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1 9 7 2 – 1 9 8 2 (UK)
483 x 30 minute episodes

Clapperboard debuted in 1972 and provided a comprehensive look at the cinema world in its entirety. Very much an arts documentary series, Clapperboard investigated not only the contemporary world of cinema but also its history.

Over a period of 10 years, Granada Television produced 483 episodes of this 30-minute programme which was primarily aimed at kids but attracted an adult following also.

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The series was presented by Chris Kelly and produced by Muriel Young (who presented the occasional episode when Kelly was unavailable) and film historian Graham Murray who wrote and compiled the episodes.

Leslie Halliwell was involved initially also but soon drifted away from the production due to his various duties as chief film buyer for ITV.

With an obvious passionate interest in the minutiae of film making, Clapperboard also found time to dedicate episodes to the Elstree carpentry shop and film cameraman Oswald Morris.