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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absorbing and Amusing Read for the Last of the Summer Wine Fan, 8 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Last of the Summer Wine: The Story of the World's Longest Running Comedy Series (Kindle Edition)
Having followed Last of the Summer Wine since it was first broadcast on the BBC in the 1970s, I found this book to be a totally absorbing read.

The book is also a testament to the genius of Roy Clarke, without whom there would have been no series. The book explains how he succeeded in evolving the series, over thirty-seven years, as seamlessly as possible, to incorporate new characters or integrate changes in casting, which were necessary when life events caused essential characters to need to be replaced.

Extracts from Roy Clarke's scripts also pepper the book, in order to illustrate the idiosyncrasies of the characters and also to throw more light on the nature of Roy Clarke's wit. They are intelligently selected by Andrew Vine and serve to provoke many laugh-out-loud moments.

The background information about how characters were initiated and evolved and the casting decisions that were made make fascinating reading, not just for advocates of the series, but also for anyone interested in the behind-the scenes decision-making that is an essential ingredient of the success of a series such as this.

There is also considerable detail about location filming; specific information about where various scenes were shot and some of the problems that needed to be dealt with by the production crews.

The book also covers high-level decisions that were made at different points in the evolution of the series by the production team.

A truly fascinating and absorbing read, which I would most heartily recommend!
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