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Shindler, Colin, b. 1949 (writer and television producer)



Colin Shindler has maintained an active interest in twentieth century American and British social and cultural history whilst pursuing a wide-ranging career as a writer and producer in television, radio and motion pictures, and as an author of books and journalism for forty years. His academic publications include Hollywood goes to war: films and American society 1939-1952 (1979) and Hollywood in crisis: films and American society 1929-1939. His non-fiction novel Garbo and Gilbert in love (2005) was an imaginative reconstruction of the infamous relationship of the two MGM actors. In addition he has published three books on football and British social history, the best known of which is Manchester United ruined my life (1998). He wrote the screenplay for the film Buster starring Phil Collins and Julie Walters and was the producer of such television dramas as Lovejoy, Wish me luck and A little princess, for which he won a Bafta award, and Young Charlie Chaplin, starring Twiggy, which was nominated for a U.S. Prime Time Emmy. He has written two novels as well as numerous television scripts and radio plays. He was awarded his Ph.D. by Cambridge University and has lectured for the History Faculty there on film and history since 1998. In 2015 his biography of the Test cricketer Bob Barber, The professional amateur, was nominated for the MCC Book of the Year. Four lions, his book on the relationship between four England football captains and post-war English social and cultural history, was published in April 2016 and I ‘m sure I speak for many others..., a collection of complaints to the BBC from viewers and listeners, in September 2017.

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Colin Shindler papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10290
Scope and Contents

Papers relating to writing, television, film and radio projects of Colin Shindler.

Dates: c. 1970 - 2015
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