Regular readers of this blog will know what big fans we are of anti-establishment hero David Callan, the dyspeptic secret agent created for television by James Mitchell and played to perfection by Edward Woodward. I have previously posted about the character several times (just click here if you want proof).
The character would ultimately appear in four series on TV, a feature film, a re-union TV-movie and dozens of short stories and novels. Now there is a new book about the show by über TV historian Andrew Pixley.
Here is part of the blurb:
Nearly ten years in the writing, Callan: Under the Red File has been a labour of love for both Network and the book’s author, Andrew Pixley … This exhaustive book is the definitive look at the creation, production, broadcast and reception of all four series. From its conception as a one-off BBC play, through its development by ABC Television, its success as one of Thames Television’s highest-rated programmes, its subsequent ATV revival and its expansion into novels, short stories and movies – this single volume covers every aspect of James Mitchell’s most successful creation.
These are exciting times for fans of Callan – all the extant TV episodes are available on DVD from all good shops (and in fact currently on sale from Network – click here) – a new documentary about the show is also due out soon and a new collection of short stories by Mitchell featuring the character are due from Mike Ripley at Ostara, a follow-up to his terrific previous collection, Callan Uncovered, which I previously reviewed here.
A new book on the series is also due later this year, The Callan File by Robert Fairclough & Mike Kenwood – for further details, visit the publisher’s website at: www.miwkpublishing.com/
Andrew Pixley’s new guide to the series is now available from Network, who also distribute all the episodes of Callan on DVD. For more details, click here.