Since the earliest blossoming of British television drama, scriptwriter Nigel Kneale has been a seminal figure. His BBC Quatermass serials were seismic events in Fifties popular culture, becoming internationally successful when adapted for the big screen. His later TV plays, such as The Road, The Stone Tape and The Year of the Sex Olympics, skilfully blended elements of science fiction and the ghost story, and remain hugely influential classics.
This fully revised new edition of Kneale's biography charts his extraordinary career, from his childhood on the Isle of Man, to his fraught days at the BBC, strange adventures in Hollywood, and eventually status as a legend to legions of devotees. It draws on a wealth of research and many hours of interviews with the subject himself, as well as prominent admirers including John Carpenter, Ramsey Campbell, Grant Morrison, Russell T Davies, and Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson of the League of Gentlemen.