Porridge: The Complete Scripts and Series Guide Paperback – 7 Nov 2005
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About the Author
Richard Webber's knowledge of British television sitcoms is second to none. He has written a number of bestselling books on the subject as well as contributing to many newspapers and magazines over the years. Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have forged one of the most successful writing partnerships ever seen in the entertainment business and they are responsible for many succesful TV shows and films, including The Likely Lads and The Commitments
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It goes some way to explaining the 'Porridge' obsession I have developed just recently, but it was this book that fanned those fanatical flames. It may have hurtled down the time tunnel in my direction direct from 2005 but that does nothing to diminish its appeal as the ultimate guide to 'Porridge'. This was a show which managed to combine a whole host of examples of individual brilliance and, in so doing, to create what is arguably the finest British comedy of all time. Apart from that remake of 'Married... with Children' starring Russ Abbot of course. Don't worry - I'm just having a laugh. Which is one more than Russ and Co managed to rustle up between them in that show, if I remember rightly.
This book is an absolute treasure trove of trivia relating to the original pilot ('Prisoner and Escort'), the three series of 'Porridge' (plus the two Christmas specials), 'Going Straight' and even the film. It features the scripts from every television episode plus a multitude of anecdotes and little snippets of information from what appears to be anyone and everyone who ever went near the set of any of those productions, all skilfully linked together by the wise words of Richard Webber.Read more ›
The book is divided in two:
First half (about 220 pages) contains a series guide with lots of information about the inside story.
The second half contains the full scripts of the series and the Christmas special. Each series has a short "Memories" section at the end with contributions from actors that participated in the series. The episodes don't have any foreword and there are also no footnotes, which makes the scripts section appear very minimal. A much better example can be seen in, for example, Father Ted: The Complete Scripts.
Anyone that has gone that far as to read my review, probably won't be disappointed with the purchase, since it's a very informative and readable book and one could hardly expect for more.
If you're after the full scripts, than you also arrived at the right place, however you must accept that there are at least 3 different versions:
1. The spoken one - as heard on TV.
2. The subtitles track that comes with the DVD set.
3. The scripts as they appear on the reviewed guide.
One can't be sure if the official scripts are any of the above.
These differences are abundant, and sometimes quite annoying. I think that the issue of the differences between the versions should have been addressed better in the book, as it was very nicely done in, again, ...Read more ›
Interesting intro to the creation of the series .... a must for any porridge fan
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Lots of background info on the writers and actors as well as the scripts.Published 7 months ago by paul goodlad