?The book is written specifically for an American audience assumed to be unfamiliar with British television. The articles include full credits for each actor, and for the more prominent individuals, a bibliography of articles from a mix of British and American publications (everything from TV Guide to scholarly books about Patrick McGoohan's strange allegorical television series The Prisoner, which McGoohan both created and starred in). Above all, these vignettes are mature and well written, and scholarly without being overly sober, flippant, or adulatory. A worthwhile acquisition for any academic or public library.?-Choice
About the Author
ANTHONY SLIDE is the author or editor of more than 50 books on the history of popular entertainment and editor of the Scarecrow Press Filmmakers series./e Among Slide's previous books for Greenwood Press are "The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville" (1994), "The Television Industry: A Historical Dictionary" (1991), and "The American Film Industry" A Historical Dictionary. He is the former associate archivist of the American Film Institute and resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also a documentary filmmaker. In 1990, in recognition of his work in documenting the history of popular entertainment, Slide was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University.