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61 film books that are well worth your time

10 December 2015 4:10 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Looking for good books about the movies to read? We've got a bumper selection of recommendations right here...

A confession. I actually started writing this article in 2013, and the reason you've only reading it now is that I've made sure I've read every book on this list, save for one or two where I've marked otherwise. As such, what you're getting is a very personal list of recommendations. Each of these books has at least something to it that I think is of interest to someone wanting to learn more about film - or just enjoy stories of movie making.

I've tended to avoid picture books, with one exception, as these ones I've chosen are all intended to be chock-full of words, to relax with at the end of a long day. Which is what I did. There are one or two notable omissions, as I'm still »

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Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81

7 December 2015 12:52 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nicholas Smith, one of the stars of the key British sitcom “Are You Being Served?,” which was set in a department store, died on Sunday. He was 81 and had been in hospitalized for seven weeks following a fall at home.

The long-running show, which aired on BBC1 from 1972-85, followed the misadventures of the staff and customers (the latter portrayed by popular British actors in guest appearances, such as Joanna Lumley), of the clothing floor departments of the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

The jug-eared Smith played department store manager Cuthbert Rumbold in the hit sitcom, which also starred John Inman, Molly Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard, and frequently drew audiences of more than 20 million. The show aired in the U.S. on PBS and BBC America.

More recently, he voiced the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 Wallace & Gromit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

His TV credits also included “Doctor Who, »

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Nicholas Smith, Star of British Sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?,’ Dies at 81

7 December 2015 12:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nicholas Smith, one of the stars of the key British sitcom “Are You Being Served?,” which was set in a department store, died on Sunday. He was 81 and had been in hospitalized for seven weeks following a fall at home.

The long-running show, which aired on BBC1 from 1972-85, followed the misadventures of the staff and customers (the latter portrayed by popular British actors in guest appearances, such as Joanna Lumley), of the clothing floor departments of the fictional London department store Grace Brothers.

The jug-eared Smith played department store manager Cuthbert Rumbold in the hit sitcom, which also starred John Inman, Molly Sugden, Frank Thornton and Wendy Richard, and frequently drew audiences of more than 20 million. The show aired in the U.S. on PBS and BBC America.

More recently, he voiced the eccentric Reverend Clement Hedges in the 2005 Wallace & Gromit film “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”

His TV credits also included “Doctor Who, »

- Variety Staff

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Anthony Read obituary

30 November 2015 7:32 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Author, television screenwriter and producer who worked on Doctor Who, Z Cars, The Professionals and The Omega Factor

Anthony Read, who has died aged 80, was a writer and television producer who in 1977 chose to be, in effect, demoted, in order to spend a year working as script editor during Tom Baker’s years in Doctor Who. When he joined the BBC in November 1963 Read had noticed the show’s very first instalments being recorded in one of the studios. By the 1970s, he was a seasoned writer and producer of drama, and was reluctant to accept a post offered to him as script editor – until told which series he was being asked to join. Read’s vast experience, calm demeanour and forensic aptitude for structuring scripts provided essential ballast for the Doctor Who producer Graham Williams. When one script fell through at the last minute, together they hurriedly wrote the season climax, »

- Toby Hadoke

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Colin Welland Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Chariots Of Fire’ Writer Was 81

3 November 2015 6:20 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Colin Welland, who famously proclaimed, “The British are coming!” in his Academy Award acceptance speech for Chariots Of Fire, has died at the age of 81 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. The actor and writer, who appeared in the TV show Z Cars and also acted in Ken Loach’s Kes and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, also wrote the Gene Hackman-starrer Twice In A Lifetime and the Marlon Brando Apartheid drama A Dry White Season. A statement released by his family via… »

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There’s plenty of dramatic potential in social work. Here’s a script to prove it

20 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Police and medical dramas abound on our screens. But no one’s yet delved into the fascinating and harrowing work of child protection social workers – until now

We’ve seen Z Cars, Morse, Casualty and Holby City but I’ve often heard social workers wonder why there was no TV series about them, and in particular about child protection. So after retirement I took scriptwriting courses. I felt optimistic; technical or legal aspects of my scripts would be accurate, reflecting my experience of more than 40 years as a social worker in child protection, Guardian Ad Litem, chair of child protection conferences and an adoption/fostering manager. I knew about attachments, Section 8 orders and fostering disruptions and now I understand about subtexts, five-point structure and voiceovers. I hoped that I had a distinctive, authentic voice.

I aim to present the public with a series of complex dilemmas about children needing protection and, »

- Alex Crone

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Herbert Wise obituary

12 August 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film and television director whose work included I, Claudius, Rumpole of the Bailey, Z Cars and The Woman in Black

The film and television director Herbert Wise, who has died aged 90, made an impressive contribution to television drama over five decades. Most notably, he earned plaudits (and Bafta and Emmy nominations) as the director of all 13 episodes of I, Claudius (1976), the Robert Graves adaptation starring Derek Jacobi; but his credits appeared on a wide range of programmes, including Z Cars, Upstairs Downstairs, The Norman Conquests, Rumpole of the Bailey, Breaking the Code, and both The Woman in White and The Woman in Black. In 1979 he won a Bafta for his outstanding service to television.

As Herbert Weisz, he arrived in Britain in January 1939 on the Kindertransport, a 14-year-old Jewish refugee from Vienna without a word of English. He was fostered by the family of a wealthy Surrey accountant, who almost »

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