Books

Kaleidoscope Publishing exists to promote the appreciation of British television in general and particularly ‘classic’ television programmes that many of us remember from years gone by.

“...a very enterprising group of people in the midlands called Kaleidoscope who specialise in looking at old programmes, gettings copies that everyone thinks have long disappeared and they find them and restore them, and they do credits lists for people like me.”   Alan Plater, CBE.

To this end we have published a number of guides to British television archive holdings. These guides include exhaustive information on the number of archived programmes and the format(s) that they are held in. We have created this website as a means by which visitors can get a flavour of just why our guides have been described as “invaluable resources for anyone wishing to research, or even with a general interest in, British television”.

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The Kaleidoscope British Christmas Television Guide 1937-2013

Information about TV programmes shown at Christmas.

£19.99

The British Television Pilot Episodes Research Guide 1936-2015

A Research Book by Simon Coward, Richard Down and Chris Perry.

£14.99

Serial Thrillers

The story of Paul Temple, Dick Barton – Special Agent, Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future, Journey Into Space and the adventure serial on British radio.

£16.99

The British Television Music & Light Entertainment Research Guide 1936-2012

The Bay City Rollers, The Spice Girls, Roxy Music, The Beatles, Take That, Slade, Tina Turner, Des O’Connor, Jack Jackson, Count Basie, Kylie Minogue, Jethro Tull and many many others are all currently appearing in The British Television Music & Light Entertainment Research Guide 1936-2012

£29.99

The Best of Times

Brian Tesler’s professional career encompassed TV’s entire post-war evolution from a single-channel BBC to the explosion of satellite and cable channels in the 1990s. Programmes were always at the heart of his career and this is a brief summary of their importance to it.

£27.99

Inside Updown

The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs.

£37.99

Out of the Unknown

Published in June 2004, this comprehensive book by Mark Ward has taken three years to produce.

£17.99

Here's a House Volume 2: Play School

Volume two of a history of Play School.

£24.99

The Thrilling Adventures of Sexton Blake

Often referred to as ‘The poor man’s Sherlock Holmes’ or ‘The schoolboy’s detective’, Sexton Blake has thrilled generations across the world for well over a hundred years.

£39.99

The Missing Adventures of Sexton Blake

Often referred to as ‘The poor man’s Sherlock Holmes’ or ‘The schoolboy’s detective’, Sexton Blake has thrilled generations across the world for well over a hundred years.

£39.99

Here's a House Volume 1: Play School

The first volume in the history of Play School.

£21.67

The British Television Comedy Research Guide 1936-2011

This book is a must-have for anybody interested in British comedy. It’s also the only book to comprehensively list untransmitted comedy pilots.

£29.99