Kaleidoscope (organisation)

Industry Television and radio research
Founded 1987 (1987)
Headquarters Birmingham, West Midlands, England



Revenue Nonprofit
Website www.kaleidoscope.org.uk

Kaleidoscope (The Classic Television Organisation), is a nonprofit organisation that recovers and stores classic television programmes in their archive. In the past the organisation has staged television festivals in the West Midlands area, having release numerous television research guides.[1] Proceeds from such events are donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.[2][3]


Kaleidoscope was formed in 1988 by television enthusiasts to show appreciation and to research vintage television shows. In late 2013 ten year after Bob Monkhouse passed away a large number of television and radio programmes were donated to Kaleidoscope from Bob Monkhouse's archive.[4]

In 1993 along with the British Film Institute Kaleidoscope have been running a campaign called Missing, Believed Wiped (sometimes called: Raiders of the Lost Archive).[5][6][7][8] The campaign has led to numerous episodes being recovered from Steptoe and Son, Dad's Army, a Dennis Potter and more than sixty classics BBC or ITV programmes from 1957 to 1969 in the Library of Congress[5][6]

The organisation was also featured in a 2015 edition of BBC television programme Inside Out were they explain about missing television.[1]

Notable recoveries


  1. 1 2 "Kaleidoscope - the men who found our 'lost' TV archives". BBC News. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. "The Royal National Lifeboat Institution". petford.net. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. "TV fans step back in time to help keep lifeboat charity afloat". Stourbridge News. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  4. Plaicce, Andy (29 December 2013). "Cache in the attic: Bob Monkhouse hid 50,000 comedy videos in his loft". Daily Express. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Rediscovered TV Drama". British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  6. 1 2 Thorpe, Vanessa (12 September 2010). "Lost tapes of classic British television found in the US". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. "Kaleidoscope Raiders of the Lost Archives list 2009 – 2010". wipednews.com. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  8. "Can you help the Raiders of the Lost Archive?". ITV. Archived from the original on 27 August 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  9. "The Avengers (1961) – Lost Episode 'Tunnel Of Fear' From The Very First Series Rediscovered After 55 Years!". ianhendry.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Kaleidoscope" (PDF). archivingtomorrow.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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