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Links and bibliography


Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, many freelancers have been left in severe financial straits.  Backup is a charity that supports industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, television and film who through no fault of their own are unable to support themselves or their families.

If you have enjoyed reading this website, can I ask you to consider making a donation?  Please visit www.backuptech.uk to find out how you can help.  Even a few pounds will make a difference.





I am grateful for the use of the logos and other images which have been copied from several other sites or scanned from hard copies in old out-of-print books and publications.  I hope I have offended nobody by using them.  If you own the copyright to any image on this site and wish it to be removed, contact me and I shall be happy to do so immediately.  Or of course, if you wish to be given a missing credit for a photo I shall be very happy to oblige.


I am particularly grateful to the following for taking the trouble to provide me with corrections, further information or photographs.  Where they have websites of their own you can visit them by clicking on the name:

Roy Adcock, Cliff Ainsworth, Jean Ainsworth, John Aizlewood, Jerry Alderson, David Aley, Rod Allen, Steve Arnold, Rob Ashard, Phil Ashby, Glenn Aylett, Andy Backhouse, Steve Bailey, Gary Bainbridge, Malcolm Baird, Ken Banwell, Jose Barbasa,  Louis Barfe, John Barlow, Christine Barnard, Rab Barnard, Warren Baxter, Malcolm Beattie, Roger Beckwith, John Bell, David Bertenshaw, Piers Bishop,  Adrian Bishop-Laggett, Duncan Borrowman, Derek Brady, John Brady, Alan Brett, Richard Broadhurst, Martin Brown, Roger Brunskill, Bob Buckler, Dave Buckley, Ivan Burgess, John Burgess, Paul Burton, Guy Caplin, Billy Casper, Glen Cardno, Hannah Chambers, Giles Chapman, Selina Charles, Lorraine Cheek, Peter Christy, Adrian Church, Gary Clarke, Roy Clarke, Anthony Collins, John Constable, Lester Cowling, Dan Cranefield, David Croxson, Brian Cuff, Robert Cunningham, Ray Cutler, Maurice Dale, James Daniel, Dudley Darby, Bob Davis, Tim Deane, Peter Dearing, Kevan Debonnaire, Howard Denyer, Martin Deutsch, Andy Dobbs, Alan Dobson, Dennis Donnelly, Derek Donoghue, Tim Dorney, George Douglass, Ian Dow, Euan Downing, Mike Du Boulay, Zuno Dunlop, Mark Elliott, Chris Ellis, Simon Ellis, Mike Emery, Edwin Escobar, James Ewart, Victoria Ewart, Richard Fearne, Norman Fenner, David Ferris, Mike Fitch, Geoff Fletcher, Maurice Fleisher, Doug Ford, Steve Fuller, Andrew Fullerton, Brendan Gardiner, Phil Geeson, Jonathan Gibbs, Rick Glanvill, David Gledhill, Joe Godwin, Matt Goodman, Alan Gowdy, Bruce Gowers, Richard Greenough, Dave Griffiths, Colin Grimshaw, Clive Gulliver, Matthew Hadley, Geoff Hale, Ian Hall, Andy Hame, Fred Hamilton, Peter Hammond, David Harper, Peter Harris, Michael Harrison, Bob Hart, Jonny Haw, Martin Hawkins, Alan Hayes, Arthur Hayes, Paul Hayes, Margot Hayhoe, Andrew Hewkin, Hector Hill, Ian Hillson, Peter Hitchcock, Jeremy Hoare, John Hoare, Richard Holland, John Holmes, Charles Hope, David Hornsby, David Hounsell, Dicky Howett, Cliff Hughes, Gary Hughes, Mike Hughes, Ron Isted, Andrew James, Andy James, Rich James, Bill Jenkin, Nick Jenner, Mark Johnson, Barry Johnstone, Chris Jones, Mike Jones, Peter Jones, Richard Jones, Steve Jones, Linda Kaye, Steve Kelly, Simon King, Martin Kisner, Gill Kivi, Darren Knipe, Antony Koeller, John Latus, Michael Leader, Bill Lee, Russ Lee, Clive Leighton, Graham Le Page, Ken Levon, Heather Lewis, Oli Lifely, John Liffen, Ray Liffen, Stephen Livingston, Sydney Lopez, James Lund, Aidan Lunn, John McCafferty, Dick McCarthy, Jeff McCrory, Alan McIntosh, Anthony McKay, Tony McKay, Andrew McKean, Dave Markie, Paul Marshall, Mike Mason-Green, Howard Michaels, Paul Middleton, Peter Middleton, James Mitchell, Mitch Mitchell, Sam Morrison, Chris Mower, Leigh Mulpeter, Mark Mumford, Dave Mundy, Ed Nassour, Jeff Naylor, William Neale, Stephen Neil, Patrick Neill, Peter Neill, John New, Bernie Newnham, Garth Nicholson, John O'Brien, Andy Onion, Peter Orton, Keith G Palmer, Trevor Parkins, Chris Patten, Adam Paull, Nicholas Payne, Alan Pemberton, David Petrie, Matt Phelps, Peter Piddock, Roger Pittman, Harvey Pope, Danny Popkin, Geoff Posner, Peter Price, Andrew Prince, David Rawsthorn, Bob Redman, Paul Reid, Mike Renshall, Bob Richardson, Gary Richardson, Graham Rimmington, Paddy Robinson-Griffin, Pete Rogers, Keith Rodgerson, Brian Rose, John Rossetti, Les Roworth, Alastair Roxburgh, Paul Round, Steve Rush, Colin Russell, Richard Russell, Phil Rutter, Nick Sanders, David Scott-Cowan, Jane Scutt, Bob Scrivener, Jonathan Sellers, Len Shorey, Alan Shubrook, Steve Simon, David Simmons, Pete Simpkin, Tim Smit, Richard Smith, Nigel Southworth, Chris Stacey, Andy Stagles, Nick Stanbra, Philip Stevens, Duncan Stewart, Ian Stewart, Jane Stewart, John Stewart, Roderick Stewart, Richard Stibbons, Alan Stokes, Robin Stonestreet, Peter Stoughton, Charles Sturridge, Raphael Szynowski, John Tarby, Bob Taylor, David Taylor, Gerry Taylor, James Taylor, Paul Thackray, Clint Thomas, Duncan Thomas, Peter Thurlow, Mark Tinkler, Rob Tompsett, Roger Tone, Courtenay Tordoff, Kevin Townsend, Catherine Trigg, Brian Turner, Tony Tyrer, Robin Vanags, Simon Vaughan, Paul Venner, Malcolm C Walker, Graeme Wall, Neil Wallace, Andy Walmesley, John Wardle, Peter Watson, Nick Way, Dennis Weinreich, Martyn Welch, Paul Welsh, Rosemary Wenzerul, Chris Whitehead, Keith Wilkinson, Neil Wilson, Kris Winser, Steve Williams, Steve Williams, Barry Wilson, Roger Wilson, John Winn, Ronald Wolstencroft, Kevin Wood, Mike Wood, Clive Woodward, Andrew Wright, Alan Yardley, Henry Young, Nicholas Young.

