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A Family At War: The Unauthorised Guide to Til Death Us Do Part

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Look ... Look ... Listen! You might learn somefink. This is the story of Till Death Us Do Part, the most controversial, most influential sitcom ever made for television. It is the story of a family at war - with each other, with the world, with religion, with royalty, with politics, with the BBC, with everything.

Whilst battles were spectacularly fought on screen, the campaigns and skirmishes continued behind the scenes, the conflicts just as explosive, just as vitriolic. In ten years, the Garnetts assailed the boundaries of taste, battered the limits of respectability, and laid waste the bits in between. It is the story of 1436 "bloodies", 79 "silly moos", three continents, two threatened prosecutions for blasphemy and a dog called Pickles.

There's an abundance of arguments, attitude, aggression and alcohol. There's lots of language, litigation and late scripts. There's plenty of anecdotes of life imitating art imitating life, leading to the ridiculous idea of the "randy Scouse git" becoming our former PM's father-in-law. Yes, this book has the bloody lot.

"Dirty, blasphemous and full of bad language" Mary Whitehouse

"Quite the worst programme I have seen during family viewing time" Mary Whitehouse


Ape-Man: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to 100 Years of Tarzan

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In October 1912, readers of The All-Story magazine were enthralled by Edgar Rice Burroughs' tale of John Clayton, an orphaned English lord given a simian upbringing in the African jungle who went on to reclaim his birth-right in civilisation while maintaining one foot in the savage land he had conquered. The character went on to appear in more than two dozen sequels by Burroughs as well as many adaptations.


This book traces Tarzan's history in prose, film, comic strips, comic books, radio, stage, television, computer games and merchandise, charting the rise of one of the most popular and iconic characters in fiction. Included is the last ever interview with Danton Burroughs (grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs), plus exclusive comments from Michael Moorcock, Hugh Hudson, R A Salvatore and the oldest surviving screen Tarzan, Denny Miller, amongst many more. The book also examines the massive changes in public attitudes towards Africa, race, hereditary peers and wildlife conservation that may finally deal Tarzan the fatal blow that any number of sinister safaris and high priests of mysterious lost cities failed to.


A comprehensive exploration of one of the most famous icons of the last hundred years.


A5, 500 pages


Assigned: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Sapphire and Steel

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Sapphire & Steel charted the efforts of two mysterious 'agents', named Sapphire (Joanna Lumley) and Steel (David McCallum), as they were given a number of 'assignments'. featuring everything from a faceless man and a vengeful soldier, to living nursery rhymes and a time-trapped motorway cafe.

The series was innovative, intelligent and terrifying, and it has stayed in the memories of all who saw it.

In this guide, Richard Callaghan delves into the six televised 'assignments' and finds out what made them tick. He explores the continuity and background to the show, and gives all the facts and figures as well as a critical commentary. The show's spin-off books and audio adventures are also discussed and reviewed.

150pp approx A5 paperback book



Aunties Charlie: The Autobiography of Charles Chilton

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Described by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘the one genius the BBC ever had on its staff’, Charles Chilton MBE joined the Corporation at fifteen as a messenger boy and went on to carve out a 46-year career as a presenter, writer and producer.


Auntie’s Charlie discusses his life from growing up on the streets of 1920s St Pancras, via early years at the BBC working for the Gramophone Library, to writing the infamous production Oh What a Lovely War for Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop.


While with the BBC Charles was sent to the United States to research, write and produce a number of series based on American western history. One of these, Riders of the Range, lasted for five years until 1953. However, major international recognition came with his science fiction trilogy Journey into Space which he wrote and produced between 1953 and 1958.


Here, for the first time, is Charles Chilton’s story in his own words – an autobiography that is frank, vivid, wry and engaging.


Limited to only 200 copies; each hardback book is individually numbered, features an exclusive cover and signed bookplate


Being Human Unofficial and Unauthroised Guide

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Being Human, created for BBC Three by Toby Whithouse, puts the supernatural firmly into the everyday world. That cute, geeky hospital porter?  A werewolf. A flash of a sunny smile and some grey leggings?  A ghost. The dark-eyed Irish guy at the bar? A vampire.

George (Russell Tovey), Annie (Lenora Crichlow) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) live in a pink house in Bristol and all they want is to be normal, to fit in – to be human.

As well as reviewing each episode from the first two series in detail, this book looks at the birth of the show and profiles the characters and the mythology behind them.  Not forgetting – of course – the plots, the themes, the darkness and the humour, in fact just about everything that being human really means. A must for all fans of the series.

