Take On British Tv Drama

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After a successful career in movies, most notably Hammer films of the 1960s and 70s, writer/producer Christopher Neame applied his talents to several quality programs for British television. Faced with ever tightening financial constraints and often ludicrous situations, Neame and his colleagues nevertheless managed to produce a handful of gems. With a lighthearted perspective, the author recounts the challenges and rewards of working on such memorable productions as Danger U.X.B., The Knowledge, Q.E.D., The ...

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Overview

After a successful career in movies, most notably Hammer films of the 1960s and 70s, writer/producer Christopher Neame applied his talents to several quality programs for British television. Faced with ever tightening financial constraints and often ludicrous situations, Neame and his colleagues nevertheless managed to produce a handful of gems. With a lighthearted perspective, the author recounts the challenges and rewards of working on such memorable productions as Danger U.X.B., The Knowledge, Q.E.D., The Irish R.M., Monsignor Quixote, and The Flame Trees of Thika. He also recalls on-the-set experiences with, among others, actors Anthony Andrews, Alec Guinness, Nigel Hawthorne, Leo McKern, Hayley Mills, and Sam Waterston, as well as author Graham Greene. Includes 16 pages of photos.

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After a successful career in movies, most notably Hammer horror films of the 1960s-70s, writer/producer Neame applied his talents to several quality programs for British television. He recounts the challenges and rewards of working on popular programs, and recalls on-the-set experiences with notable actors, including Alec Guinness and Hayley Mills. B&w behind-the-scenes photos are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810850125
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #112
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Neame spent a number of years working on Hammer horror classics of the 1960s and 70s, which he recounts in his first book for Scarecrow Press, Rungs on a Ladder. His venture into television drama led to work on many memorable classics. He is currently producing a stage musical,Courtenay, for which he also wrote the book and lyrics. He has also written Secret World, a children's book. A Take on British TV Drama is his second title for Scarecrow.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Principal Characters Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Lateral Thinking Chapter 5 Chapter 2: A Farm in Africa Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Quite Easily Done Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Blarney Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Tilting at Windmills Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Nobody Ordered Blizzards! Chapter 10 Chapter 7: A Rose among the Thorns Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Kiwifruit and Sauerkraut Chapter 12 Chapter 9: "Cut!" Chapter 13 Afterword Chapter 14 Appendix: Christopher Neame's Films and Series for Television Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author

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