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“Missing Believed Wiped” Special: Kaleidoscope’s “Long Lost Shows” Show

August 5, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Saturday the 5th August, the Missing Believed Wiped Special at BFI Southbank celebrates the 35th anniversary of Kaleidoscope, the classic TV organisation. 
Among the featured events will be the launch of various books including two of exceptional interest to us:
the revised and updated edition of

Bending the Willow:
Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

by David Stuart Davies

Conan Doyle Mystery and Adventure:
Inside the Lost 1967 BBC TV Series “Sir Arthur Conan

by Mark Jones

David Stuart Davies will introduce a previously unheard recording of a phone interview with Brett, recorded five months before he died. Brett speaks at length about playing Holmes.

Also, Madeline Smith joins us for a programme that includes Those Wonderful TV Times (Tyne Tees 1976) and Up The Toga, the un-transmitted US pilot for Up Pompeii. There’s a look at the Top 12 finds over the years and a potpourri of missing clips. Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran introduce the long-lost un-transmitted pilot for Holding the Fort (LWT 1979) and discuss their careers. Also included is the spooky Dickens tale The Signalman (BBC 1965), performed by Emlyn Williams and originally screened on Late Night Line Up, and all the surviving pop performances from Southern TV in the 1960s, along with other material found in the last 35 years, including footage of The Beatles.

Started in 1988 by a group of college students, Kaleidoscope is a unique archive repository for lost television footage, working alongside the BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped, BBC Treasure Hunt and ITV’s Raiders of the Lost Archive in helping to find, preserve and catalogue the nation’s television heritage. Over the years Kaleidoscope has collaborated with the BFI on programming Missing Believed Wiped, researching archive DVD releases and returning significant British finds into the BFI National Archive. Kaleidoscope stores one of the UK’s largest private archives of British television with over 750,000 items, including The Bob Monkhouse Collection and the Jeremy Beadle Archive, alongside various holdings from both the BBC and the different ITV programme archives. Kaleidoscope also operates a flourishing publishing company, runs TV Brain (the television database equivalent to IMDb) as well as making archival television programmes and DVD range.

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August 5, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, South Bank
London, SE1 8XT United Kingdom
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020 7928 3232
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