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All Memories Great and Small

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Based on the bestselling books by James Herriot, All Creatures Great & Small remains one of the BBC’s most popular television programmes ever produced.

 

Released as part of the 100th birthday celebrations for the real James Herriot, Alf Wight, All Memories Great & Small is an ideal companion to the series. Every episode is accompanied by exclusive memories, thanks to 60 new interviews with cast and crew. Stars Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison and Carol Drinkwater are joined by dozens of guest stars and members of the production team, many of whom have never shared their memories of making this television classic before. Tributes are also paid by family members of those no longer with us.

 

This book is also packed with insight into all 90 episodes, including original synopses, credits, production and transmission dates, viewing figures and dozens of previously unpublished behind the scenes photographs. There is also a foreword from Rosie Page, daughter of Alf Wight, the real James Herriot.

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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

 

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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.

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Brian Hayles: The Moon Stallion

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When the Purwells set out to explore the land of the real King Arthur, they find themselves caught up in a hunt for the Moon Stallion, a beautiful but dangerous beast without mortal master. Mortenhurze, Purwell's patron, wants revenge. Todman, a horse warlock, has more sinister intentions. Both men seek to capture the mysterious horse, so that its magic powers will become theirs to command.

 

But they are no match for the dark forces of myth and magic which still exist among the Berkshire hills. Only Diana, who is blind, is allowed a glimpse of the truth. With Merlin's help, she learns that the Moon Stallion is beyond the reach of ambitious men. It is part of a legend which unites past, present and future...

 

Based on the 1978 BBC Children's fantasy drama starring Sarah Sutton, John Abineri, and David Haig.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Best known for his work on Doctor Who, he wrote a total of six stories and created the iconic Celestial Toymaker and The Ice Warriors! Hayles wrote for such television series as The Regiment, Barlow at Large, Doomwatch, Out of the Unknown, United!, Legend of Death, Public Eye, Z-Cars, BBC Playhouse, The Wednesday Thriller and Suspense.

 

In addition to script writing for the radio series The Archers, Hayles penned a novel based on the soap called Spring at Brookfield (Tandem, 1975) set in the period between the two world wars. His other books included novelisations of his Doctor Who stories, and two horror plays for children, The Curse of the Labyrinth (Dobson, 1976) and Hour of the Werewolf (Dobson, 1976). An original novel entitled Goldhawk (NEL, 1979) was published posthumously

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Children of the Stones (Novel)

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Adam Brake, a professor of astrophysics, and his teenage son Matthew, arrive in Milbury, an English village surrounded by a stone circle. Adam has been commissioned to investigate the residual magnetism of the stones, but he and Matthew soon begin to realise that this is no ordinary village….

 

Based on the classic television series starring Gareth Thomas and Freddie Jones, this is the original novelisation, published for the first time in 35 years.

 

Hardcover

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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

 

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Fall Out: The Unofficial and Unathorised Guide to The Prisoner

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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 an Ian Rakoff.

 

 

 

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Granada's Greatest Detective

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In the thirty years since its inception, Granada Television’s grandly envisaged adaptations of the master detective’s legendary annals have become as classical a piece of Holmesian lore as the canon itself. Staunchly set to both the spirit and society of Conan Doyle’s texts and commanded by Jeremy Brett’s indelibly immortal Sherlock Holmes, these milestone works have never been subject to rigorous, sequential analysis, until now.

 

Granada’s Greatest Detective endeavours, for the first time, to present:

• a detailed background of the genesis of the project.

• an examination of the cultural and political influences that impacted upon the series.

• an inventory of the title, broadcast date, writer, director, plot summary and cast of each segment.

• classic and contemporary interviews with both cast and crew from every single instalment including Michael Cox (producer), Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Edward Hardwicke, Eric Porter, Rosalie Williams, Jenny Seagrove, Robert Hardy and many others.

• an extensive critique of all forty-one features.

• a brief review of lost footage, rarely seen offshoots and curios from the programme’s ten-year lifespan.

 

This is the full-length study of one of the most credible and celebrated interpretations in all of Sherlockian theatrical history.

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Hooded Man Volume 2: Robert of Huntingdon (New printing)

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‘Herne’s Son is dead.’

 ‘Robin of Loxley is dead. Herne’s Son lives again in you.’

 

With its distinctive mixture of history and mythology, Robin of Sherwood was an innovative treatment of the Robin Hood legend. Broadcast on ITV between 1984 and 1986, the series has been a major influence on later versions of the Robin Hood story.

