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Bookshelf: Television Jubilee (1961) by Gordon Ross

Gordon Ross’s Television Jubilee: The Story of Twenty-Five Years of BBC Television (London: W. H. Allen, 1961) was published in the run-up to the quarter-century anniversary of the start of the BBC Television service from Alexandra Palace. Exactly fifty years on, the book is valuable both as an outline history of the first years and as a kind of self-portrait of the medium at that moment. Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Mid-Century Drama (1962) by Laurence Kitchin

Let’s see how this develops but my sense is that ‘Bookshelf’ entries might be volumes from other contexts or disciplines apart from media studies. So my first contribution is a study from nearly fifty years ago by the critic Laurence Kitchin, Mid-Century Drama. I am particularly interested in the book’s attitude towards television. Continue reading

Emitron camera at Alexandra Palace