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Head Of Drama

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ted Kotcheff // vii Head of Drama by Sydney Newman CHAPTER 1 His Unknown Queen Street // 3 CHAPTER 2 His Dreaded Three R's // 12 CHAPTER 3 His Sinful Saturdays // 20 CHAPTER 4 My Father of the Doorstep // 32 CHAPTER 5 Nudes, Made Easy // 41 CHAPTER 6 Greetings, Comrade // 54 CHAPTER 7 Love and Other Discoveries // 62 CHAPTER 8 Hello, Hollywood! // 70 CHAPTER 9 Home, At Last // 89 CHAPTER 10 On Board the Film Board // 102 CHAPTER 11 Love + Art = NFB // 134 CHAPTER 12 TV - Friend or Foe? // 159 CHAPTER 13 Television, Here I Come! // 187 CHAPTER 14 Among Jarvis Street Virgins // 206 CHAPTER 15 The Play's the Thing . . . ? // 232 CHAPTER 16 Land of Hope and Glory // 276 CHAPTER 17 ABC, The Avengers Until . . . ! // 323 CHAPTER 18 That Was the BBC that Was // 350 CHAPTER 19 In the Sprocket Hole // 391 CHAPTER 20 His Life Laid Out . . . Why? // 416 From the Saturday Serial, to the Wednesday Play, to the October Crisis, and Beyond by Graeme Burk CHAPTER 1 November 23, 1962 // 426 CHAPTER 2 An Outsider at the BBC // 429 CHAPTER 3 The Saturday Serial // 433 CHAPTER 4 "Mr. Who?" // 440 CHAPTER 5 Point of Crisis // 460 CHAPTER 6 "Agitational Contemporaneity" // 471 CHAPTER 7 Return of the Prodigal // 483 CHAPTER 8 "Le Boss Unilingue" // 488 CHAPTER 9 One Piece of Advice in Ten Being Taken // 507 CHAPTER 10 Yesterday's Man // 514 CHAPTER 11 Marked by Letdowns // 518 CHAPTER 12 "Who created Dr. Who?" // 523 CHAPTER 13 Unfulfilled // 536 Notes on Sources // 541 Afterword by Deirdre Newman // 553 Acknowledgements // 560 Index // 561

Promotional Information

- Graeme Burk will pitch pre-pub essays and editorials related to Doctor Who. One such essay, adapted from the book, appeared in the March 2017 issue of Doctor Who Magazine and was featured on the cover. - Pitching excerpts to entertainment publications like Exclaim! - Pitching to our extensive TV and pop culture blogger lists. - Social media campaign targeted to fans of Newman's works. - Dedicated e-blast sent to our TV fan segment.

About the Author

Sydney Newman received the Order of Canada in 1991. Graeme Burk is the author of three books on Doctor Who; he lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Ted Kotcheff is the author of Director's Cut, a memoir of his life directing more than 50 television shows and 20 films; he lives in Los Angeles, California.


"The most influential person in television in the '60s, someone who made an incalculable contribution to British culture. He was truly a great man." -- Ted Kotcheff, from the foreword "In a modern age where 'get up and go' ambition has been replaced with the need for multiple college degrees, Newman's story of climbing the executive ladder on grit and blarney may be an eye-opener . . . If you're a fan of The Avengers or Doctor Who(especially if you saw the film An Adventure in Space and Time and wondered about that bombastic man ordering Jessica Raine's Verity Lambert about), you probably will enjoy Newman's story." -- A Cozy Nook to Read In blog

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