Written by long-serving BBC Visual Effects Department employees, Mat Irvine and Mike Tucker, this is the definitive history of the worldâ€™s longest-running TV effects department.
Using interviews with the effects designers, never-before-published concept drawings, production photographs and stills from completed programmes, this book features in-depth accounts of fifty iconic shows and tells the story of the unit responsible for many of televisionâ€™s most iconic images – from Blakeâ€™s 7â€™s majestic Liberator ship sailing through outer space to the all-time classic baddies of Doctor Who, the Daleks.
VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department covers fifty classic BBC shows in every genre from sci-fi and drama to comedy and documentary, with Blakeâ€™s 7,The Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy, The Goodies, Are You Being Served and many more appearing alongside both the classic and modern series of Doctor Who.
Both Mat Irvine and Mike Tucker worked for many years in the BBC Visual Effects Department. Mat left the BBC in 1993 and has been pursuing other projects as writer, producer and director. Meanwhile Mike now runs The Model Unit at Ealing Studios.
Both, individually, are writers, Mat having written twelve books on scientific and hobby subjects while Mike is the author of several original novels and Doctor Who novelisations – notably Seventh Doctor adventure Illegal Alien as well as work for Big Finish The Genocide Machine in 1999 and Dust Breeding in 2001.
On sale from November 11th, 2010, VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department can be ordered from Amazon where the Â£30 RRP is reduced to justÂ£17.70!
Look out for our review of this fascinating new book next week.