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The blurb on the backs:
Ken Wordsworth is getting into a whole new ball game.
Stan Hey and Andrew Nickolds aren't necessarily household names (well, in their own households, obviously), but they have written some big shows. In particular they took over the acclaimed sitcom Agony and wrote the second and third series: not my taste, 'cos I hate Maureen Lipman, but sharper than most British stuff at the time. And later on they did The Lenny Henry Show - that was the sitcom about Delbert Wilkins - which ran for two series. In a solo capacity, Stan Hey also wrote a substantial chunk of the original Auf Wiedersehn Pet, and The Manageress.
In between that lot came this show in ten one-hour episodes. And I have absolutely no memory of it whatsoever. I don't think I ever saw it, so I can't really comment.
Oh, all right then, I'll comment. The book is uninspiring - it plods, it lacks any sense of sparkle and the good gags are as rare as Chinese Jim Davidson fans. And they don't make up for the poor printing and paper quality.
However, I have the feeling that this would have made a fine TV series. The premise is good - a high-falutin' broadsheet sports writer plunges downmarket to become a red-top hack - whilst David Warner is always worth watching. And the episodic structure, which is one of the things that screws up the book, is of course precisely what makes a TV show tick. I'd be interested in seeing it, but I shan't bother with the book again.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 1/5