MORE ABOUT THESE AND OTHER VINTAGE PROGRAMMES FROM THIS ERA
Kaleidoscope, TV Brain & British Film Institute
Kaleidoscope, the classic TV organisation began in 1992 publishing books about the history of UK television.
These books were unique because they list FULL ARCHIVE HOLDINGS for thousands of UK series. Now the sum of all that knowledge is contained in TV Brain.
TV Brain contains information more accurate than IMDB or Wikipedia. It's based on the Radio Times, TV Times, scripts, watching thousands of programmes, huge written archives donated to Kaleidoscope, and their huge archive.
A small part of the archive can be watched online aswell. So if you want to find out what exists in the archives, or read about untransmitted pilots and series, TV Brain is a comprehensive, searchable history of UK television dating back to 1936.
For the researcher looking into the independent sector and what was happening in those early years of the small independent producers, more can be found in 'Independent Television in Britain: Volume 6' by Paul Bonner and Lesley Ashton, published by Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Another informative book is 'The Making of Channel 4' by Peter Catterall (Editor), published by Routledge.
The Independent Sector and Bright Thoughts
Read more about the Independent Sector and the relationship with Channel 4, the remit of Channel 4 and their drive to innovate and commission programmes through and with the independent production companies. With the originators retaining the rights to their content, independent production companies are able to then go on to sell their content internationally.
In this section, also the key details on The Bright Thoughts Company Ltd through its trading years from 1981.