A Take on British TV Drama: Stories from the Golden Years

A Take on British TV Drama: Stories from the Golden Years


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810850125
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/23/2004
Series: Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #112
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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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