Illustrated throughout by Chris Wreford.


Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots (A Guide to The Avengers)

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‘Always keep your bowler on in times of stress. And watch out for diabolical masterminds.’

The Avengers is one of the most stylish and influential television series of all time, blending action and adventure with outrageous villains and a camp sense of fun. It introduced the public to the central characters of John Steed, Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King, and made international stars of actors Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson.


This is the most in-depth reference work about the show. It covers all aspects, going through the production episode by episode, with full behind-the-scenes details. Assembled from ABC Television documentation, including daily progress reports and internal letters and memos, to give a complete day by day picture of how the series progressed from videotape to film and from black and white to colour. In addition, the author has spoken and corresponded with many people who worked on the series, to give the fullest picture yet of how this classic and stylish British production was assembled.


This volume also covers The New Avengers, the South African radio series, the stage play and the 1998 feature film.


By Your Command: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica: Volume 1: The Original Series and Galactica 1980

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Battlestar Galactica was one of the most impressive American telefantasy series of the 1970s, facing down competition from the Star Wars franchise and antipathy from its own network to gain high ratings, a devoted fan following, and a spin-off commissioned less than a year after the original had ended.


In this book, Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore use behind- the-scenes material and in-depth analyses of both screened episodes and unmade stories to explore how Battlestar Galactica interwove relevant political and religious themes into the traditional space-opera format to produce a television programme which is never less than entertaining and frequently thought-provoking. Like the re-imagined series it inspired, the original Battlestar Galactica poses difficult questions about the legitimacy of war, the value of love, the perils of leadership and, ultimately, what it means to be human.





Carry On Confidential

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The Carry On films have delighted audiences around the world for over 50 years. Saucy yet subtle, crude but never lewd, the Carry Ons really are the very best of British.

From gentle romantic comedies, through innuendo, double- (and single-) entendre to an all-too-brief dalliance with alternative comedy in the 1990s, the Carry Ons and the people who made them have become cultural icons and household names.

But how well do you really know our most beloved comedy institution?

Carry On Confidential is the thinking fan’s guide to the Carry Ons, taking a fresh look at these classic British comedies. A unique spotter’s guide with something new for even the most seasoned devotees, Carry On Confidential is packed with trivia, bloopers and gaffes, spin-offs and collectibles and a comprehensive guide to the locations used in every film.

You’ll fall in love with the Carry Ons all over again.


Complete Secret Army

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This comprehensive book, an essential read for any fan of the series, seeks to uncover how the classic drama Secret Army was conceived and details its journey to our television screens. Each episode is reviewed in depth and accompanied by information on the actual historical events which inspired the series’ gripping storylines.

The book also includes:

- Many exclusive behind-the-scenes photos
- Photos and information on the UK and Belgian filming locations
- Reminiscences from cast and crew
- A comprehensive section on spin-off series Kessler
Information on the original pilot episode: Homing Pigeon
Information on the abortive reunion episode: What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

About the Author:
Andy Priestner has been a devotee of Secret Army since he first caught the 1981 repeat season at the tender age of nine. While freelancing for the DVD company DD Video in 2003 some 22 years later, the opportunity arose for him to produce special features to accompany their Secret Army boxsets and he leapt at the chance. While researching the booklets for the DVDs, Andy amassed more material than he could use, so the prospect of a full book on the series beckoned. The fact that, unlike sci-fi series, classic TV drama remains largely unexplored, has also encouraged him in this endeavour.


Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow (Doomwatch Scripts)

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DEADLY DANGEROUS TOMORROW is a compilation of six scripts for episodes from the legendary 1970s BBC drama series DOOMWATCH which no longer exist in the BBC's archives as they were considered to be of no further commercial value.


Doomwatch is a team of government scientists who investigate current scientific and technological research which could prove hazardous to Mankind. Unloved by industry and governments alike, it is headed by the Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. Spencer Quist, a man who never forgot that he was one of those who had helped to create the first atomic bomb. His crusade was to prevent a deadly, dangerous tomorrow...


The scripts included in this volume are:


Spectre at the Feast by Terence Dudley

Dr. Quist convenes an anti-pollution conference in the luxurious Jayson's Hotel but some of the delegates begin to fall ill and experience terrifying hallucinations. Food poisoning? Or are they being targeted by one of the worst polluters in the country: Newington Chemicals?

Fire and Brimstone by Terence Dudley

The strain of preventing environmental catastrophe in the face of governmental indifference proves too much for Dr. John Ridge and he suffers from what appears to be a nervous breakdown. He steals phials of anthrax from Porton Down and tries to shock the Governments of the world into acting now before it is too late.

