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Jeremy Isaacs's memoir contains a chapter on the making of The World at War that stands alone as a testament to the collaborative nature of great television

By David Herman   April 2006

Jeremy Isaacs’s Look Me In The Eye is a fascinating memoir looking back over almost half a century in television. The early chapters bring a bygone age to life. The final chapters debate central issues facing television today. However, the best chapter in the book is on The World at War, an eloquent tribute to the role of collaboration in television. Television critics usually go on about writers, actors and, occasionally, producer-directors. Everyone else remains invisible. Isaacs brings to life the different contributions of the unsung heroes.

He begins with the historical adviser, Noble Frankland, then director of the Imperial…

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