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John Coates: The Man Who Built the Snowman

John Coates: The Man Who Built the Snowman

By: Marie Beardmore (author), Raymond Briggs (editor)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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 Years2. Army Years3. Early Days at Rank, Far East, Asia4. Rank: Madrid5. How it All Began: Rediffusion and ATV6. From Film to Television to the start of TVC7. TVC and the Beatles8. Yellow Submarine9. Endings and Beginnings10. Post George: a New Era11. The Snowman12. Post Snowman13. When the Wind Blows14. Life Matters: Becoming a Granpa and Holiday in Kenya15. Granpa 16. Seychelles17. Father Christmas18. Recession19. Beatrix Potter20. Cartoon Forum and dalliances21. Three more half hour specials22. Wind in the Willows, Willows in Winter23. Famous Fred24. The Bear25. Another Exotic holiday. Bali26. John Winds up TVC27. Oi Get off Our Train: TVC and Varga28. John Brothers29. Retirement at the Lake St. Croix30. Ethel and EarnestEpilogue

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780861966820
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780861966820
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 0861966821

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