New and classic books are discussed, passages read by well-known actors and authors, and short dramatisations are used to bring the stories to life.




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Tom Baker ...  Himself - Presenter 21 episodes, 1979-1981


A book magazine programme for children featuring plot tasters accompanied by passages read by well-known actors and authors, and sometimes short dramatisations. Originally the show's set was meant to represent a room at the top of an ancient stone tower, and leaned heavily towards the Gothic & supernatural, though this theme was dropped over time. Written by travis

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3 January 1979 (UK) See more »

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9 September 2016 | by zipdog-70353See all my reviews

I think what we saw on TV was probably the YTV studio but the building shown in the titles is Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire (found this on another forum, its not my own research!. I distinctly remember watching this in the winter of 86/87 when I wasn't working..I seem to remember Tom Baker doing the reading but discovered that he finished his stint in 1981 (so he was doing this at same time as his last 2 Dr Who seasons. Perhaps it was a repeat of earlier episodes as Tom wasn't involved with this programme in that year.

Ever since then, for some reason I thought the Book Tower had something to do with Leeds Castle in Kent but can find no reference for this; was quite disappointed to discover that the building in the creepy intro was not Leeds Castle and think that it must be something else I have got mixed up. Still this was a brilliant programme and not just for children! The music is on A L Webber's 'Variations' which may be worth getting as I don't think the Book Tower will ever be available on DVD.

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