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Tony Palmer’s 1970s The Wigan Casino documentary now available on DVD

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Not just 'a' Wigan Casino documentary, Tony Palmer's The Wigan Casino is still the definitive documentary about northern soul's most famous venue, purely because the filmmaker was in the right place at the right time.

Admittedly, it's been around on bootlegs for a few years, but this is the first 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 with vintage photos of a deprived Wigan and reminiscenes of elderly folk of that time. It wasn't much better in the mid-70s, but the Casino footage shows how life can be better – even just for a night.

Electric Roulette managed to get an advance copy of the disc and a review of The Wigan Casino is online right now. If you like what you read or already know you want this in your collection, it's available to buy right now from Amazon for £7.49.

Find out more about the DVD at the Amazon website