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  • The Second City Unscriptedby Mike Thomas

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 26.00

    In 1959, a group of like-minded Chicagoans joined forces to open a hip new venue dedicated to coffee, cigarettes, conversation, and comedy. The result, a nightly cabaret featuring a troupe of inventive young actors skewering everything from politics to popular culture in witty, rapid-fire, improvised scenes, not only made delighted audiences laugh?it... more...

  • Lost's Buried Treasuresby Lynnette Porter; David Lavery; Hillary Robson

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2009; US$ 10.99

    Lost's Buried Treasures is the ultimate unauthorized guide to the ideas that have influenced the show and its writers. more...

  • Television Fraud: The History and Implications of the Quiz Show Scandalsby J. Kent Anderson

    ABC-CLIO 1979; US$ 41.00

    Anderson provides an unprecedented probe into the inner workings of the quiz shows. He details their honest beginnings and explains how the practice of supplying answers grew out of a desire to keep popular contestants on the air as long as possible to boost ratings. more...

  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Businessby Dick Van Dyke

    Crown/Archetype 2011; US$ 16.00

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.             His trailblazing television program, The Dick Van Dyke Show (produced... more...

  • Rayby Ray Martin

    Penguin Random House Australia 2010; US$ 13.83

    The bestselling autobiography of one of Australia's most loved personalities is now in paperback. Ray Martin tells the story of his less than stellar introduction to the glamorous world of television. Before Ray had even got to high school, he had lived in thirteen different places, in three Australian states, mostly in the bush. His father was... more...

  • A History of Independent Television in Walesby Jamie Medhurst

    University of Wales Press 2010; US$ 35.00

    This book provides, for the first time, a detailed historical narrative and critical analysis of independent television (ITV) in Wales. Focusing primarily on the critical years of the 1950s and 1960s, and drawing on key archival sources from Wales and beyond, it locates the history of ITV within wider debates over national identity, language and culture... more...

  • Rooneby Roone Arledge

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    Roone Arledge's extraordinary career of more than a half century mirrors the history of the television industry he helped create. Roone is the vivid, intimate account of his own rise to fame and power as the head of both ABC Sports and ABC News as well as an up-close-and- personal story of his era, peopled with friends and foes alike. more...

  • The Simpsonsby John Ortved

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 7.39

    The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both young and old who wanted more from their entertainment than what was being meted out at the time by the likes of Full House , Growing Pains... more...

  • What's Up Doc?by Hilary Jones

    Transworld 2010; US$ 12.68

    For Dr Hilary Jones, the question 'What's up doc?' has been asked of him ever since he qualified as a doctor at the Royal Free hospital in London over thirty years ago. As a junior medic patients used to ask him 'What's up?' when he prodded their bellies for signs of appendicitis. On the GMTV sofa presenters ask him 'What's up?' with the latest actress... more...

  • The Devil Rides Outby Paul O'Grady

    Transworld 2010; US$ 12.68

    Birkenhead, 1973. The eighteen-year-old Paul O'Grady gets ready for a big Saturday night out on the town. New white T-shirt, freshly ironed jeans, looking good. As he bids farewell to his mum, who's on the phone to his auntie, and wanders off down the street in a cloud of aftershave, he hears her familiar cry: 'Oh, the devil rides out tonight, Annie.... more...