many, I imagine, would rather have the videos.
on 29 November 2015
Having enjoyed the tv series it is nice to find a complete collection of the scripts I find with the written script I can follow the plot more closely than I could with the screen version in a way as with the screen version it is easy to miss a well said line or a action and the screen version can move on so fast to one scene or another so quickly it is possible to miss an important part an also in a screen version parts can be cut out and depending on what channel ( G.O.LD for one where if they show lets say for example Blackadder where they cut sometimes cut major parts out such as a punchline which ruins the entire episode as the last punchline can be the entire point of the show ) with the script in written form there is nothing cut out, so if you are a fan of the show or indeed own dvds of the show this is a perfect companion
on 13 February 2008
Collected in this volume are the scripts from both series of the hugely popular television series Ripping Yarns. Generally speaking script books are not the most representative way of presenting film however with all of these stories being set during the early part of the twentieth century then heavy cream paper and sepia photographs actually make it look more authentic than it actually did on the screen.
Obviously Palin impeccable delivery is missing but the scripts are strong enough to stand up on there own. `Across the Andes by Frog', `The Testing of Eric Olthwaite' and `Escape from Stalag Luft 112 B' being my own particular favourites from the fisrt series.
From the second series `Golden Gordon', `Roger of the Raj' and `Whinfrey's Last Case' are all perfect comedies without an inch of fat on them. `Golden Gordon' is the perfect story of the decline Barnsworth United from plucky Yorkshire Football cup winners to scrap yard. `Roger of the Raj' brings us the stiff upper lip battling with commerce and socialist at the far corners of the British Empire and `Whinfrey's Last Case' parodies the easy espionage of Hannay and his imitators.
The warmth Palin and Jones obviously felt for the source material of these affectionate parodies shines through and leaves the reader digging out an old copy of The 39 Steps to read afterwards.