Tuesday 3 March 2020

My New Book is Out!

You may have noticed that Curious British Telly has been very quiet for the last year and a bit. But there's no need to worry. My passion for the oddities of British television remains strong. And, for the last year, I've been working on my new book More Curiosities of British Children's TV. And, even better, it's now available through Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.

It's the followup to my previous book The Curiosities of British Children's TV and continues a similar theme. However, this time I've featured more programmes and conducted more interviews. The end result is a book packed full of insights about all those shows you can't remember from your childhood.

Naturally, some of the shows featured are slightly better known than others. Ragtime and Heads and Tails were both popular shows in the 1970s, but have since slid into relative obscurity. Other shows such as Treasures of the Mindlord and Chris and Crumble, however, have barely left a trace in our collective memories.

Some people may say that this is with good reason. But I disagree with those people. Sure, these programmes may not have become cultural landmarks, but they are still part of our culture. And it's important that they're not completely forgotten about. That's why I've spent several months tracking these shows down and, where possible, the people behind them.

The best part of writing the book has, of course, been chatting with the people involved in the programmes. And I've managed to get som fantastic stars to contribut their thoughts and memories, so you can expect to hear from Derek Griffiths, Fred Harris, Joy Whitby, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Avril Rowlands, Rick Vanes, Paul Greenwood and many more.

Hopefully, there should be plenty in there to pique the interest of Curious British Telly readers. These are the untold stories of British television. And that's what this blog has always been about. So, if you pick up a copy, I hope you enjoy it. I'm now off to start planning the next book...


  1. I snapped it up as soon as I saw it was on Amazon, and am really enjoying it.
    I read the first book at around this time last year, a chapter a day, in the local country park (why does that sound dodgy?!) and doing the same with this one. Reading it in order, but particularly looking forward to the entries on 'Pinny's House' (which my mum enjoyed watching and I found really creepy) and 'Moondial' (which WAS creepy... but brilliant!)

    By the way, I've suggested it before, but a related 'Curiosities of British Sit-Coms' book, covering some forgotten, the obscure and the one-series-wonder comedies, would also go down a treat! :)

    1. Fantastic to hear that you're enjoying it! I've started work on the third book in the series now - might be a while until its out due to pandemic-related hurdles and wanting to make the next book a little longer!

      There probably will be a comedy one at some point. Not sure when though...

      And thanks for buying the books!