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Missing Believed Wiped: Searching for the Lost Treasures of British Television

Authors: Fiddy, Dick

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A volume for collectors and enthusiasts of British television that explores the history and destruction of celebrated British television programmes. It lists in detail some of the most important missing material. The book reveals the exciting possibilities of recovering such valuable items in the future and tells stories of how programmes once thought lost have been returned, including dome through the British Film Institute's "Missing, Believed Wiped" initiative. Lack of storage space, the high cost of videotape and the (mistaken) belief that black and white television programmes had no commercial future after the advent of colour are all reasons cited for the destruction of the television programmes. However it appears there is a public desire for nostalgia and an appetite for classic, cult television. This has led to a treasure hunt, and this book recounts tales of historical mistakes, serendipitous finds and serious sleuthing. A useful guide to those searching for television material classified as "Missing, Believed Wiped". Programmes disscussed include: the plays of Dennis Potter and David Mercer, "Quatermass", "A for Andromeda", "Dr Who", "The Avengers" and "The Likely Lads".

About the authors

Dick Fiddy is a TV consultant contracted to the bfi. He has scripted and researched various TV archive shows including The A to Z of TV, 1001 Nights of TV and TV Heaven (all for C4) and has written many magazines and newspapers features exploring the weird and wonderful world of TV.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Missing Believed Wiped: Searching for the Lost Treasures of British Television
Authors
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Softcover ISBN
978-0-85170-866-9
Edition Number
1
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