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'SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS FOR EVER!'
We are very pleased to announce the imminent publication of our latest title, 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons' by Sophie Neville.
Sophie won the hearts of children everywhere when she played Able-seaman Titty Walker in the classic 1974 film, alongside Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser and Suzanna Hamilton. Using extracts from the diary she kept as a 12-year-old, Sophie has written a charming account of the making of the movie on location in the Lake District.
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout by the photos her parents took at the time, official publicity stills, and Sophie's own hand-drawn maps of the filming locations, inspired by the endpapers of the Arthur Ransome books.
The Making of Swallows & Amazons, which includes 16 pages of colour plates, can be preordered here.
Copies signed by Titty herself can also be preordered - only available through Classic TV Press!
We recently interviewed Sophie about the book and her time making the film - listen here.
15 October 2013 - Tenko memorabilia! - signed photos and books
We now have a limited number of photos and Remembering Tenko books signed by Tenko cast members for sale here - have a look and get a wonderful addition to your Tenko collection!
Don't forget that Ray Ogden's beautiful Tenko Remembered prints are also still available here.
15 May 2013 - Pulling Faces now available on Amazon Kindle for 99p!
For a limited time only, Helen Goldwyn's 'Pulling Faces' is available on Kindle for the special introductory price of just 99p! So there's no excuse not to take a punt and get yourself a very enjoyable read, and support your favourite small publisher in the process! Go on, you know you want to...
We also now have a few copies of the book signed by Louise Jameson, available to order from the Upstage shop page.
15 April 2013 - 'Pulling Faces' by Helen Goldwyn published 20 April
The latest publication from our theatre imprint UPSTAGE is the brilliant 'Pulling Faces', written by the very talented Helen Goldwyn (whom some of you will know from her work with Big Finish) for Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Tenko). Louise also edited the play and has written a foreword for the book, in which she describes the play as 'the biggest challenge of my career'.
This one-woman play, in which Louise played all twelve parts, is a wonderfully acerbic comedy about society's obsession with youth, beauty and transformation, which recently toured the UK to great acclaim.
'Pulling Faces' is illustrated with a colour plates section, and is now available to order.
Louise will be signing copies of the book at the BFI following their Robots of Death event on 20 April - see here for info.
2 January 2013 - 'Tenko Remembered' prints by Ray Ogden
Tenko's original titles designer, Ray Ogden, who provided the beautiful illustrations and cover artwork for our Tenko book, has produced two sets of these illustrations which are now available to buy. The limited edition prints, entitled 'Tenko Remembered', are mounted, individually numbered and signed by Ray, and come with a signed authentication certificate. See here for further information.
A truly special piece of Tenko memorabilia!
20 November 2012 - Tenko Kindle, NEC Reunion and Cult Publishers Expo interview
The Kindle version of our Tenko book is now available. If you read it on a Kindle Fire, a PC, or an iPad then all the photographs that weren't originally black and white are in glorious colour, that means over 200 colour photos! Hooray!
This Sunday sees a second Tenko Reunion in as many months at the NEC Memorabilia show. As well as signings and photo opportunities there are plans for a Q&A panel. Cast attending are detailed further below.
Finally, if you want to see me being interviewed about my Tenko book and Michael E. Briant's brilliant memoirs or the very lovely and talented Joanne Black being interviewed about her Being Human book then watch the video below c/o of the fantastic Fantom Films chaps:
06 November 2012 - Reunion II
Hot on the heels of our recent book launch/reunion at the Imperial War Museum (see further below) in association with Fantom Films we are now organising another Tenko Reunion.
This time the venue is the Memorabilia show at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 25th November. A number of cast members will be in attendance, signing photos and posing for photographs with fans. We will be there alongside them selling copies of our book.
Cast attending the event are as follows:
Ann Bell (Marion)
Damien Thomas (Jake) will also be attending, although he's not one of our guests.
