Monday 13 September 2021

Curious British Telly Fanzine Issue 4 is Out Now!

Three months have passed, so it's time for another issue of the Curious British Telly fanzine. And, as per before, you're guaranteed to find a curious selection of essays, reviews, meanderings and quizzes within its 40 pages. The Curious British Telly Act of 2012 demands, of course, that this content should be both a head turner and a head scratcher; issue four doesn't disappoint on either count.

Following on from my unearthing of S4C's opening night, there's more interest for Welsh speakers in the form of Neil Martin's look at 1970s oddity Miri Mawr which includes an in-depth interview with Dafydd Hywel aka Caleb the Mole. Even if, much like myself, you don't speak any Welsh, it's well worth looking at the episode which is up on YouTube. And prepare to be left eyes agog. Moving on to slightly less terrifying television, Jon Dear continues the fanzine's jaunt through the 1970s with an examination of supernatural anthology series The Mind Beyond.

Heading back to the 1960s, for the first time in the fanzine's history, I take a look at the very first episode of Take Three Girls from 1969 and try to decide if it makes a good first impression. Next up, after jumping in my time machine, is If You See God, Tell Him, a multi-layered comedy drama from 1993 written by the dream team of David Renwick and Andrew Marshall. It's a brilliantly dark series and one which made an indelible mark on me when I saw it back in the 90s. I also take a quick look at The Pebble Mill at One Book from 1985 and give a review of Humpty's House - a Play School board game from 1983.

Perhaps most excitingly, Paul Putner popped by for a quick Q&A session in the time honoured tradition of similar formats from Smash Hits. So, if you've ever wondered what his favourite sandwich is or who his first love was, this is the article your entire life has been building towards. It's genuinely funny. Honest.

The full contents of issue four are as per below:

If you're interested in a copy then it's £3.50 (inc P+P) so just send me an email and let me know where to send the PayPal invoice. And there's good news for international readers: I'm now set up to send copies over the water, so get in touch if you're interested and I'll work out a cost dependent on your location. Back issues, as ever, remain available.

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