Clearly none of the above is responsible for any errors or opinions expressed on this website.  Those are entirely down to me!

Each of the above has provided useful information but special mention must go to Richard Greenough.  He was a BBC designer at Alexandra Palace and Lime Grove and in 1955 became head of design at ATV until they left Elstree in 1983.  He provided me with a fascinating summary of his career and plans of all the studios he worked in.  He also kept all the studio schedules from the first day of ATV at Foley Street and Wood Green to the last day at Elstree so had proof of when each studio opened and closed.  This information has cleared up many confusions and helped me enormously!  Sadly, Richard passed away in August 2010 but his lifetime's work is certainly not forgotten.

Many thanks to those staffers who have provided me with information but asked that their names are not published.  Also, I am especially grateful that so many people have contacted me and simply said they enjoyed reading the site.  Thanks to you all for taking the trouble to write.


This website concentrates on the fabric of the studios themselves and only touches on the shows made in them.  As a companion volume, may I recommend Louis Barfe's excellent book on the history of British light entertainment - Turned Out Nice Again.  It is extremely well researched, very easy to read and contains many anecdotes and stories all about the artistes and producers who occupied the studios mentioned here.


For further information you might like to go to the following websites which are not in alphabetical order - sorry:


History of the BBC (official website)

BBC technical operations history site (unofficial anecdotes, stories and stills)

BBC VT history site (history of videotape in the BBC from Vera to digital.  Some excellent images.)

BBC engineering info (unofficial site with recollections of BBC engineering from 1922 - 1997)

BBC TV from Alexandra Palace (unofficial site)

Official BBC Comedy site

Old BBC Radio Broadcasting Equipment and Memories

Bob Taylor's memories of his days as an engineer in BBC News



Transdiffusion (network of several interesting sites - highly recommended!)

Twickenham Museum (includes history of Teddington Studios)


general TV history:

Museum of the Broadcast Television Camera

History of Outside Broadcasts in the UK (unofficial site)

Baird Television (website run by the great man's son)

Web page on history of John Logie Baird

British Film Institute - television history

RTS (site includes documents listing historical TV buildings)

Digital Spy - TV news

Television Heaven

UK Gameshows website

British TV Comedy

Dinosaur TV - British black and white TV shows

Whirligig - 1950s TV nostalgia

TV Cream

Trumptonshire Web (unofficial site about all things Trumpton)

Rubovia (site about puppet master Gordon Murray)

History of TV Post Production

The Big Breakfast - history site for fans of the show

New York's Broadcasting History (recommended by young TV historian Dylan.)


