Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Hoping you are all well. In keeping with the time of year, there’s a Monster theme this month, don’t worry they aren’t incredibly scary! Our new Monster Collection Volume 2 brings you some creature features to ‘enjoy’ with some interesting monsters that will only mildly terrify you and appearances from some of the greats of the horror genre including Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and the ‘bewitching’ Agnes Moorehead. Just £15 for the whole set!
Noel’s book Reel To Real is hot off the press – literally! I am very proud that we have finally been able to publish Noel’s memoirs. It’s taken me so many years to encourage him to tell his life story and it makes a truly fascinating read, with stories you won’t know, from working with stars such as Prunella Scales, George Cole and Mickey Rooney to glimpses into my own childhood. I never knew if I was coming home from school to a film crew or to find Norman Wisdom at the dining table. The book reveals dad’s struggles, his highs and lows and the climax of his career, the launch of Talking Pictures TV. The limited edition copies will be signed by Noel. Get yours quick – the perfect gift for film lovers.
We have produced a beautiful set of festive cards featuring British Cinemas in Snow, some now sadly demolished, but others restored and still running. The luxury cards are A5 size, and each has a short history of the cinema it features on the back. Every pack you buy helps to support Film and TV History; you can use them as cinematic Christmas cards or give them as a gift!
Our ever popular calendar is now in stock, it also makes a lovely gift and features stars you love including Joan Sims, Oliver Reed, Richard Todd, Kathleen Byron, and many more, as well as some vintage montages, stars’ birthdays, interesting facts about Film & TV History and annual events and public holidays. Due to popular request we have made the boxes as big as the design allows while giving you interesting and useful information. Not everyone will be there, but we have featured many other favourites in the past and there’s always next year!
Harry Worth fans will be delighted to see that a DVD of Here’s Harry is included this month. It’s a treat to watch him again with so many comedy stalwarts, setting the standard for the comics who followed. Our £20 offer this month has a canal boat theme, with Painted Boats, Charles Crichton’s film about this forgotten aspect of British life; plus John Sergeant in Barging Around Britain, a journey along some of Britain’s best canals. We also have a box set of Dial 999 with all 39 original episodes. The series starts on TPTV at 6pm on Tuesday 18th October.
Some wonderful premieres this autumn, including Mona Lisa with Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine; Paul Newman in The Hustler; Gracie Fields in Holy Matrimony; Maggie Smith and Michael Palin in A Private Function and a rare showing of Undercover with John Clements and Godfrey Tearle. The Cellar Club with Caroline Munro also serves up some suitably spooky fare.
We were sad to say goodbye to Robert Fyfe, Last of the Summer Wine actor who appeared in the first episode of Doctor Finlay’s Casebook and The Gentle Touch. Also John Challis, star of Only Fools and Horses who appeared in Dixon of Dock Green, Softly Softly and Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? We were especially sad to hear our dear friend John Hannam also recently passed away. He was a favourite at our festivals over the years, a skilled interviewer, broadcaster and writer and a truly lovely man.
We very much enjoyed catching up with many of you in Stockport, many thanks to all who came! Please keep spreading the word and don’t forget, the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday 31st October!