Shepperton Redux

by Quinn

A few months ago, you may remember I wrote a book review of Shepperton Babylon by Matthew Sweet, a study of the obscure and forgotten history of the British film industry. Well, for those of you who were quite interested in the subject, but not interested enough to part with the £12.99 required to purchase a copy, you may like to know that BBC4 will be showing an hour long documentary based on the book.

It is due to go out on Thursday (11th of August) at 9pm, in the coveted “up against Extras” slot; fortunately, being a BBC4 programme, it is then repeated numerous time in the coming weeks, so there is no excuse for not watching it (unless you aren’t interested and simply don’t want to watch it, which sounds a pretty good excuse to me). The full details of the showing times can be found on this rather splendid website, which also includes wee video clips of the author being interviewed.

If the TV programme is half as good as the book then it will be fine indeed; although, as I explained previously, Matthew is an old school friend of mine, so my utterly biased opinion should probably be taken with a fair pinch of salt.