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Directed by Douglas Camfield (Michael Seely)
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05/2017 Miwk UK

Product Description:

Douglas Camfield is still regarded as a master of his craft; a television director who made numerous memorable episodes of shows such as Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, The Nightmare Man and The Sweeney.

During his career, which spanned twenty years and 163 productions, Camfield worked on many popular and groundbreaking series of their day, such as Public Eye, Shoestring, Van der Valk, Z Cars and Paul Temple, not to mention many long since forgotten and lost productions. His work is frequently cited as the best of any series he worked on.

Camfield passed away in January 1984. He was 52.

Towards the end of his life, he recreated the past with the romantic chivalry of Ivanhoe and tales of honour in African deserts with Beau Geste. His productions frequently topped the ratings charts, including his final serial, Missing From Home.

Camfield the man is no less interesting than his work. Adopted by an army family, he chose television over the military, and rose from the cutting room floor to become one of the new wave of BBC directors, determined to prove the potential of the medium and take it further away from its roots in theatre and radio and into cinema. He became the go-to man to help launch new and exciting series which in some cases shaped the future of television on both the BBC and ITV.

Told with help from his friends and family, Directed By Douglas Camfield is the story of a man who commanded the love, loyalty, respect and commitment from his cast and crews, how he overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles, including his health, and who took risks with his career in order to achieve his goals.

REF: ISBN: 978-1-908630-16-2
OP: £17.99 pb
Directed by Douglas Camfield (Michael Seely)
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02/2021 Miwk UK

Revised Limited Edition Hardback (Only 300 copies published). Individually numbered with artwork postcard signed by the author Michael Seeley and cover artist Conor Adkins.

Product Description:

With a television career spanning nearly twenty years, this limited edition book looks at the life of Douglas Camfield.

Douglas directed some of television’s most popular and enduring drama programmes, his most notable being The SweeneyBlake’s 7The Nightmare ManShoestring and, of course, the immortal Doctor Who. He also worked on many other programmes, some of which topped the TV charts of their day and many other dramas long since lost and forgotten in the days when television was an ephemeral experience.

Abandoning a career with the army, Douglas Camfield entered television hoping it would be the first step towards becoming a movie director. Without any theatre experience nor the benefit of a university education, he had to prove himself through hard work, dedication, not to mention a little luck from history.

Told with the help of his friends and family, colleagues and contemporaries, this revised edition of Directed by Douglas Camfield – featuring new information and interviews – traces the highs and lows of his career, explodes myths, and reveals how he overcame the many obstacles he faced in his life before his premature death in 1984.

REF: ISBN: 978-1-78196-356-2
OP: £19.99 pb