and Rise of the Independents
A Television History by Ian Potter
Independent television production has been one of the great British business successes of recent years.
The Rise and Rise of the Independents reveals the forces behind its growth through the stories of the people who pioneered it and those who profited from it. This once very precarious occupation became an international success far surpassing anything the British Film Industry - despite its billions of pounds in grant, subsidies and tax breaks - has achieved in recent years.
From the US communist-backed adventures of Robin Hood of the 1950s to Robin Hood's 21st Century adventures filmed in former communist Hungary, it's a business story with surprising twists and turns.
It's a story of left wing idealists and free market economists, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, union leaders and union busters, and a shift in power from the broadcasters to the producers, but above all, of programme makers making their art their own business.
From light entertainment to documentaries, drama to youth programmes, game shows to Reality TV, The Rise and Rise of the Independents tells the story of the people and their programmes, and the luck, judgement, lobbying and legislation that made UK TV what it is today.
Featuring interviews with many of the pioneers of this new TV age - including Sophie Balhetchet, Peter Bazalgette, Peter Bennett-Jones, Jane Featherstone, Nick Fraser, Tony Garnett, James Gatward, Colin Gilbert, David Graham, Paul Jackson, Jane Lighting, Allan McKeown, Steve Morrison, Jimmy Mulville, Charlie Parsons, Terence Ryan, Nicola Shindler, Paul Smith, David Swift, Patrick Uden, Beryl Vertue and Anne Wood, The Rise and Rise of the Independents explores how the industry got where it is today and where its leading lights see it heading next.