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The British Television Pilot Episodes Research Guide 1936-2015 By Christopher Perry
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A new idea can become an expensive flop for TV executives. So from the earliest days of television, the concept of a pilot episode seemed like a good idea. Trying out new actors; new situations and... More > new concepts before making a series was good economical sense. It was also tax deductible. Sometimes these pilots were shown on television; sometimes they were so awful they were hidden from sight in archives; and sometimes they were excellent one-offs, but a series seemed elusive and never materialised. Chris Perry has always been fascinated by the pilot episode. So many pilots are made annually, but never seen by audiences. Only a handful appear on screen. It’s a hidden world of comedy, variety, drama and factual programming. This volume attempts to lift the lid on the world of the TV pilot by revealing the many transmitted and untransmitted episodes made through the decades.< Less
BBC Television Drama Research Guide 1936-2006 - Volume 4 (P-S) By Richard Down et al.
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Why was the BBC's opening programme shown twice on different days? Who produced the majority of pre-war BBC programmes? How was 'Doctor Who' created? What is the earliest surviving telerecording? How... More > many years did 'Sunday Night Theatre' make outstanding live plays? What shows were nearly made, but never completed? What character was originally called Tom Devises? This Research Guide gives detailed information on seventy years of BBC drama plays, series and serials. It’s all here: the great and the good; the one-offs and the soap operas; the sci-fi and the melodrama. Each volume is full of facts, fun and information about the origins of the BBC, including details of what survives in the archives. Regional programmes, school dramatisations and BBC test transmissions are included in detailed listings, and a selection of the finest radio output completes these staggering volumes.< Less
British Independent Television Drama Research Guide 1955-2005 - Volume 2 (D-J) By Richard Down et al.
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Have you ever wondered who was the lead actor in Public Eye? Who gave Bodie and Doyle their orders? What was Phil Redmond's first work for television? Where did the idea for Taggart come from? What... More > was Inspector Morse's first name? Who was The Unusual Miss Mulberry? Which show was planned as a spin-off from No Hiding Place, but was never made? Before Bad Girls, which drama series was also set in a prison? How many different actors have played Robin Hood over the years? Names, dates, working titles, footnotes, film spin-offs, archive holdings... this set of guides celebrates 50 Years of ITV programmes, and also covers Channel 4, Channel 5 and satellite shows. Whether you are a trivia buff, a quizmaster or serious telly historian, this book will give you loads of information, hours of reading and a starting-point for further investigations of your own.< Less
British Independent Television Drama Research Guide 1955-2005 - Volume 5 (Soaps) By Richard Down et al.
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Coronation Street - Envisaged as a look behind the front doors of a typical Northern street. Crossroads - A Midlands motel somewhere near Birmingham run by the formidable Meg Richardson. Emergency... More > Ward 10 - The first twice-weekly serial set in a hospital. Emmerdale - Began life as a daytime series featuring life in the village of Beckindale. These huge series have seen many famous faces in their studios - Ben Kingsley, John Alderton, Michael Crawford, Albert Finney, Cliff Richard, Joanne Whalley, Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Arthur Haynes and Patrick Troughton, to name but a few. Kaleidoscope have gathered together a range of sources to provide this informative and in-depth research guide to four major soap operas. There is scope for more detail on these shows, but plenty of information within these pages to provide a comprehensive overview of their histories.< Less

British Independent Television Drama Research Guide 1955-2005 -  Volume 4 (S-Z) British Independent... By Richard Down et al. Paperback:
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BBC Television Drama Research Guide 1936-2006 - Volume 1 (A-C) BBC Television Drama... By Richard Down et al. Paperback:
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