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Wigan Casino documentary hits DVD

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Not just 'a' Wigan Casino documentary, Tony Palmer's The Wigan Casino is 'the' documentary about northern soul's most famous venue.

It's been around on bootlegs for a few years, but this is the official release. For the uninitiated, Tony Palmer went into the Wigan Casino in 1977 to produce a short documentary for Granada as part of its 'This England' series of shows. Mixing footage of the club and interviews of the punters are vintage photos of a deprived Wigan and reminiscenes of elderly folk of that time. It wasn't much better in the 70s, but the casino footage shows how life can be better – even just for a night.

We're hoping to get it reviewed in the coming days, but if you want to buy one now from Amazon for £7.49.

Find out more about the DVD at the Amazon website

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