Into The Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (Revised & Updated)

Into The Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (Revised & Updated)

by Andy Murray


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Into The Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (Revised & Updated) by Andy Murray

Since the earliest blossoming of British television drama, scriptwriter Nigel Kneale has been a seminal figure. His BBC Quatermass serials were seismic events in Fifties popular culture, becoming internationally successful when adapted for the big screen. His later TV plays, such as The Road, The Stone Tape and The Year of the Sex Olympics, skilfully blended elements of science fiction and the ghost story, and remain hugely influential classics.

This fully revised new edition of Kneale's biography charts his extraordinary career, from his childhood on the Isle of Man, to his fraught days at the BBC, strange adventures in Hollywood, and eventually status as a legend to legions of devotees. It draws on a wealth of research and many hours of interviews with the subject himself, as well as prominent admirers including John Carpenter, Ramsey Campbell, Grant Morrison, Russell T Davies, and Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson of the League of Gentlemen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909394469
Publisher: Headpress
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A prolific writer and critic with a particular interest in cult British film and television, Andy Murray programmed the annual Darkness Over Britain screenings at Manchester’s Cornerhouse and was consultant to the BBC4 documentary The Kneale Tapes.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Not Rocket Science

Prologue: The Martian at the Top of the Stairs

1: Manx Tom

2: Spear-carrying and Other Stories

3: Cathode Ray Experiments

4: Big Bother

5: Bernard and Bray

6: Into the Pit

7: Pastures New

8: Stifling a Giggle

9: Staying with Auntie

10: Falling Out with Auntie

11: The Other Side

12: Bringing Bernard Back

13: Hollywood (Slight Return)

14: Central Location

15: Gow Dty Aash

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Selected Filmography



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