Kaleidoscope is based in Birmingham and the Black Country. In recent years Kaleidoscope have become specialists in finding lost TV footage, and they run ITV’s Raiders of the Lost Archives campaign through the www.lostshows.com website.
In recent months Kaleidoscope are actively working with the BBC on the Genome Project providing metadata from the vast database created by Invisible Technology Ltd of British TV programmes.
They work as archive consultants on many new TV shows. Their credits include The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse, Come on Down - The Game Show Story and Frankie Howerd. Chris Perry is a Research Associate of the Royal Holloway University of London.
Working in conjunction with Farcical Films, Kaleidoscope Productions have been making TV shows since 2006. Headed up by Rory Clark and Chris Perry, they specialise in programmes about the heritage of British television. Previous films include An Afternoon with Alfred Burke, The Bob Monkhouse Collection and Hodson's Choice.
Their latest film, The Native Hue of Resolution was commissioned by the British Film Institute and was shown in NFT1 in December 2013.
Since 1993 Kaleidoscope Publishing has been producing books and magazines.
Our research guides are considered definitive records of British TV output.
Our authors include James Cellan Jones, Michael Barratt, Richard Marson and Robert Banks Stewart writing on a range of subject matters including Nationwide, Top of the Pops, Blue Peter, Week Ending, Sexton Blake and The Goodies.
The skilled designers also create DVD sleeves for the BFI and other projects.
Simon Coward and Chris Perry have written a regular TV Memories column for the Express & Star newspaper.
The Kaleidoscope Archive contains over 160,000 items including the Bob Monkhouse Collection, Illuminations, the estate of Jeremy Beadle and holdings from the BBC and ITV. Technical facilities to access the archive are provided by TDA.
The Kaleidoscope Archive is also a unique repository for lost TV footage including missing footage from The Golden Shot, Family Fortunes, Pan's People, Kenny Everett and Benny Hill. In recent years Kaleidoscope has returned many missing programmes to TV archives including Top of the Pops, Lift Off, Coronation Street, Second City Firsts and three editions of Till Death Us Do Part. Our Facebook page and Twitter feed report all new finds.
Kaleidoscope’s unique position as an archive trusted by the BBC, ITV and BFI means that we provide logistical support and archive space for many items considered culturally important.
Since 1990 Kaleidoscope has run events at BAFTA, the NEC and in Stourbridge. Our BAFTA event for the 50th Anniversary of Blue Peter was described by Biddy Baxter, the programme’s major producer, as “better than the BBC’s in-house event”.
Most recently we have run regular events at The Talbot Hotel, Stourbridge.
“ITV and Kaleidoscope have worked together for many years in sharing knowledge and information about ITV's rich broadcasting history and ITV have donated archive materials to Kaleidoscope to help assist with their endeavours in preserving and exploring past British T.V. programming.
“The in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm that Kaleidoscope possess, is a valuable resource not only to the broadcasting and production communities but also to anyone interested in this important area of our culture.”
“When I launched the Treasure Hunt for missing programmes from the BBC Archive nearly 15 years ago it was encouraging to know that Kaleidoscope were in the background helping and more importantly still there doing great work tracing missing TV.”
“...a very enterprising group of people in the midlands called Kaleidoscope who specialise in looking at old programmes, gettings copies that everyone thinks have long disappeared and they find them and restore them, and they do credits lists for people like me.”
“Kaleidoscope saves classic British television shows which would have been lost to the nation forever. Their volunteers do it with love, professionalism and enthusiasm, at the same time managing to raise money for The Royal National Lifeboat charity too. Thanks, Kaleidoscope!”
“Years ago, often for financial reasons, television companies wiped or recorded over iconic shows that were lost forever. Or so it seemed... Some individuals video recorded their favourite programmes. In many cases the quality was as good as the original. Lots of these tapes have been donated to Kaleidoscope making it the definitive library of rare and ‘lost’ TV shows. Now, of course, the TV companies want them back to show them again. Kaleidoscope events are a ‘must’ for people in the television industry and TV buffs.”
“Kaleidoscope is a key organisation in the search for lost television programmes, the provision of information about television of the past and the forging of links amongst television companies, academics and TV enthusiasts.”