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I Was Bored On Christmas Day: 90s Christmas Telly from Ant and Dec to Zig and Zag

Telling the story of the nineties through the TV that we watched and the people who made it, this is a kiss under the mistletoe with the shows the defined a nation and a fumble with the things that fell through the cracks. From “Bullseye” to B*Witched, my new book takes a nostalgic potter through the past whilst documenting its impact on the present. Its an era where we said “Eh-oh” to the Teletubbies and goodbye to the Trotters, Noel Edmonds was everywhere and people nervously waited out the Millennium and the end of times it would inevitably bring. A time where mobile phones, the internet and DVD were becoming an affordable reality yet co-existed in a world where Bamboozle on Teletext, the Funfax and VHS cassette labels marked in red ink “MUM’S TAPE – SOLDIER SOLDIER – DO NOT TOUCH” were still a regular sight in many homes.

Programmes featured include Bruce Forsyth’s Generation Game”, “Bernard and the Genie”, “Des O’ Connor Tonight”, “Stella Street”, “The Wrong Trousers”, “Teletubbies”, “Newman and Baddiel Christmas in Pieces”, “The Ghosts of Oxford Street”, “Maid Marian and Her Merry Men”, “TFI Friday”, “Men Behaving Badly”, “Auntie’s Bloomers”, “2 Point 4 Children”, “Stars In Their Eyes”, “Light Lunch”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Dinnerladies”, “Beavis and Butt-Head”, “Father Ted”, “Gladiators”, “The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon”, “The Flint Street Nativity” and “The Wizard Of Oz…On Ice”. Plus star names including Take That, Madonna, Harry Hill, Quentin Crisp, Lenny Henry, Mrs Merton, Willie Carson, Adam and Joe, Johnny Vegas, Rory Bremner, Edd The Duck, Mr Blobby, Lulu, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Spice Girls.

There’s no through clear cut story to the 90s which rose and fell in both public mood and global events but through the TV we saw it all. From the first Gulf War to the Rodney King attack and the riots that followed. From the fall of Thatcher to the rise of New Labour. There was the constantly discussed and reviewed OJ Simpson trial, the cloning of Dolly the Sheep, Lorena Bobbitt‘s knife work, Oasis vs. Blur, the UK’s return of Hong Kong, Titanic making a billion at the box office, the resurgence of the Wonderbra, peace in Northern Ireland, the Channel Tunnel, Versace‘s assassination, the drama of Italia ’90 and Euro 96, Geri‘s Union Jack dress, the growth of the internet and sites like Napster threatening the music industry for the first time, Rwandan genocide, Nirvana and the shocking suicide of Kurt Cobain, Black Wednesday, a new Scottish Parliament, women priests, the boom in adult animation, Poll Tax riots and the constantly under scrutiny life and death of Princess Diana. It was the nineties and it feels like it happened only two minutes ago and simultaneously in another lifetime.

Lets escape the present, together shall we?

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Christmas Was Better In The 80s

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0829CSV4M

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1670026906

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LAST AMAZON DATE: 20TH DEC FOR FREE DELIVERY

LAST AMAZON PRIME DATE: 23RD DECEMBER

Its finally here! During a particularly tough time, I needed a challenge and inspired by NaNoWriMo thought I’d set myself the task of writing a new book before the end of the year/ However, fiction and me arent the greatest of pals and whilst I can write dialogue for days, plot eludes me at the best of times – even my A-Level Media Studies final film was ripped off the first Bottom live video. And so I ended up diving back into the world of festive telly after the continued interest in my earlier book “Festive Double Issue: Forty Years of Christmas TV” published in 2017. Since the initial burst of sales its been an oddly slow-burn success on Kindle, selling all year round.

Ready for the hard sell? Ok… “From the smash hits to the forgotten obscurities, it’s a unique, factual yet comic look back at everything from “Only Fools and Horses” to the “Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper”. It was a time before satellite TV or even a fourth channel. When the big film really was The Big Film and millions tuned in for the varied likes of “EastEnders”, “Cannon and Ball”, “Mr T’s Christmas Dream”, “Minder”, The Snowman”, “Russ Abbot’s Madhouse”, “Fraggle Rock”, “The Bells of Astercote”, “The Equalizer”, “Wogan in Pantoland”, “Palace Hill”, “Noel’s Christmas Presents”, “ALF’s Special Christmas”, “Spitting Image”, “The First Annual Stuntman Awards” and “Terry and June” among many others.”

With over 125 unique, all-new mini articles, it’s a fun, breezy read whether you’re barmy about the box or a vicarious viewer. And its a perfect gift for Christmas thats not available in the shops so they cant possibly have it already! How often does that opportunity come along?

So tune in, chill out and let them know it’s Christmas Time. Even if its March.

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New Book – Death x3 Stereo x3

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Kindle / eBook Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VSHVG3W

Alternative Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/108615620X

Hello popfans! I’ve written a new book about the strange world of music and its out now! There’s interesting stories from the industry, reviews, features and more personal pieces about how my life has been affected by pop including my tips on how to be a non-superstar DJ, the time I appeared in a rock video and even my guide to the perfect funeral party! Its basically a musical version of my book from last year “Kill Your Television” and I’m incredibly proud of it.

Click here to download a 50+ page preview of the new book!

There’s articles on:

  • The biggest bands that never made the top ten;
  • Irish pop from a distinctly outside perspective;
  • The early days of Frank Sidebottom;
  • The UK’s top 25 drinking songs;
  • The best of Creation Records;
  • The mysterious majesty of Australian art rock lunatics TISM;
  • Suggs and Judge Dredd – a marriage made in the IsoCubes?;
  • Why Kenickie deserved better;
  • The least greatest Greatest Hits,
  • Bowie, The Beatles and Barry McGuigan!
  • Plus: Terrorvision, Zig and Zag, Foo Fighters, The Levellers, Fountains of Wayne, Smith and Jones, Feeder, Madness and even Welephant. And much more! So much more!

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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!