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Magnus Magnusson I'VE STARTED SO I'LL FINISH Signed Hardback

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First edition, reprint hardback of the Story of Mastermind, published by Little, Brown and Company in 1997. Signed 'Best Wishes' by the author on the title page
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First edition, reprint hardback of I'VE STARTED SO I'LL FINISH The Story of Mastermind, by Magnus Magnusson and published by Little, Brown and Company, London in 1997. Signed 'Best Wishes' by Magnus Magnusson on the title page. Foreword by Bamber Gascoigne.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black boards with silver lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is price clipped (slight creasing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Magnus Magnusson was the presenter of Mastermind on BBC television for twenty five years. This is an inside story of the most compelling of television quiz shows.

"It's only a bloody game!".

Thus Magnus Magnusson's words of reassurance at the start of every 'Mastermind' programme, in an attempt to cheer up the nervous contestants as they awaited the ordeal of the Black Chair.

But Mastermind, of course, was more than a game: it was a national institution, a must for millions of viewers for 25 years. When the BBC announced that it was to come to an end, it made front-page news in every national daily; leaders were written, even an 'obituary' in the Daily Telegraph, and the overwhelming reaction was one of dignified dismay at the loss of a programme whose only star was the human mind at work.

In this fascinating and revealing book the Interrogator himself, Magnus Magnusson, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a television programme which made broadcasting history. He takes us back to the early days, relates how it all began with an RAF gunner being interogated by the Gestapo, and how a philandering TV character and Mrs Mary Whitehouse catapulted the show into a prime-time viewing slot. He tells of the locations, the question-setters, the people who made it work and, of course, the stories of the winners and losers: the retired ambassador; the 'wheelchair vet'; the novelist accused of cheating and, naturally, that London cabbie.

Drawing on the memories and records of the Mastermind Club - an exclusive haven for the survivors of the Black Chair - as well as his own unique knowledge of the programme, Magnus Magnusson re-creates the drama, the humour, the mishaps and the mind-games that combined to form the most compelling of all quiz shows. Revealing and entertaining, I've Started So I'll Finish is the inside story of a broadcasting institution, and a heart-warming account of a great family of friends and friendly rivals."

272 pages. Illustrated with black & white photographs.

ISBN: 0 316 64132 4

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1342
  • Weight:
    0.8kg