READING-IS-FUN ENDEAVOUR which wasn’t set in a tower and didn’t show many books. Famous faces took turns to recite tall tales to camera a bit like JACKANORY only less po-faced. DR WHO did it for a while, before STEPHEN MOORE took over in 1982, providing a less harrowing introduction to the likes of Tom’s Midnight Garden and Not Now, Bernard. Then ALUN ARMSTRONG ascended the steps in ’84, swiftly followed the year after by NEIL INNES, capably interviewing the ageing writer of the Green Knowe books, Lucy Boston. Still, the Tom Baker era is forever associated with the programme: that unnerving kids-in-stately-home-hiding-behind-sliding-panels-and-being-spied-on-by-scary-man atmosphere. Continual references to something called the Book Tower Watcher’s Guide, which we’re pretty sure no-one ever bothered with.
1979 to 1989 on ITV (Yorkshire)