Film studios:

The Studio Map (invaluable resource listing all film and TV studios in the UK and abroad.)

Elstree Screen Heritage (historical organisation)

Avengerland (website with images showing studios and locations used in various '60s filmed TV series)

Britmovie - the home of UK films


I would be grateful if you could let me know of any other sites that include interesting background material relating to the history of London's TV studios.  I have not listed links to all the studios' own websites as they are very easily found using any good search engine.  However, several do include historical information about their studios.

Should you wish, for reasons of your own, to visit my website which is an on-line CV aimed at producers and directors - follow the link below:



Bibliography in a non-alphabetical order...(sorry!)





MGM British Studios - Hollywood in Hertfordshire (2020)

Paul Welsh

Elstree Screen Heritage

British Film Studios (2013)

Kiri Bloom Walden

Shire Publications

Shepperton Babylon - the lost worlds of British cinema (2005)

Matthew Sweet

Faber & Faber

British Film Studios (1995)

Patricia Warren


The Pinewood Story (2006)

Gareth Owen with Brian Burford

Reynolds and Hearn

Movies From the Mansion - a history of Pinewood Studios (1976)

George Perry

Elm Tree Books

Shepperton Studios - a visual celebration (2005)

Morris Bright

Southbank Publishing

Shepperton Studios - an independent view (1994)

Derek Threadgall


Elstree - the British Hollywood (1983)

Patricia Warren

Elm Tree Books

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (2010)

J W Rinzler

Aurum Press

The Hammer Story (2007)

Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes

Titan Books

Inside Bray Studios - the complete story of Hammer's house studio (2018)

Wayne Kinsey

Peveril Publishing

Hammer Films - The Unsung Heroes (2010)

Wayne Kinsey

Tomahawk Press

Hammer Films - The Bray Studios Years (2002)

Wayne Kinsey

Reynolds And Hearn

The British Film and Television Yearbook 1961-62

Peter Noble

British and American Film Press

The British Film and Television Yearbook 1967

Peter Noble

British and American Film Press

The British Film and Television Yearbook 1968

Peter Noble

British and American Film Press

BFI Film and Television Yearbook 1983

Mundy Ellis


BFI Film and Television Yearbook 1986

Mundy Ellis


BFI Film and Television Yearbook 1988-89

Patience Coster


BBC studios:



The Exhibitions - Great White City, Shepherds Bush (2008 reprint to mark the 100th anniversary of the Franco-British Exhibition)

Donald R Knight

Barnard and Westwood/Print Mania

Scenery Block, BBC TV Centre (magazine article published in August 1954.)

Graham Dawbarn and M T Tudsbery

The Architect and Building News

Television Centre Stage V set of architect's plans and drawings Oct '85

BBC architectural and civil engineering dept.


The BBC Television Centre (published 1960) (book)



BBC Television Centre (published 1970) (pamphlet)



BBC Television Centre technical guide (1970) (pamphlet)



History of BBC Television Centre (2001)

Guy Saitch

internal paper

article in magazine - probably Wireless World, 27th May 1950 (includes proposed dimensions of TV Centre studios)



BBC Handbook 1958



BBC Handbook 1959



BBC Handbook 1960



BBC Handbook 1961



BBC Handbook 1962



BBC Handbook 1963



BBC Handbook 1964



BBC Handbook 1965



BBC Handbook 1966



BBC Handbook 1967



BBC Handbook 1968



BBC Handbook 1969



BBC Handbook 1970



BBC Handbook 1971



BBC Handbook 1972



BBC Handbook 1984



Enjoying Radio and Television (1954)

Robert Dunnett

Phoenix House

BBC Television Picture Book 1930-1950

David Clayton


Television Jubilee - the story of 25 years of BBC Television

Gordon Ross

W H Allen

Twenty-five years of BBC Television (BBC Engineering)

Harold Bishop


Technical description - Open University, Alexandra Palace (1975)

K S Mossman


The Fantasy Factory - Lime Grove Studios 1915-1991 (1996)

Jocelyn Lukins

Venta Books

BBC Riverside TV studios - the architectural aspects (1957)

E A Fowler


BBC Riverside TV studios - aspects of technical planning and equipment

Nickels and Grubb


The Equipment of the BBC Television Film Studios at Ealing (1960)

N F Chapman


A History of the BBC's Film Department (1983)

David Martin


Inside BBC Television - A Year Behind the Camera (1983)

Ruth Rosanthal

Webb & Bower

Zoom In When You See The Tears - autobiography (2011)

