Just been enjoying reading about all the fun in creating the DVD special features for the various THRILLER sets, almost worthy of a plot for the show itself. These first hand reminiscences are wonderful!
For anyone interested in the general environs and mechanics of British TV during the 1970s and the specific shenanigans of Lew Grade's ATV and its mercurial New York ITC office under Abe Mandell (whether a specific fan of 'Thriller' or not), this is a must read! A pre-Easter treat or vintage and cult television fans!
Also worth checking out the reviews on the book's page.
Post by Jaspal Cheema on Mar 14, 2021 13:43:53 GMT
Thriller in Every Corner is a superb tome-full of fantastic information and analysis of this superb series. Of note is the publicity for the series in TV Times,especially the Playback and Reader's Letters columns.Also information that some of the U.S edits are more satisfying than the original U.K transmissions!But it's just great to have another book on ITC to add to The Rogers and Gillis Guide to ITC and the superb Robert Sellers biography which is name-checked in A Thriller in Every Corner. A must-buy!
Just been catching up on the many location shoots as featured in Thriller as documented in 'A THRILLER in Every Corner', commonly in the Home Counties near the studios in Borehamwood or in London, but also further afield e.g. in Oxford, Dorset and as far as Devon.
Most seem to have been identified and included in the book but there are some that are still a mystery!
Anyone e.g. know the location of the house and farm as seen in 'Nurse Will Make It Better'?
The chapters dealing with the production of the special features destined for several of the DVD releases have proved fascinating, not least in a wealth of anecdotes and detail by those involved. Getting lost in country lanes, tombstones, railway signalers all play their part! Details regarding the worldwide search for original master tapes and subsequent restoration work are also included including some missing 'assets' and the machinations to get around the problems.
What is also particular useful throughout are the footnotes on each page, unobtrusive to the main text, but a good way to following up further reading on specific topics or chasing up a reference or two.
I see the lulu page for the book now has some extensive reviews, each highlighting particular aspects of the text which have impressed the particular reader.
Anyone thinking of getting this, really recommend it - paints an evocative picture of how telly was made during this period nearly 50 years ago and all in a nicely chatty but nevertheless forensic style. I'm loving it!
Great interview with the author-so much insight into television production in the 1970s and the innovative techniques used in THRILLER.The series was actually made using four walls and cranes which gave opportunities for more interesting camera angles,it's production straddling both the processes of TV and film.
'A THRILLER in Every Corner' which has hundreds of pages chock full of anecdotes and previously unknown facts not only about Brian Clemens Thriller but also the British television milieu of the time it was made all relayed in a fascinating but readable way. Really recommended
Just came across a second YouTube video review of 'A THRILLER in Every Corner' alongside a look at the series itself and its main UK DVD release. The book certainly seems to be making an impression on many people. It's certainly packed with information and quotes/anecdotes
It's an incredibly meaty tome that goes beyond coverage of 'Thriller' itself, with lots of detail on the happenings in British television at the time the show was made, with copious memories and commentary from those that were there - both sides of the camera.
Grab a copy for a real treat for anyone interested in vintage UK TV.
Time to grab a bargain and learn all about the surprise of the aftershave, an unexpected collapse at the doorstep, an accidental stabbing with studio time running out and an impromptu sing-song at rehearsals. Who said television production was mundane or unsurprising!
Full blurb about the show has appeared on Facebook as follows...
we are back this Thursday from 7 pm (UK time) with a very special show. The featured artist will be Bobby Darin. We have some sparkling rare sunshine pop songs near the start. New music from Micky Dolenz, The Fortunes and Rossall. The Story Lady is back,People's Choice, Elvis Jukebox, and Cassidy Corner. We also return to Disneyland aboard the Mark Twain ship as we take our final voyage. I also have a special guest: Martin Marshall talking about his brilliant book: A Thriller in Every Corner. A wonderful nod to the classic 70's TV series. He has some wonderful stories to tell about the classic show, and ATV too. We also have part one of a new 'Spirit Tracers' sequence starring non other than listener: Dave Maclean as a character now well placed into my trilogy! Not only that, we will have another Pun Countdown and Moment of Terror. Join me 'live' from 7 pm (UK time)