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A History Of Television In 100 Programmes - Phil Norman



Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

A History Of Television In 100 Programmes

A History of Television in 100 Programmes
An entertaining and illuminating celebration of televisual history by cultural historian Phil Norman

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The wonderful variety of programmes in the book includes overlooked gems and justly wiped follies, overcooked spectaculars and underfunded experiments - just as much a part of TV history as the national treasures and stone-cold classics. A History of Television in 100 Programmes revels in the days when television was at the most exciting, creative stage of any medium: a cottage industry with the world at its feet.

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Number of Pages 304


'This alternative history of the "idiot's lantern" gathers a hundred programmes to chart eighty-odd years of televisual evolution: the early, chaotic years; the foolhardy, unselfconscious and creatively energetic years before commerce eventually knocked those fascinating corners off its character. At its best and at its worst, television is brutally honest and charmingly deceitful, sentimentally partisan and coldly dispassionate, obscenely lavish and ludicrously cheap. Its death has been predicted many times, but somehow it survives to this day. This book shows how'