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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Sound and Vision - Individual Volume purchase

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


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Volumes 1-5 are actual information.


Volumes 6-7 are Appendices A and B.



Kaleidoscope Television Archives Assets

Holdings of the Kaleidoscope Archives.


You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two

Memoirs of Stephen Komlosy, manager of Patti Boulaye.


The Faith of a Child

Memoirs of Patti Boulaye the singer.


Sound and Vision

The definitive history pre-war television.


All transmissions pre war.


Seven volume set. Hardback.


TV Detectives Volume 1

DVD of Dinner Date with Death and Inspector Morley.


Alfred Burke

DVD interview with Alfred Burke, star of Public Eye.


The Ads Show

DVD of TV series about the history of advertising, with a humourous twist.


1 copy left before all stock is gone.


Freewheelers: Calling White Knight

A history of the Southern Television series Freewheelers.


The Complete Sacred Geometrical Works of Joan Moore

The drawings of Joan Moore, all in one volume. Includes new material.


They Shoot Directors, Don't They?

The memoirs of Philip Saville, the famous director.


Out of the Unknown [Non-UK postage]

Out of the Unknown detailed book.


Inside Updown [Non UK postage]

The story of Upstairs, Downstairs.


Inconsequential and Irrelevant

The memoirs of Mike McStay, actor.