Friday, 23 December 2016

The Red Dwarf BBC Broadcasts Guide

What follows is a (hopefully) comprehensive listing of every time the BBC broadcast the original 52 episodes of the first eight series of Red Dwarf. I’ve not included any information on Dave or other UKTV channels (either their repeats of the BBC series or the four new series they’ve produced), mostly because it would have been impossible to do so whilst also keeping the tables readable and would’ve had to be constantly updated, but rest assured that had I been able to, I would have.

All information about the broadcast times and dates was taken from BBC Genome. Some corrections and information on censorship were taken from articles on Ganymede & Titan which I should stress were nothing to do with me whatsoever. If you know of any corrections to make to these listings at all, please get in touch - you can use the comments or tweet me.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Simpsons on the BBC: A Ludicrously Comprehensive Timeline

8 January 1988
BBC Two begins showing a new US import, The Tracey Ullman Show. All the crude animated bumpers featuring a cartoon family are edited out. I bet that’s the last we’ll hear of that.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Cretan Chronicles

Across 1985 and 1986, the three volumes in an adventure gamebook series called Cretan Chronicles were published by Puffin Books. Puffin also published the hugely popular Fighting Fantasy range, but whilst the Cretan Chronicles had some elements of the FF design in their covers, they were also distinctly different.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Momentum or Maomentum?

The following were all genuinely posted on Twitter. Some are satirical; others are the genuine thoughts of Corbyn supporters. But can you sort the members of Momentum from those of Maomentum? Answers are to be found at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Horror Classic Gamebooks

The year is 1986, and adventure gamebooks are hugely popular in Britain. (You might also know them as ‘interactive fiction’ or ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’.) The genre was popularised in Britain by the Fighting Fantasy series, which launched in 1982 and inspired dozens upon dozens of similar series. Some of these were great; some of them were The Cretan Chronicles. One gamebook author whose work definitely lands in the first category is J.H. Brennan.