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This book would not have been possible without conversation and interaction with the following, whom I wish to thank:

All the Executive Producers, especially Anna Home1 and Angela Beeching, Producers, fellow Directors; Set, Visual Effects, Costume and Make-up Designers, Lighting Directors, Technical Resources Managers, Sound Supervisors and crews, camera crews, Vision Mixers, Film and VT Editors, Video Effects Designers, Dubbing Mixers, Scene Crews, Engineers, outside broadcast teams, Directors of Photography (especially Martin Graham), Production and Floor Managers, Location Managers, Researchers, AFMs, Floor Assistants, actors, writers, musicians and Production Assistants (now usually called Script Supervisors).

Television programmes really do need teamwork!

I’d also like to thank my training colleagues including Gordon Croton, Robin Gwyn, Brian Phillips, Harris Watts and, especially for his thoughts on Drama, Andrew Higgs. Special thanks go to Trevor Hearing (now Senior Lecturer in Film and Media at Bournemouth University) for encouraging my work as a teacher and in starting this book.

At the University of Sunderland, as well as those listed above, I should also like to thank Colin Young for his help in setting up the studio with me for some of the photographs.

Finally many thanks to the team at Manchester University Press, who have made this book happen and to my Copyeditor, Sara Peacock, who smoothed out a lot of the bumps!


My grateful thanks go to all those who have contributed directly to the book, with information about current production practices: Jo Bunting, Yvonne Craven, Nerys Evans, Malcolm Johnson, Andy King, Stuart McDonald, Danny Popkin, Pennant Roberts, Daniel Shaw, Paul Tyler and Paul Wheeler;

For providing pictures and permissions, thanks to:

  • Alex Clarke (Welcome to ‘orty-Fou’ stills and designs in chapter 6)
  • Jonathan Godfrey (Holophone)
  • Geoff Hawkes
  • Georgie Hollett and Paul Thackray (BBC Studios and Post-Production Ltd)
  • Frank Kay (J.L. Fisher Inc.)
  • Len Moskowitz (Core Sound LLC)
  • Dave Neal (Harman Pro Group)
  • Ron Streicher (Pacific Audio-Visual Enterprises)
  • Graham Thomas (BBC Research and Development).

For granting permission to print the lyric of his song, Losing Time, thanks also to Les Payne At the University of Sunderland I should also like to thank: the former and current Deans of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Flavia Swann and Graeme Thompson; Alan Lifton for his US perspective and for his pictures; Chris Williams; students Nick Dudman, Maria Ferrie, Adam Gerber, Fay Kelly and Chloë Narine, who posed for illustrations; and the University for permission to quote from the Sunderland Studio document.

Extracts from The Salmon of Doubt (posthumously edited collection of writings by Douglas Adams, 2003), reproduced by kind permission of Pan Macmillan, London.

Extract from The Last Continent, by Terry Pratchett, 1998, reproduced by kind permission of Random House Group Ltd.


1 Though she went on to be Head of all sorts of things, Anna was the Executive Producer who took me on to adapt and direct on Jackanory.

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