The Book Tower

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The Book Tower
Created by Ragdoll Productions
Starring Tom Baker
Stephen Moore
Alun Armstrong
Neil Innes
Roger McGough
Bernard Bresslaw
Timmy Mallett
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
Running time 24 minutes[1]
Production company(s) Yorkshire Television
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Original release 3 January 1979 – 30 May 1989

The Book Tower was a British television series for children, produced by Yorkshire Television, that ran for 11 series from 3 January 1979 to 30 May 1989.

Initially presented by Doctor Who star Tom Baker (1979–81),[2] each episode explored one or more books, using dramatic presentations, with the aim of getting children interested in reading.

Later presenters included Stephen Moore (1982–83), Alun Armstrong (1984), Neil Innes (1985), Roger McGough (1986) and Bernard Bresslaw (1987),[3]. In 1988, each episode featured a different presenter, including Victoria Wood, Nick Wilton, Margi Clarke, Wincey Willis and Timmy Mallett.[4]

The theme tune, based on Paganini's 24th Caprice, was taken from Andrew Lloyd Webber's album Variations.[5]

The opening sequence of the original tv series showed images of Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire.


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  2. ^ "TV pun writer Rick now in a class of his own". Europe Intelligence Wire. 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  3. ^ "BFI Film & TV Database: The Book Tower". Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Book Tower". Timmy Mallett. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ "The Book Tower 1979 - closing theme". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 

British Television Children's Research Guide

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