British Television: An Illustrated Guide

British Television: An Illustrated Guide

by Michael Grade (Foreword), Michael Grade (Foreword), Great Britain: British Film Institute (Author), Tise Vahimagi (Editor)

Synopsis

This is an illustrated guide to British television from 1936 to the present day. Entries on over 1,100 programmes are arranged chronologically to provide a unique reference to our television heritage. Presented decade by decade, the diversity of British television emerges, from "A for Andromeda" to "Z Cars" , "Steptoe and Son" to "Absolutely Fabulous", "Armchair Theatre" to "The Onedin Line" and "Andy Pandy" to "The Wombles". Each entry is accompanied by a production still, many of them previously unpublished and some the sole remaining visual record of the programme. Introductions to each section offer a fascinating overview of trends and developments, technical, creative, and institutional for the time period considered. The guide is introduced in a foreword by Michael Grade and a detailed index allows the reader to trace the careers of favourite performers, from Tony Hancock's appearance in Gogol's, "The Government Inspector", to Sean Connery's apprenticeship in 1950s' BBC drama. This detailed book should provide irresistible reading for all those who have ever been interested in television.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 375
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 30 Nov 1994

ISBN 10: 0198183364
ISBN 13: 9780198183365

Media Reviews
This is a book which has something for everyone; for the serious it has the facts, for the politicians it demonstates consequences, for the programme makers it shows the trends, and for any reader it is a nostalgic record which can be read through or dipped into occasionally - but kept readily at
hand. --Film


This is a book which has something for everyone; for the serious it has the facts, for the politicians it demonstates consequences, for the programme makers it shows the trends, and for any reader it is a nostalgic record which can be read through or dipped into occasionally - but kept readily at
hand. --Film

This is a book which has something for everyone; for the serious it has the facts, for the politicians it demonstates consequences, for the programme makers it shows the trends, and for any reader it is a nostalgic record which can be read through or dipped into occasionally - but kept readily at hand. --Film


This is a book which has something for everyone; for the serious it has the facts, for the politicians it demonstates consequences, for the programme makers it shows the trends, and for any reader it is a nostalgic record which can be read through or dipped into occasionally - but kept readily at hand. --Film


Author Bio

Publishing Research Officer at the BFI, Tise Vahimagi is the author The American Vein: Directors and Directions in Television and co-editor of MTM: Quality Television.