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Missing Believed Wiped: Searching for the Lost Treasures of British Television (BFI Film Classics (Paperback)) [Paperback]

Dick Fiddy
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1 Oct 2001 BFI Film Classics
"Missing, Believed Wiped" is a book for collectors and enthusiasts of British Television. It explores the history and destruction of celebrated British television programs and lists in detail some of the most important missing material. Above all, the author reveals the exciting possibilities of recovering such valuable items in the future and tells the fascinating stories of how programs once thought lost have been returned, including some through the British Film Institute's "Missing, Believed Wiped" initiative. Serious dramas, sci-fi shows, pop programs (such as "Thank Your Lucky Stars"), swashbucklers ("The Gay Cavalier"), cop shows, comedy, factual programs ("Tyranny") and all the other TV genres suffered from the purges of most of the major TV broadcasters.Lack of storage space, the high cost of videotape (which could be re-used) and the (mistaken) belief that black and white television programs had no commercial future after the coming of color, were all cited as reasons for the destruction. However, the establishment of the commercial video industry, new TV channels entirely dedicated to vintage viewing, and the public's seemingly insatiable appetite for classic, cult, and nostalgic TV established beyond doubt the folly of the wiping and junking decisions, declaring the practice a financial embarrassment at best, cultural hooliganism at worst.But this book chronicles a treasure hunt, not a witch hunt. It is a tale of historical mistakes, serendipitous finds and serious sleuthing. It is a valuable guide to those searching in the future for TV material long classified as Missing, Believed Wiped. Missing programs discussed include: plays by Dennis Potter and David Mercer, "Quatermass", "A for Andromeda and Doctor Who", "The Avengers", "Armchair Theatre", "The Likely Lads", and "Till Death Us Do Part".

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing (1 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851708668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851708669
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,045,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this in London a few years back and have returned to it as a source of reference on many occasions. In a nut-shell, both the BBC and ITV went through a process in the early 70s of either junking tapes of screened tv programmes or re-using them, seeing little value in the material they were destroying. Of course, in these enlightened times, we know the value of this material and can measure it in the emotions such a myopic process carried out back then now envokes. This lists the majority of the most desired programmes now unlikely to be seen again. Unlikey, as some may have been copied and may currently be languishing in the vaults of foreign studios. Dick Fiddy has done a wonderful job; it would be nice to see an update as more are found (hopefully).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time 20 July 2013
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Purchased this in the mistaken belief that from the BFI I might be getting a book with some insight, and comment -instead I got a collection of lists readily available on-line and very little else. Sad to say, this item is really not worth the effort even if it were being given away.
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