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Television Can Blow Me by [Donaghy, James]
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  • Language: English
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A very funny book. Donaghy's writing is smart and sharp, at times savage and angry, and he writes with real passion and verve.

I agree with the other reviews on here - it's an excellent book, well worth buying, and I would definitely recommend it. One thing I would add is that it's a well structured and edited book. Rather than feeling like a disparate collection of TV reviews, the book holds together well. Each chapter has a general theme,such as British Drama, American TV, Celebrities, Sports TV, etc; and breaking up the themed chapters, running through the spine of the book, are his annual 'Aerial Telly Awards', which are included chronologically from 2006 onwards. Basically, each piece is laugh-out-loud funny, but the book also has a forward momentum that keeps you reading and makes it difficult to put down; and ultimately all these pieces come together to form a very satisfying whole.

I laughed one hell of a lot reading this. At times it brought tears to my eyes. I've rated it at four stars as an objective assessment, but when you factor in the price - a ridiculously low 77p - it's five stars with icing and a strawberry on top. If you want to laugh yourself insensate, do yourself a favour and buy this book.
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I'll come clean. I know this author and I read an advance copy of this book. But I'm actually a fan of James Donaghy's writing. I read most of these TV reviews as they appeared on his website Aerial Telly over the last few years, when they were the deliciously funny Friday afternoon pick-me-up that used to be the sole domain of TVGoHome.

Reading them again in book form, I laughed all over again. I punched the table. I very nearly soiled my pants (that might just be an age thing, though). Many times I gasped and thought YOU CAN'T SAY THAT! but then sniggered all the same and checked to see if anyone saw me.

Donaghy has a great way of saying the unsayable and cutting through the crap. His reviews (more Wildean autopsies, really) are as controversial, outrageous and scathingly witty as we all secretly want to be.

You won't read a more laugh out loud, un-PC, hilarious book this year.
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I followed James Donaghy's smart, incisive TV reviews about series like Spiral and Spartacus: Blood & Sand in the Guardian, but this collection of his Aerial Telly pieces is even better... and certainly filthier. If you can cope with weapons-grade level swearing, it is sit-and-weep-and-shake funny. But underneath the humour and swagger, Donaghy is a very sound, meticulous critic. He truly loves and understands the medium and has an innate feel for what makes one show work and another fail. He can recap a convoluted plot with clarity and wit, is unpretentious and open-minded, doesn't fall for hype and doesn't go into an uncritical swoon about a show he likes (witness his enthusiastic Sherlock review, which still notices the second episode stank). While some reviewers deaden the appeal of a show you enjoyed, he has the knack of being effortlessly entertaining about a programme you might not want to watch in the first place (Fearne Cotton Meets Peaches Geldof, Britain's Fattest Whatever). I'd call it the cure for missing the glory days of Charlie Brooker's Screenburn, only that would suggest Donaghy doesn't have a distinct voice and appeal all of his own. But in common with Brooker's best, you will be quoting lines from this in the pub. Highly recommended.
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