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Rather shallow and badly-written
on 9 March 2014
There's a lot of information in this book, and for most devoted fans, of which I am one, that will be enough. There is a lot of information about dates and places, and all the writers and each of the actors have a section complete with their 'stage-ography', and seemingly heavily edited contributions and thoughts from the actors themselves. All the actors have a section, even the minor ones, but it's all rather shallow. You can't help feeling that there's a tale to be told from behind the scenes about this very long-running show but that nobody's going to tell it. There are quite a few not very funny 'a funny thing happened during this episode' reminiscenses. Some seemingly rather cruel practical jokes played on each other, and how they were all a great big, happy family. I got the feeling that that this is their story and they're sticking to it, but perhaps it's just me.
It seems to have been written in something of a hurry, but although some of the writing is eye-wateringly bad it's very good on the history. We are told where it was filmed and why. Which writers dropped-out and who replaced them and what effect this had on the overall dynamics of the show (and you've sometimes got to read between the lines for this). The future careers of all involved and the successes of the stage versions of Allo Allo, which toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, are discussed.
I enjoyed reading this book in spite if it's flaws, and I'm sure that any fan of Allo Allo will enjoy it.