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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Bending the Willow

Beautiful hardback book released during the 1990s.

 

Now updated by the author and re-released with new photographic content.

 

Eagerly awaited by Sherlock Holmes fans worldwide. A stunning portrait of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

 

Pre-order now. Released 1st September 2022.

£22.99

Dawson and Dixie

German television special with Les Dawson and George Sewell.

 

Never seen in the UK.

 

Extras: Les Dawson on The Blackpool Show, ABC 1967.

Subtitles for German language sections.

 

TV Brain exclusive.

£12.99

Sherlock Holmes - The Peter Cushing Interview

 

Sherlock Holmes – The Peter Cushing Interview

 

 

 

Illustrated with clips from missing episodes of the famous BBC 1968 series

 

 

 

 

Broadcast in Avroskoop,  a series made by AVRO , this edition transmitted on 20th March 1971 saw Peter Cushing talk extensively about his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for the BBC in 1968.

 

 

 

Extras:

 

Found in Belgium, various missing clips from the famous BBC 1968 series, restored to full colour.

 

 

 

 

Colour

 

55 minutes

 

Available to pre-order now.

 

£24.99

The Comedy Makers / Greatest TV Sitcoms

An exclusive DVD/Book set for TV Brain.

 

A 1970 Dutch Tv documentary that followed the making of BBC and LWT sitcoms.

 

Come behind the scenes on Steptoe and Son, Please Sir and Hark at Barker to name but three.

 

Combined with a new book examining the greatest sitcoms. This is a superb reference tome, a huge book with photos.

 

£26.99

His Lordship Entertains

Episode 1

 

 

 

The only surviving episode of the classic Ronnie Barker sitcom restored to its full glory!

 

 

 

 

Ronnie Barker's famous character Lord Rustless swapped channels from ITV for this short BBC sitcom set in a hotel.

 

 

 

Originally shown from colour videotape, those recordings were wiped. During ITV's "Raiders of the Lost Archives" campaign in 2007 (which was run by Kaleidoscope) ITV were offered episode one of His Lordship Entertains which was in New Zealand. ITV declined because it was a BBC show. Kaleidoscope accepted and the print was shipped to the BBC and transferred. Due to modern technology Jonathan Coley and his amazing colour restoration processes created a new colour master to be screened at the BFI's annual Missing Believed Wiped on 27th November 2021.

 

 

 

Now you can own it on DVD.

 

TV Brain exclusive. Pre-order now.

 

£19.99

Ronnie Wolfe A Life in Memoirs

The memoirs of Ronnie Wolfe, comedy writer of On the Buses and The Rag Trade amongst others.

 

Includes full copy of the 1989 comeback script for On the Buses that was planned but never made.

£17.99

Tony Hancock: Inside His Life in Words & Pictures STANDARD EDITION

Standard Hardback book perfect bound. 635 pages.

 

Released 18th August 2022.

 

 

Tony Hancock was one of our best loved comics and his legendary Hancock’s Half Hour series for the BBC was the inspiration for many comedy shows that were to follow.  With radio episodes regularly repeated on the BBC, it remains as popular today as ever.

Now, for the first time, readers are able to look behind Hancock the comedian and tell his life story through the phenomenal archive amassed by his brother, Roger, combined with material held by the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society.

Lucy Hancock (Hancock’s great niece) tells the story of his life through pictures, correspondence and much more, most of it never published before.  The book also includes a complete chronological timeline of Hancock’s life featuring stage shows and broadcasts previously unpublished.

This amazing collection of archive material is a must for all Hancock fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour and bw images throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a HUGE book and over 2kg in weight. The postage reflects the heavy weight of this book.

 

 

 

 

 

£34.99

Tony Hancock: Inside His Life in Words & Pictures LIMITED EDITION DUSTJACKET

 

Limited Edition Hardback book with dustjacket. 100 copies only exclusive to TV Brain. 635 pages.

 

Released 18th August 2022

 

 

Tony Hancock was one of our best loved comics and his legendary Hancock’s Half Hour series for the BBC was the inspiration for many comedy shows that were to follow.  With radio episodes regularly repeated on the BBC, it remains as popular today as ever.

Now, for the first time, readers are able to look behind Hancock the comedian and tell his life story through the phenomenal archive amassed by his brother, Roger, combined with material held by the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society.

Lucy Hancock (Hancock’s great niece) tells the story of his life through pictures, correspondence and much more, most of it never published before.  The book also includes a complete chronological timeline of Hancock’s life featuring stage shows and broadcasts previously unpublished.

This amazing collection of archive material is a must for all Hancock fans.

 

 

 

Colour and bw images throughout.

 

 

 

This is a HUGE book and over 2kg in weight. The postage reflects the heavy weight of this book.

 

£39.99

Hancock - the ATV series

Tony Hancock's legendary 1963 series shown by ITV.

 

3-disc set including many extras.

 

Extras include:

Hancocks - all suriving audio and video footage from the 1967 ABC ITV series.

Telescope -a  Canadian programme interviewing Tony Hancock about his career.

 

LIMITED EDITION - first 200 copies contain exclusive two postcards.

£32.99

Late Night Horror

A classic 1968 BBC horror play, The Corpse Can't Play, restored to colour.

 

Plus a book about the series Late Night Horror, and a specially-made trail from 1968.

 

£24.00

The Tony Hancock Show

The first series of the 1956 ITV series. Series 2 does not survive.

 

Includes small book about the ITV series written by Martin Gibbons, THAS member.

£24.00

Sound and Vision - Individual Volume purchase

Definitive guide to pre-war television, grouped in years. Seven volumes to choose from.

 

Please state which volume you want at checkout.

 

Volumes 1-5 are actual information.

 

Volumes 6-7 are Appendices A and B.

 

£35.00

Kaleidoscope Television Archives Assets

Holdings of the Kaleidoscope Archives.

£25.00

You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two

Memoirs of Stephen Komlosy, manager of Patti Boulaye.

£18.00

The Faith of a Child

Memoirs of Patti Boulaye the singer.

£22.00