Tickets for the show can be purchased here
Yesterday, a large number of cast, crew and fans converged on the Imperial War Museum London for a very special celebration of the much-loved Tenko and the launch of our new book:
The event took place in the museum's cinema and began with a wine reception. A video montage and clips from the series were then shown - to appreciative applause from the audience - followed by heartfelt speeches by the writer of this new book, Andy Priestner, series creator Lavinia Warner and finally Louise Jameson (Blanche Simmons). After a reunion of over 20 members of cast and crew on stage there was a photocall on the steps of the museum, before an extensive signing session back in the cinema.
The video montage shown at the IWM:
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Signed copies of the book are available here. N.B. We pride ourselves on good customer service and always fulfil orders very quickly, and if you buy direct from us rather than Amazon then we retain more of the profit which we can invest in new titles.
Many thanks to Glen Allen and Ian Chambers respectively for producing these videos.
Creator Lavinia Warner and writer Jill Hyem will also be in attendance and signing.
23 September 2012 - Two free PDF extracts from Remembering Tenko
29 August 2012 - Book available for pre-order / Tickets for exclusive signing event
2 August 2012 - 'Remembering Tenko' published in October
Three years in the writing, Remembering Tenko, by Tenko afficionado Andy Priestner, is the definitive story of one of the BBC's best-loved dramas. The book gathers contributions from virtually all of the series' cast and crew and is authorised by Tenko creator Lavinia Warner who also provides the foreword.
From its first scenes filmed at Ealing's water tank in April 1981 to its last at TV Centre in October 1985, Remembering Tenko tells the story of the series production: its casting, its groundbreaking storylines, and its location filming in the UK and the Far East. It also details the critical and public reaction to this hugely successful ensemble drama which was regularly watched by over 15 million viewers.
The tome also examines Tenko's origins and how meeting the real women of the Japanese internment camps inspired TV researcher Lavinia Warner to pitch a drama series to the BBC in the first place. Every episode is reviewed in depth as Tenko's themes, storylines and characters are explored and analysed.
The book is lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs including shots from the private photo albums of cast and crew, together with official publicity photos from the Radio Times and the BBC. The cover artwork has been produced byTenko's original titles designer, the talented Ray Ogden, who has also provided internal illustrations.
Cast contributors include: Ann Bell (Marion), Stephanie Beacham (Rose), Louise Jameson (Blanche), Stephanie Cole (Beatrice), Veronica Roberts (Dorothy), Burt Kwouk (Yamauchi), Claire Oberman (Kate), Elizabeth Chambers (Mrs Van Meyer), Joanna Hole (Sally), Jeananne Crowley (Nellie), Josephine Welcome (Miss Hasan), Philippa Urquhart (Lillian), Anna Lindup (Daisy), Lizzie Mickery (Maggie), Cindy Shelley (Alice), Elspet Gray (Phyllis), Ann Queensberry (Judith), Jonathan Newth (Clifford), Damien Thomas (Jake), Edmund Pegge (Bernard), Wendy Williams (Vicky), and Kerry Tovey (Suzy).
Crew contributors include: Lavinia Warner, writers: Jill Hyem and Anne Valery, script editors: Evgeny Gridneff and Devora Pope, composer: James Harpham, costume designer: Robin Stubbs; and directors: David Tucker, Michael Owen Morris and the late Pennant Roberts.
Running to over 700 pages Remembering Tenko is a comprehensive book on this hugely popular drama series. It will be published on Monday 22nd October 2012 - 31 years after the broadcast of Tenko's very first episode - and will be available for pre-order from this site in a few weeks time. Also available on Kindle.
Front Cover: © Ray Ogden, Classic TV Press
4 May 2012 - 'Who is Michael E. Briant?' out now!
'Who is Michael E. Briant?' is available in paperback and Kindle editions - details of how to order can be foundhere.
We also hope to soon have the eBook available in other formats - watch this space!
We're very proud of the book here at Classic TV Press, and are sure you will enjoy it too!
18 March 2012 - 'Who is Michael E. Briant?' now available for pre-order
There may not have been many updates here over the last few months but that doesn't mean we've not been busy here at Classic TV Press Towers. In fact we've been industriously prepping two exciting new titles: a definitive book on the classic women prisoner of war drama Tenko, which is set to be published with considerable fanfare in October; and the immensely readable memoirs of classic Who director Michael E. Briant.
