With the OTT Book now on sale, what better time to take a look at some other wonderful telly-related books from the ages? We’ll be posting one (or two) page (or pages) from a different book each and every day until we forget to, we’ve covered all the TV-tie-in books in our collection, or we get called up to captain Wales at the World Cup Finals and are subsequently too busy to post any more scans. Place your bets.
As pretty much all the books in question have long since been deleted by their publishers, there shouldn’t be any legal difficulty there, we hope. Unlike all those superinjunctions that we've leaked on our Google Buzz page which luckily no-one has noticed yet for some reason. In any case, we’re putting these scans online under the banner of ‘BrokenTV’, and no-one else. Just in case anyone starts waving their lawyers around.
Today, a couple of pages from the Vic Reeves Big Night In tie-in book (by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Fantail Books 1991). In what’s quite a difference to the remainder of the book (re-written content from the show, lots of reliably wonderful Vic Reeves illustrations, comic strips done by a proper comic artist that subsequently don’t feel quite right in the world of Reeves and Mortimer), Vic and Bob quite earnestly discuss some of their favourite albums, namely offerings from The Cure, PiL, Kraftwerk, The Fall and Da La Soul.
A page (or two) from a different book tomorrow. Until then, why not take time to have a look at the TV-related book that all the skinny indie kids are calling OTTTBBOTBTVWNNNTTAN (Off The Telly: The Best Bits of the British TV Website 1999-2009)? Available from Lulu.com in paperback for just £16.99 (that's just £0.00005 per word!), or £3.99 for the PDF ebook version, with any profits going to Alzheimer's charities. Or, you can win a copy for free from here or here (as long as you enter by Friday. At 6pm. So, hurry).