Tom Steel was born in 1943 in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1965 after graduating from Cambridge, he joined the staff of Rediffusion Television as a programme researcher. From 1968 he worked for Thames Television as a producer and director on such programmes as Today, This Week and People and Politics. After leaving Thames Television he worked as a freelance producer and director on numerous programmes for ITV, BBC and Channel 4. In 1989 he married Peta Van den Bergh. They lived in London where Tom died suddenly in July 2007. He had been updating this book at the time of his death.
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