Michael E. Briant directed numerous episodes of classic TV series throughout the 1970s such as Blake’s 7, Secret Army, Warship and most famously Doctor Who. Many of his Who stories (The Sea Devils, The Green Death and Robots of Death) are regarded as all-time greats by fans of the series.
In this memoir, Briant reminisces about his life and work, from his beginnings as a child actor in the 1950s, followed by a highly successful career working for the BBC and later for Dutch television, right through to his impressive circumnavigation of the world and attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. He includes separate chapters on each of his Doctor Who stories and also shares memories of his early years on the programme in the 1960s, while he was working his way up in the TV profession, and William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton were at the TARDIS controls. The book's foreword is written by another Doctor Who legend - The Daleks and The Daemons director - Christopher Barry.
'Who is Michael E. Briant?' will be published on 4 May and can bepre-ordered here.
26 September 2011 - A Guide to Being Human now available on Kindle
A Guide to Being Human: Series 1-3 is also now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. Joanne Black's entertaining look at all things Being Human covers everything from Aidan Turner to Zombies. As with the print version, the book is illustrated by Chris Wreford. Links to the listings on the .co.uk, .com and .de Amazon sites can be found on the book's shop page here.
5 September 2011 - The Pandorica Opens now available on Kindle
Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens, Frank Collins's well-received tome on Matt Smith's first series as the Eleventh Doctor, is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. Links to the listings on the .co.uk, .com and .de Amazon sites can be found on the book's shop page here.
As well as on the Kindle reader itself, the eBook can be read on other devices including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7, with the added advantage that all images will be in colour. Kindle Apps for these devices can be downloaded for free from Amazon.
If you don't have a Kindle and would like to buy one, please support Classic TV Press by using the appropriate link below (takes you to the Amazon product page):
30 July 2011 - Caroline Blakiston's Black Bread & Cucumber now available
Black Bread & Cucumber is the tale of acclaimed actress Caroline Blakiston's experiences performing in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in Russia in Russian. Blakiston evocatively describes her time living and working in Taganrog (Chekhov's birthplace) and Moscow - a contribution to Russian theatre that earned her a Golden Globe. The book is illustrated throughout.
Blakiston (left - signing copies at the National Theatre) who is best known for her starring roles inMiss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (Bess Sedgwick), Brass (Lady Patience Hardacre) and Return of the Jedi (Mon Mothma) has performed Black Bread & Cucumber all over the world, but this is the first time it has been made available in print.
3 July 2011 - Being Human - new guide to Series 1-3 is published on Friday
We are very pleased to announce that Joanne Black has expanded on her original Being Human book to include an in-depth guide to the acclaimed third series of the supernatural drama series. You can pre-order the new book here.
Joanne Black's first book for Classic TV Press which examined the first two series of Being Human, published last November, was described by Total Sci-fi Online as a "comprehensive guide to the first two seasons of the hit BBC Three show" adding that "it’s clear that the author has a great deal of love for, and knowledge of Toby Whithouse’s cult show."
Joanne will be signing copies of her new book at the Classic TV Press stand atLondon Film and Comic Con.
30 June 2011 - UPSTAGE - the launch of our new theatre imprint
We are set to launch a new imprint focusing on the world of theatre, entitled 'UPSTAGE'.
Our first title, Black Bread & Cucumber (due for publication on 15 July), is a true story written by well-known former RSC actress Caroline Blakiston (right), which she has performed as a one-woman show all around the world. Through this evocative story Blakiston shares her remarkable experiences as the first English actress to play in Chekhov, in Russia, in Russian.
Blakiston has appeared in many television series and films including: Brass; Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel; and Return of the Jedi (as Mon Mothma, see image opposite).
21 February 2011 - New Blake's 7 book announced
Established writer David McIntee is set to examine the reasons for the enduring appeal of Terry Nation’s cult space opera Blake’s 7 in a new tome to be published by Classic TV Press.
17 February 2011 - The Pandorica Opens reviewed in DWM
We were delighted to see that the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine (issue 431) features another positive review of Frank Collins's book The Pandorica Opens.
Reviewer Vanessa Bishop gives a good overview of the content and style of the book, before summing it up as:
You can purchase your copy of The Pandorica Openshere
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