TV This month's 'off the telly' features a good survey of the kinds of books people write about television. It's a careful tightrope between giving what the public want and creating something which might be of interest to someone who might be browsing on the bookshopshelf. It's frighteningly comprensive, including many of my picks (although I think the book about Live TV is better than they say and worth a look), but I would also like to mention the Michael Palin travelogue diaries, this life: The Companion Guide (which is carefully in keeping with the drama it represents), Cunning: The "Blackadder" Programme Guide (which takes the unusual step of covering shows which influenced and were influenced by the series) and my Doctor Who novelisation pick is The Daleks (which pretends that the first story never happened and opens like a noir thriller) ....

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