Into The Unknown

The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (Revised & Updated)


The only biography of legendary scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, fully revised & updated.


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Since the earliest days of British television drama, scriptwriter Nigel Kneale has been a seminal figure. His Quatermass serials for the BBC were a seismic event in the 1950s, before finding international success when adapted by Hammer Films for the big screen. Later TV plays, such as The Road, The Stone Tape and The Year of the Sex Olympics, skilfully blend elements of science fiction and the ghost story. They remain classics and Kneale himself a great influence on popular culture.

Into the Unknown charts Nigel Kneale’s extraordinary career, from his childhood on the Isle of Man, to his fraught days at the BBC, strange adventures in Hollywood, and his status as legend to legions of fans. It draws on a wealth of research and many hours of interviews with Kneale himself, as well as prominent admirers. These include John Carpenter, Ramsey Campbell, Grant Morrison, Russell T Davies, and Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson of the League of Gentlemen.

Written with the co-operation of Nigel Kneale himself, and drawing heavily on extensive interviews with him, this new edition of Into The Unknown — fully revised and updated — features a wealth of previously unpublished material.

A pioneer in science fiction.John Carpenter
People have been riffing off him for a long time.Grant Morrison
Nigel Kneale invented popular television.Mark Gatiss


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By Andy Murray
Book Format Paperback
Book Pagecount 340
Book Size 229mm x 152mm
SKU: 2838023a778d


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A thorough and well-researched read for anyone interested in television history, science fiction, or who might have spent Saturday nights as a child hiding behind the sofa during Quatermass and the Pit, and is highly recommended.Adrian Smith, CinemaRetro
A fascinating account of a key figure. 8/10Paul Simpson, Sci-Fi Bulletin
Features a wealth of previously unpublished material.John Freeman, Down the Tubes
This is a really good book, combining interviews with Kneale with a complete accounting and exploration of his work, including unproduced scripts that I had no idea even existed. This is recommended for writers, for people who like genre television, cultural history – and, even for people who’ve never heard of him. Because you should know about Nigel Kneale.Warren Ellis, Orbital Operations
All that incredible work, and Kneale was a busy writer until his passing in 2006, is brought beautifully into focus in the new edition of Andy Murray’s splendid biography Into The Unknown.Ralph McLean, The Irish News
This is not merely the story of a man who wrote scripts for TV, this is the story of one of sci-fi/ horror’s greatest creative talents.Darren Charles, Musique Machine


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