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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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.


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


Hardback book with dustjacket. 750 pages.


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book also includes a complete chronological timeline of Hancock’s life featuring stage shows and broadcasts previously unpublished.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.


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Hancock - the ATV series

Tony Hancock's legendary 1963 series shown by ITV.

3-disc set.

Complete series, uncut.


Extra disc of extras TBC but including:

Commercials featuring Tony Hancock

Photo Gallery

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

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


Extensive booklet




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.





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.


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.



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.


"I was given this book as a gift, and it turned-out to be an unexpected gem. Autobiographical in nature, it details the early life of Stephen Komlosy, and his move into show business managing the top British pop singers of the 1960s, and becoming responsible for the UK tours of artists as varied as Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees. However, the main focus of the book is on events in and around his management of Lionel Bart, the creator of the hit musical “Oliver”, and specifically what happens on their trip to the USA.  colourful set of events ensue during this period, involving both Komlosy’s liaisons, and the debacle of trying to manage an ‘unmanageable’ Lionel Bart.


I would have liked a short epilogue as I had a thirst for knowing “What happened next?” !!


Overall, an interesting and enjoyable read full of insight into the 1960s pop and entertainment scene. Well worth reading, and I look forward to the movie!" - Dominic



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.


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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.