Saturday 2 April 2022

Curious British Telly Fanzine Issue 6 - Out Now!

It may be a little later than planned - thanks to a combination of other projects and a nasty bout of sinusitis - but the good news is that the sixth issue of the Curious British Telly fanzine is finally here.

If you've previously read a copy, then you should know what to expect; articles which probe into the more unusual crevices of British television, quizzes, artwork and, of course, a wordsearch. But, rather than provide just a vague overview, I'm going to grant you the respect you deserve and expand a little further on the contents.

The earliest days of Ceefax, when it was estimated that only six people could view it, are exhumed from the depths of time and placed under the Curious British Telly microscope, better known as my eyes. A little known 1979 adaptation of The Diary of a Nobody - starring the Demon Headmaster - is investigated and, spoiler alert, we learn that it's an absolute bobbydazzler. Meanwhile, Neil Martin is on hand (or should that be his posterior? I have no idea of his writing position) to look at the phenomenon that was comedy magazines in the mid-1990s. At the same time, Colin Wright keeps the art school credentials of the fanzine flowing with a nifty piece of artwork.

Oh, and I've gone overboard on reviews of early-EastEnders merchandise with a look at The EastEnders Sing-Along album and the 1986 EastEnders annual. But don't let this put you off, as there's plenty more in the fanzine as per the graphic at the end of this article.

As ever, the cost of the fanzine is £3.50 (inc P&P) - if you're abroad then just drop me an email and I'll work out a cost. The email for ordering the fanzine is

And, finally, if you feel like you could contribute something interesting and compelling to the fanzine, please get in touch with a writing sample. If you get an article in then you'll get a free copy for your troubles.

Thanks for the support!

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