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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Here's a House Volume 1: Play School

The first volume in the history of Play School.

£21.67

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

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

Here's a House Volume 2: Play School

Volume two of a history of Play School.

£24.99

Out of the Unknown [UK postage]

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

£17.99

Inside Updown [UK postage]

The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs.

£37.99

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