Friday, August 21, 2020

Book: Totally Tasteless (Marson)

Totally Tasteless
- The Life of John Nathan-Turner -

Richard Marson

Miwk Publishing Ltd. 2016

1 comment:

Simon St. Laurent said...

When John Nathan-Turner executive produced Doctor Who, from 1980 to its cancellation in 1989, I had more or less abandoned watching the long-running British series as a regular viewer. WNED (the PBS affiliate in Buffalo, NY) ran DW in the early 1980s, and I did catch a few of the episodes governed by "JNT", so I was aware of him and the changes he made: some controversial, some essential ― getting rid of Tom Baker, who had become intractable.

Two years ago I ordered the above book and immediately started reading it. For some reason I did not do a review. Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan-Turner is a captivating, absorbing, and detailed document on a complicated man and television producer. Author Richard Marson created an important work, certainly for "Whovians" and for those who are interested in television production and its politics. It is a brilliant biography, and a fascinating look into the BBC of the 1980s.