 

Now for the first time, a guide to the series in two volumes, from its beginnings in fifteenth century ballads of Robin Hood to its modern tale of a band of guerrillas striking from their forest hideout.

 

Hooded Man Volume Two takes a fresh look at each episode starring Jason Connery. It explores the production of the third series and the legends, literature and history that influenced it. On the way you’ll find new trivia, goofs, a detailed historical timeline, maps of the series’ settings and the full story of the fall of the Goldcrest production company. Also included is a comprehensive guide to the spin-off books, games and all 126 issues of the comic strip.

 

Hooded Man is an essential guide for every true fan of the series, detailing everything you might have missed along the way… because nothing is ever forgotten.

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Jaunt: An Unofficial Guide to The Tomorrow People

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An unofficial guide to The Tomorrow People

 

JAUNT! - by Andy Davidson

Shape-changing robots, military masterminds, ITV technicians.  It's a deadly universe out there, but the Tomorrow People are here to help.

The Tomorrow People are man’s next step up the evolutionary ladder…Homo Superior.  From their secret base deep below the streets of London, they offer hope for a better future for the human race as members of the all-powerful Galactic Federation.

The Tomorrow People is the bête noire of cult television.  Regarded unfairly by many as a rival to the BBC’s Doctor Who, it inevitably comes off worse in comparison to its bigger budget, mainstream opponent.  The Tomorrow People was made by the children’s department of Thames Television, a company which really didn’t have all that much experience of making sci fi drama.  

The Tomorrow People is a staggeringly ambitious children’s adventure with a deeply philosophical foundation.  But it was produced by a team beset by inexperience, roller-coaster budgets and a decade of industrial tension which culminated in the total shut-down of ITV.  The result was a programme that was as good as it was almost in spite of itself.

For every bold political statement, there’s an alien commander who looks like a Tiki glass.  For every beautifully realised space battle there’s a plastic cup sprayed silver and glued onto a mop handle.  The Tomorrow People giveth with Geoffrey Bayldon, Michael Sheard, Trevor Bannister and it taketh away with Ali Bongo, an alien boy channelling Douglas Bader and Ray Burdis, twice.  

Jaunt follows the adventures of the Tomorrow People from their origins in a forgotten era of children’s programming to a publishing phenomenon, where the show and its stars were front page news.  It rejoins the Tomorrow People in the 1990s for some light-hearted Avengers action and returns once more a decade later as a series of bold, challenging audio plays.  Homo Superior has been with us for forty years and Jaunt chronicles the phenomenon that is again preparing to return to our screens in a big-budget US adaptation.

Jaunt features exclusive interviews with series creator Roger Price, producer Ruth Boswell and the Tomorrow People themselves; Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan Clarke, Elizabeth Adare, Mike Holoway and Misako Koba.  

With an introduction from Roger Price Jaunt also features the complete script of the lost series nine adventures Mystery Moon and tells the previously untold story of the plans to continue the Big Finish Tomorrow People audio adventures.

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Liberation

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Including details and analysis of every episode, examination of key episodes from their genesis to the final version, featuring excerpts from the original drafts of scripts and interviews with people involved in the production, this book is the ideal companion for anyone interested in the show, or in the development of television science fiction during the late seventies.

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Mervyn Stone Mysteries 1: Geek Tragedy (Hardback)

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Mervyn Stone does not look like a special man. His nose is too big, his hair is always on the point of open rebellion, and he appears to have put his clothes on in the dark. He looks like a hedge which has been dragged through a man backwards.

 

Mervyn was script editor of the BBC television series Vixens from the Void, a ‘Dynasty in Space’ soap opera which gripped the nation in the 1980s; an intergalactic, glitter-themed, shoulder-padded bitchfest featuring wobbly spaceships, wobblier women and the wobbliest performances ever.

 

Mervyn is never allowed to forget his guilty past. The fans won’t let him. This is why, twenty years later, Mervyn reluctantly finds himself at ‘ConVix 15’, a Science Fiction convention.

 

It’s a funny thing; it seems everywhere Mervyn’s dormant career takes him, there are murders.

 

Here’s another funny thing. Mervyn, with his script editor’s eye for sorting out plot-holes in stories, seems to be the only one able to solve them. If only he’d taken that job on Bergerac...

 

CONTAINS ADULT MATERIAL.

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