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

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Scarecrow Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 153 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Lateral Thinking
1
A Farm in Africa
21
Quite Easily Done
55
Blarney
75
Tilting at Windmills
83
Nobody Ordered Blizzards
105
A Rose among the Thorns
117
Kiwifruit and Sauerkraut
127
Cut
141
Afterword
145
Christopher Neames Films and Series for Television Dates of Actual Production
147
Index
149
About the Author
153
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About the author (2004)

\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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