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Television: A Biography by David Thomson (Thames & Hudson, £19.95)

tvThe statement that David Thomson is the finest writer on cinema alive would find few demurrals. Now he has turned his attention to television. When Thomson was born in wartime London, television was just a fledgling technology, mothballed by the BBC for the duration. The cinema then was the global medium of mass entertainment, a secular church, a communal experience, its creation an industry and for some an art-form of vast potential.


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