High Mountain by Martin Worth

Doomwatch is finished and Dr. Quist is facing an uncertain future. He receives an offer to spend a weekend with the family of a rich industrialist in Scotland where he receives an extraordinary job offer, one with much power. But with it comes a catch, and Quist has to rely on help from a very unlikely source.

Say Knife, Fat Man by Martin Worth

A consignment of plutonium is hijacked and all the evidence points to London gangsters in league with a foreign power wanting nuclear weapons. Or is that what they are meant to think? Who else would want to build a nuclear bomb in the heart of England?

Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow by Martin Worth

A family of sick Asians, recently smuggled into the country, are found squatting in a tent in St James Park, next to Buckingham Palace. Who is behind this appalling publicity stunt and what connection does it have with an American mission to ban the pesticide D.D.T.?

Flood by Ian Curteis

Two flood warnings over two successive nights in London is more than just a coincidence and Doomwatch are ordered by the Minister to explore every possibility in just a couple of hours. Is this a natural or a man-made phenomena? As London is put on full Flood Alert, the problem for Quist and the team appears to be that the Minister already knows the answer.


These stories from the first and third series of Doomwatch are the only way to enjoy the episodes which no longer exist in the BBC archives. They have been constructed from a mixture of rehearsal and camera scripts along with notable camera directions giving a flavour of what the episodes may have looked like on transmission.. High Mountain appears as both rehearsal and camera scripts since many changes were made during the transition. Each story comes with a set of footnotes, explaining the background and references that would have been familiar to viewers of the time. Also included are extracts from promotional material for the third series written by Terence Dudley, and letters by Martin Worth.



Destination: Moonbase Alpha: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Space 1999

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September 13th, 1999...

A massive nuclear explosion blasts the Moon out of Earth orbit, sending Moonbase Alpha's 311 inhabitants on an uncontrollable odyssey through deep space. Now, Destination: Moonbase Alpha takes you back to a future billed as "the most spectacular space science fiction series ever produced for television."

Destination: Moonbase Alpha is the most comprehensive book ever published on SPACE: 1999, including extensive cast lists and detailed reviews of all 48 episodes, as well as the Message from Moonbase Alpha short film.

Destination: Moonbase Alpha tells the incredible story of the making of a science fiction classic, told by the actors, writers and production crew who created it. Including commentary from:


Martin Landau (Commander John Koenig)
Barbara Bain (Doctor Helena Russell)

Barry Morse (Professor Victor Bergman)
Sylvia Anderson (Producer - Year One)

Catherine Schell (Maya)
Fred Freiberger (Producer - Year Two)

Zienia Merton (Sandra Benes)
Gerry Anderson (Executive Producer)

Prentis Hancock (Paul Morrow)
Johnny Byrne (Writer)

Nick Tate (Alan Carter)
Christopher Penfold (Writer)

Anton Phillips (Bob Mathias)
Keith Wilson (Production Designer)

John Hug (Bill Fraser)
And many more!


Destination: Moonbase Alpha also includes - for the first time ever - the complete story behind the disappearance of Barry Morse and Professor Victor Bergman... It's a true story no fan has ever known - until now!

Destination: Moonbase Alpha is the essential guide to SPACE: 1999 - from critical reaction then and now, through the triumphant 35 year odyssey of Moonbase Alpha since the worldwide debut of SPACE: 1999 in 1975, and finally to writer Johnny Byrne's concepts for the return of the series. Keep this indispensable guide with you, and escape into worlds beyond belief!

300pp approx A5 paperback book



Fall Out

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'The whole Earth ... as the Village.'
'That is my hope. What's yours?'
'I'd like to be the first man on the moon.'

The impact of The Prisoner upon society was explosive, transforming art, storytelling and popular culture like no other television programme before or since. Patrick McGoohan spearheaded the project in his role as an unnamed man, held against his will in a strange isolated Italianate village, tormented by a succession of individuals, each calling themselves Number 2, whose true motivations and intentions towards him remained a constant mystery.

The man, known only as Number 6, attempted escape, was befriended and betrayed, underwent hallucinogenic journeys, and experienced many strange revelations, before the series achieved its cathartic climax.

The Prisoner was ahead of its time, and in this book, Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore take on the task of debriefing the programme and attempting to make sense of the many interpretations and readings which have been placed on it. This is not the book with all the answers but it may help you ask the right questions.

Introduction by film editor and writer Ian Rakoff.

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