Kill Your Television

TV. Can’t live with it, can’t watch “Cash In The Attic” on Yesterday +1 without it.

My new book “Kill Your Television”, despite its nihilistic and indie disco hit borrowed title, is a love letter to all things televisual – taking in everything from ALF to Z Cars and paying tribute to the programmes, presenters, sounds and strange spin-offs that made the flashing square box in the corner of the room such a powerful friend and, occasionally, enemy. In this collection of essays and articles, I’m diving head first into television of the past and present with new and unseen articles on such diverse subjects as:

– The unseen pilot episodes of Blackadder, Star Trek, Brass Eye, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Big Bang Theory;

– The strange world of Russian daytime TV;

– Which comedy programmes made the best video game tie-ins;

– The best Saturday morning TV shows ever, from No.73 to The 8:15 From Manchester;

– Doc Croc and the legacy of one of Children’s ITV’s most dangerous shows;

– Why the Paramount Channel was often better with the teletext on;

– Ace teen detective Veronica Mars and why more people should sing her name;

– Teletubbies Vs Minder: which TV themes became the biggest chart hits;

– Is your favourite programme making a comeback? Probably;

– Thirty years of trying to be a fan of Red Dwarf;

– The rise of Ant and Dec and the importance of “SM:TV”;

– Which acts bombed hardest during the live “Comic Relief” broadcasts;

– The continued dreadfulness of Popeye;

– Why a clip show is in fact the greatest episode of “The Simpsons” ever;

– Series finales – were any of them any good?

And quite a bit more besides!

To buy a print copy (with 25% of the RRP), visit Lulu Press here.

Or to get a digital copy for Kindle and eReaders, visit Amazon here. £2.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited!

By Ben Baker

A little bomb with feelings. I write books and make podcasts.

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