A recent delve into the recesses of BrokenTV's parents' loft uncovered a load of print magazines (remember them?) from the mid-1990's. Which is lucky, as it gives us something to post about while our Sky+ box is on the blink (currently most channels appear to us in the form of a slide presentation narrated by Norman Collier). One of the gems uncovered was issue one of the short-lived but very excellent FourFourTwo-but-about-telly magazine, The Box. And, thanks to the unique way BrokenTV is funded, we've scanned in some of the best bits to share (instead of, say, flogging it on eBay).
The cover, featuring lots of things we haven't scanned in. Look, it's really annoying trying to scan in things from annoyingly-just-bigger-than-A4 magazines as it is, so we've had to limit ourselves.
Click to embiggen each of the following:
Yes, it's Jerome Seinfeld. Heading straight for the top of the comedy hierarchy, there.
Fresh from his stint helming the enjoyable BBC2 "What Britain and the US think of each other" jaw-fest Where's Elvis This Week, it's Jon Stewart. Despite what the article says, BBC2 didn't bother thinking up a new vehicle for Jon, and pausing only to usurp Larry Sanders fictional chatshow crown, he moved on to The Daily Show, and the rest is history. Dave Gorman was on it the other day, you know. So, having let 'The Next Jonathan Ross' slip through their fingers, how often has the old Jonathan Ross been on the Beeb? According to the wonderful BBC Programme Catalogue, about 902 times.
Bill Bailey, being damned with faint praise, here. 'The Next Richard Digance', indeed.
What the future of television used to be. "1998: Viewers have to pay £600 for a black decoder box" [Harry Hill voice] No, we didn't! "2003: JVC launches the first 3D TV" No, they didn't! "You better start getting used to... Pay Per View: For boxing, football, movies, porn, any time they think they can get away with it." No, they... oh.
More scanned artifacts from the last century next time, viewers.