Thursday, 29 June 2017


From the winter of 1999: the first issue of ACTION TV magazine.

This issue wasn't the strongest of launches (starting with the masthead...) but it settled down to become a must-read magazine over the next few years with a lot of excellent and insightful journalism about the great adventure TV shows of yesterday.

There was always a heavy emphasis on the ITC adventure shows spanning the 1950-70s.  Which is no bad thing as they were great shows but, for me, I would have liked to have seen a bit more coverage of 1980s US adventure series which might have been formulaic but were entertaining and - from a production perspective - pretty slick given the restrictions of the format.  But it was never less than an essential read and I'm glad have got the complete run.

This is the sort of magazine I really miss.

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