Fred Hamilton


Eng Inf (BBC engineering quarterly newsletters) (1980 - 1990)



ITV studios:



ITV 1964 A Guide to Independent Television



ITV 1968 A Guide to Independent Television



ITV 1970 Guide to Independent Television

Eric Croston


ITV 1972 Guide to Independent Television

Eric Croston


ITV 1973 Guide to Independent Television

Eric Croston


ITV 1974 Guide to Independent Television

Eric Croston


ITV 75 Guide to Independent Television

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1977

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1978

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1981

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1982

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1983

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1984

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1985

Eric Croston


Television and Radio 1986

Mike Melaniphy


Television and Radio 1988

Mike Melaniphy


Independent Television in Britain (1982)  Vol 1 - 1946-62

Bernard Sendall

IBA / Macmillan

Independent Television in Britain (1983)  Vol 2 - 1958-68

Bernard Sendall

IBA / Macmillan

Independent Television in Britain: ITV and IBA 1981-92:  The Old Relationship

Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston

Palgrave / Macmillan

25 Years on ITV 1955-1980


ITV / Michael Joseph

ITV: The People's Channel - ITV 50 (2005)

Simon Cherry

Reynolds and Hearn

ITV Cultures - independent television over 50 years

Johnson and Turnock


From Dawn Till Dusk (2007) - a history of independent television in the Midlands

John W Pettinger

Brewin Books

Television studio planning.  (Papers from a symposium held by the Television Society at the IEE in 1963)


ABC TV / The Television Society

Teddington Studios - an overview (2005) (historical paper)

Morris Bright


The Story of Teddington Studios (2002)

John Tasker


Both Sides of the Camera (ABC TV - 1960)

Marie Donaldson

Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Anatomy of a Television Play (ABC TV - 1962)

John Russell Taylor

Weidenfeld and Nicolson

A Tour of the ATV Television Theatres (article in 'Practical Television', January 1957)



Emergency-Ward 10 souvenir booklet (1958)

Antony Kearey


ATV Television Star Book (1960)

 Joan Griffiths


ATV Television Show Book (1961)



An Arabian Night - souvenir booklet on opening of Wembley studio 5 (1960)



Television - Behind the scenes in the television studios (1961)

Kenneth Ody

Associated Newspapers

Chelsea Palace Music Hall (article in 'Practical Television', February 1958)



Independent studios:



Spring Meeting at Limehouse (article in 'Television Lighting' magazine, 1984)

John O'Keefe and Ken MacGregor

Society of Television Lighting Directors

Limehouse Studios (article fom 'Building' magazine - April 1984)

Anthony Williams


Limehouse Goes On Stream (article from 'Professional Video' October 1983)

Tim Leigh Smith


Limehouse Studios 1983-1989 RIP (article from 'Zerb' magazine Autumn 1989)

Martin Hawkins

Guild of Television Cameramen

General television history:



Greenfinger - The Rise of Michael Green and Carlton Communications  (1996)

Raymond Snoddy

Faber & Faber

Mr Towers of London - a life in showbusiness (2013)

Harry Alan Towers

BearManor Media

One Summer: America 1927 (2013) (includes history of early television pioneers but is also an excellent read!)

Bill Bryson

Black Swan

Turned Out Nice Again - the story of British light entertainment (2009)

Louis Barfe

Atlantic Books

Television and Me (2004) - memoirs of Baird, edited by his son Malcolm

John Logie Baird

Mercat Press

John Logie Baird - A Life (2002)

Antony Kamm and Malcolm Baird

NMS Publishing

Richard R Greenough - BBC 1948-1955, ATV 1955-1983 autobiographical paper summarising career as BBC designer and head of design at ATV (2004)

Richard Greenough


Adventure in Vision - the first 25 years of television (1950)

John Swift

John Leymann

Coming to you Live - Behind-the-screen Memories of 40s and 50s TV (1985)

Denis Norden, Sybil Harper and Norma Gilbert


40 Years of British television (1992)

Harbord and Wright


The Penguin TV Companion (2006)

Jeff Evans


The Television History Book (2003)

Michelle Hilmes


Old Television

Andrew Emmerson


Film and Television Parade (approx 1950)



TV Mirror Annual 1956


TV Mirror

Television Annual for 1950/51

Kenneth Baily


Television Annual for 1957

Kenneth Baily


Television Annual for 1960

Kenneth Baily


405 Alive (magazine articles published between 1989 and 2001)

Dicky Howett plus others

British Vintage Wireless Society

The Bulletin (magazine of British Vintage Wireless Society - various editions)

various authors

British Vintage Wireless Society

Sixty Years of Light Work (2001)

Fred Bentham

Strand Lighting

Most Secret War (1978) (description of the use of AP for jamming Luftwaffe radio signals)

R V Jones

Hamish Hamilton

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