New documentary tracing the reasons why TV programmes were destroyed and charting the worldwide hunt for Britain’s television past.
In 1993 the BFI launched their initiative to find TV programmes missing from the official archives. Twenty years on much progress has been made, though thousands of programmes remain missing, believed wiped. This new documentary (made by Farcical Films/Kaleidoscope especially for this screening at BFI Southbank) traces the real reasons why programmes were destroyed and charts the worldwide hunt for Britain’s television past.
Narrated by Peter Purves, it features contributions from, among others: Alan Bennett, Barry Cryer, Jasper Carrott, Peter Firmin, Paul Fox, Galton and Simpson, Hartley Hare, Terry Jones, Sue Malden, David Nobbs, Pete Murray and Pan’s People. Produced by Kaleidoscope’s Chris Perry, the film also features extensive footage found during production of the documentary, from programmes previously thought lost.
This film was shown at the National Film Theatre and was highly acclaimed. Now we plan to issue the film on DVD and include a disc of extras of previously lost TV material. This project requires some seed funding hence our appearance on Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
The film is already complete, and rights compliant.
The risk is the amount of material we can include on the discs. If we can raise all the funding we can clear the rights to music performances. If we cannot raise the funding then we will have to discard some material and choose alternatives instead. The more we raise, the more we include on the discs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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