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A Life Rewound

Morley_Life_Rewound_webA Life Rewound is the memoir of the pioneering film and television producer, Peter Morley.

His first job, aged 16, was as a rewind-boy in London’s Dominion Cinema. His rise to editing, and then writing and directing, documentary films was interrupted by the Second World War and four years in a tank. In 1955, as ITV was about to go on the air, Morley took the plunge and joined Associated-Rediffusion as a freelance director/producer. He was responsible for an eclectic mix of programmes, ranging from ITV’s first opera, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, to major outside broadcasts such as the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, and the memorable KITTY – RETURN TO AUSCHWITZ.

Morley also made a host of single documentaries and long-running series, including THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LORD MOUNTBATTEN, THIS WEEK and WOMEN OF COURAGE. He is credited with over 200 titles. In later years he pioneered the first interactive videodiscs, the forerunners of CDs and DVDs. Morley is an RTS Fellow and Silver Medallist and was appointed OBE in 1969. He has a formidable list of national and international television awards to his name.

The Royal Television Society has a web page dedicated to him, containing a downloadable PDF by Morley on his life and work and which inludes many illustrations, available from the site – click here.

To order a copy of the book visit the website of the publisher, Bank House Books.

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