I’ve been wanting a copy of the BBC Manual by Harold Snoad for ages. And when it arrived, I wasn’t disappointed.
I’ll be honest. I was secretly hoping it would have some scrawled marginalia throughout, and that I could pretend to myself it was notes taken by someone who went on to direct some great sitcoms. Alas, there was none.
Here’s the back cover.
And a close up of that text at the bottom.
And here’s how Harold introduces the tome.
And this, a little later on.
He ends the manual with this.
And here’s a great photo of the audience for a recording of Ever Decreasing Circles (the final episode, I think).