on 7 March 2014
Delighted to see this book is available for Kindle after its original limited print run. The story of the inception and development of breakfast television from the 1980s onwards is something that always fascinates TV enthusiasts and when you read this meticulously researched tale of it all, you will understand why. Everything is covered here, the precursors, the surprise format of Breakfast Time, the disastrous birth of TV-am and its renaissance, changes in the 1990s with the Big Breakfast et al. All woven into a compelling narrative and featuring contributions from every big name involved at the time. I cannot recommend this highly enough, easily one of the best books ever written about television history and one I find myself coming back to time and again.
on 16 February 2013
For anyone like me who is interested in the history of Breakfast TV, this is an excellent book.
The author has clearly done his research and there are insightful quotes from key figures in the industry including John Stapleton, Nick Owen, Nick Ross and Nicholas Witchell. I found the analysis spot on, although I do not know what Sophie Raworth has done to offend Mr Jones as I think she is great!
on 12 February 2007
... A definitive overview of the history of British breakfast television. OK, I have a vested interested in this book as I supplied the illustrations (the only thing about the whole project that anyone's ever criticised) - but, believe me, I'm not on a percentage or anything.
This is a gloriously well-researched and beautifully written account of 20 years of broadcasting. You don't have to be interested in GMTV to get something out of Morning Glory; it's a fine document of the television industry per se. Think Michael Leapman's The Last Days Of The Beeb meets Andrew Davidson's Under The Hammer. It's that good. Plus, Greg Dyke's in there.
I don't know why it's taken me so long to file a review of it, really.