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T is for Television - The Small Screen Adventures of Russell T Davies

T is for Television – The Small Screen Adventures of Russell T Davies


often rated as one of the most influential figures in contemporary British culture, Russell T Davies is now perhaps best known as the mastermind behind the smash-hit revival of Doctor Who and the creation of its spin off, Torchwood. In fact, his remarkable career stretches back over twenty years, taking in major dramas including Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose and the Second Coming.

This is the first book to trace Davies’ entire life in television from his earliest days to his vast current success. Drawing on several years’ research, this book reveals much fascinating detail about his life and work. This includes a wealth of information on everything from the writer’s most celebrated works to abandoned Queer as Folk spin- off Misfits, forgotten fantasy soap Springhill and even his fleeting involvement with Play School and Chucklevision.

Never before published material includes an extensive interview with Davies himself, as well as several of his most important collaborators including Nicola Shindler, Phil Collinson, Paul Cornell and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Russell T. Davies is currently one of the most influential, visible creative forces in British television. His work over the last 10 years, including Queer as Folk, Bob and Rose, and The Second Coming, has marked him as a writerof note, while his rejuvenated take on Doctor Who is an enormous hit. At the 2006 BAFTAs, he received the Dennis Potter award for “outstanding writing for television, ” among other acclaim, and he is one of a new generation of nonperforming stars-a true mover and shaker in contemporary popular culture. Davies is also a thoroughly modern example of a writer. A self-confessed television obsessive, he has worked on everything from children’s dramas and soaps to literary adaptions-from edgy, confrontational late-night fare to family viewing. The whole of Davies’ career is covered here, from early forays in theater and graphic illustration, through to all of his major television work, from the best known and fondly remembered to the barely seen and swiftly forgotten.


lSeries info page

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905287844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905287840


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