Reading the Decades by John Sutherland (BBC ISBN 0-563-48810-7, 2002)
As we've been talking about TV tie-in books this past week, I thought I'd bring you one that I was actually involved in. Not the book, although I do get an entry in the index and I'm briefly quoted, but the TV show.
Reading the Decades was a BBC2 series, billed as “forty years of books that changed the world,” broadcast in April 2002. Each of the four shows featured segments on different authors popular in the 1950s to the 1980s. The first show, broadcast on April 6th, 2002, featured a five-minute piece on Hank Janson.
There's a brief P.S. to all this: I was watching a BBC documentary on Spivs a couple of years later and there they were again. My hands opening a plastic sleeve and sliding out a Hank Janson book!
Never did get my repeat fee...
(* Apologies about the quality of the screengrabs. Reading the Decades © BBC.)