A volume for collectors and enthusiasts of British television that explores the history and destruction of celebrated British television programmes. It lists in detail some of the most important missing material. The book reveals the exciting possibilities of recovering such valuable items in the future and tells stories of how programmes once thought lost have been returned, including dome through the British Film Institute's "Missing, Believed Wiped" initiative. Lack of storage space, the high cost of videotape and the (mistaken) belief that black and white television programmes had no commercial future after the advent of colour are all reasons cited for the destruction of the television programmes. However it appears there is a public desire for nostalgia and an appetite for classic, cult television. This has led to a treasure hunt, and this book recounts tales of historical mistakes, serendipitous finds and serious sleuthing. A useful guide to those searching for television material classified as "Missing, Believed Wiped". Programmes disscussed include: the plays of Dennis Potter and David Mercer, "Quatermass", "A for Andromeda", "Dr Who", "The Avengers" and "The Likely Lads".
Post by Peter Chadwick on Sept 4, 2004 15:30:57 GMT
An unfortunately over priced book for a loosely based list of SOME commonly well known missing programmes.
Absolutely. I recently bought this (softback) for £16.99, and was VERY disappointed with both the amount of pages devoted to the recovery / restoration process, and the amount of pages full stop. A lot of info in the book is readily available on sites like this one and The Mausoleum Club. Very expensive, very disappointing.
Perhaps if it had not been printed on bog paper, the lack of content might have been justified. Somebody at the BFI should have looked at some of Dave Rogers stuff from the past to see what could have been achieved on price
Post by Fergus Alecson on Aug 26, 2005 11:07:16 GMT
They likely will do a revised edition of this book, but I don't see it for another couple of years. You can't expect them to publish a new edition everytime somebody finds a telesnap or clip. Likely it will be a good period of time, and amount of clips/shows before we get version 2.