Not all books are collaborations, although some are. All television programmes are collaborations without exception. So there is no use my writing an introduction to this book – essentially the book of the series – as if it were all my own work. The book wouldn’t exist without the series and the series wouldn’t exist without its Producer, Beatrice Ballard. Fame in the Twentieth Century started as an idea by her. It took her three years of fanatically dedicated work, supervising every detail of its immense effort in scripting, research, editing and administration, to make the idea a reality. You have to imagine a whole corridor lined with cutting rooms full of editors toiling like troglodytes; another corridor lined with viewing rooms manned by red-eyed researchers working a two-shift system; a block-long open plan office full of sweating personnel hunched at word processors – and this mere slip of a woman controlling it all with a smile here, a quiet word there, and only the occasional flourish of her fifteen-foot Australian stock whip. Watching her in action through the slit in my cell door, I was able to remind myself that my part was the easy part, even when it didn’t feel like it.
-- BBC White City, 1992