Yes, the unbelievably long-overdue documentary about this very special piece of television history has finally been released on DVD!
Headed by Rich Lawden (known as P2P Productions around these parts) and Lesley Manning, the original director of Ghostwatch, Behind The Curtains is a 90-minute exploration of the Screen One drama that sparked a furore that spread through the BBC and beyond.
Featuring interviews with the writer Stephen Volk, Lesley Manning, producers Ruth Baumgarten and Richard Broke, participants Craig Charles, Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene and Mike Smith as well as contributions from people who have admired and been inspired by the show such as Andy Nyman and Kim Newman. Closer to home we have G&T residents Jonathan Capps and Tanya Jones as well as TORDFC’s Jo Sharples passing their $0.02 into the fold. Which is obviously excellent.
I’m also happy to say I was asked to contribute some animations that precede each chapter, a bit of sound design and a minor voice part…
It’s a brilliant piece of work that contains very frank and candid accounts of the processes of 1990s TV production as well as how the BBC dealt with the aftermath of Ghostwatch’s one and only airing to date on British screens, which is testament to the following that this programme has achieved for the past 21 years.
It’s being released through Lawman Productions at an introductory price of £12.99 (+ £1.95 p+p) for a limited time so get it while it’s a lil’ bit cheaper!
To whet your appetite, it’s probably worth listening to the PipesCast we did back in May 2010 (which just goes to show how long we’ve been waiting for this documentary to bubble to the surface).
So, you know. Go get it!