John Coates is best known as the producer of The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter, and Famous Fred, and as the man behind the Beatles film Yellow Submarine. This intimate biography takes the reader on a journey through Coates's early life, his years as an army officer in the 11th Hussars in World War II, and his postwar life as a distributor for Rank films throughout Asia, before returning to England and eventually taking over TV Cartoons. With a foreword by Raymond Briggs and an epilogue by Coates himself, this abundantly illustrated work also includes a DVD of selections from Coates's work.
Marie Beardmore is a former media journalist based in Paris, where she writes for TV and is working on her own projects, including the adult animation Umbilical Man and a graphic novel,Rose.
1. Early Years 2. Army Years 3. Early Days at Rank, Far East, Asia 4. Rank: Madrid 5. How it All Began: Rediffusion and ATV 6. From Film to Television to the start of TVC 7. TVC and the Beatles 8. Yellow Submarine 9. Endings and Beginnings 10. Post George: a New Era 11. The Snowman 12. Post Snowman 13. When the Wind Blows 14. Life Matters: Becoming a Granpa and Holiday in Kenya 15. Granpa 16. Seychelles 17. Father Christmas 18. Recession 19. Beatrix Potter 20. Cartoon Forum and dalliances 21. Three more half hour specials 22. Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter 23. Famous Fred 24. The Bear 25. Another Exotic holiday. Bali 26. John Winds up TVC 27. Oi Get off Our Train: TVC and Varga 28. John Brothers 29. Retirement at the Lake St. Croix 30. Ethel and Earnest Epilogue