Welcome to the website of Kaleidoscope, the classic TV organisation. In 1992 we began publishing books about the history of UK television. These books were unique because we list FULL ARCHIVE HOLDINGS for thousands of UK series. Now the sum of all that knowledge is contained in TV Brain. TV Brain contains information more accurate than IMDB or Wikipedia. It's based on the Radio Times, TV Times, scripts, watching thousands of programmes, huge written archives donated to Kaleidoscope, and our huge archive. A small part of the archive can be watched online aswell. So if you want to find out what exists in the archives, or read about untransmitted pilots and series, TV Brain is a comprehensive, searchable history of UK television dating back to 1936.

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Welcome to Kaleidoscope’s TV Brain

The collective host of all our knowledge

Britain’s longest-established television heritage organisation. Est 1987

Preservation ‐ Access ‐ Information ‐ Dedication

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Testimonials

Sue Malden, Focal and former BBC Archive Selector
2017-02-06, 11:05
“When I launched the Treasure Hunt for missing programmes from the BBC Archive nearly 15 years ago it was encouraging to know that Kaleidoscope were in the background helping and more importantly still there doing great work tracing missing TV.”
Richard Jeffs, The Baim Collection Limited
2017-02-06, 16:02
“Chris Perry's "Kaleidoscope" organisation enjoys a unique position as the holder of "media" that larger companies have lost or deserted. There is no doubt that Kaleidoscope has saved a remarkable number of television programmes and other material and artefacts, that would have been lost for future generations without the care and enthusiasm of Chris and his team.

In addition Chris has overseen the publication of many volumes about radio and television and the history of this "new media". Kaleidoscope has given a voice to many people who worked on the setting up and operating of early television; people whose voice is very often not heard but who, as practitioners, have an inside knowledge that has been the foundation that has made Britain one of the leading exponents of the art of television.

Kaleidoscope has also spread the word about Archive and the history of the media with some remarkably popular events which have added to the general enthusiasm for archive and more importantly made archive available to a wide audience.

TV Brain is the latest innovation that will provide insight and enthusiasm. All power and good luck!”
David Hamilton, Presenter
2017-02-06, 11:06
“Years ago, often for financial reasons, television companies wiped or recorded over iconic shows that were lost forever. Or so it seemed… Some individuals video recorded their favourite programmes. In many cases the quality was as good as the original. Lots of these tapes have been donated to Kaleidoscope making it the definitive library of rare and ‘lost’ TV shows. Now, of course, the TV companies want them back to show them again. Kaleidoscope events are a ‘must’ for people in the television industry and TV buffs.”