a wealth of diligent and intelligent research, in a form
suitable either as a library reference work or for idle,
random perusal from a bathroom shelf. 9/10" TV
"It is a rare publication that comes
along these days that can be deemed an essential purchase.
This is one of them." Cult TV
The Hill and Beyond was published by the British
Film Institute in March 2003. It is an encyclopedic reference
book covering 50 years of television drama made for children
between 1950 and 2000 - whether you want to look back
or learn more about Grange Hill, The Chronicles
of Narnia or beyond this is the book you need.
Written by Alistair D. McGown and Mark J. Docherty, the
book aims to give just the right balance of coverage and
data to both classics and obscurities. BBC and ITV, black
and white and colour, period or contemporary or futuristic
science-fiction, adventure or issues-based, 1950s, 60s
, 70s, 80s and 90s ... it's all here. 300 series are covered,
from single plays to long-running series, hopefully including
all remakes and sequels from down the years. The series
given coverage are listed below - note that for example
while Children of the New Forest is covered as
a 90s series, this entry also contains extensive info
on all previous TV adaptations.
"Whether your interest is nostalgia
or curiosity, study or research, this book is crammed
with a fascinating wealth of detail. The authors present
a personal, humorous yet authoritative overview of an
often neglected aspect of the British television culture,
one that is justifiably the envy of the world."
Richard Marson, Editor, Blue Peter
more about this book at these sites:
Available from all good bookshops and online stores and from official supplier Central Books
THE HILL AND BEYOND: CHILDREN'S
TELEVISION DRAMA - AN ENCYCLOPEDIA
Alistair D. McGown
& Mark J. Docherty
BFI Publishing, March 2003
Paperback, 300 pages. 60 photos.
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