Saturday, 23 February 2008 08:45

Looking to find a venue that could cater to everyone's taste, the newly redeveloped Southport Theatre and Floral Hall Complex was suggested for Cult TV 2002...


One fly in the ointment was that the venue could not stay open for 24 hours, running a continuous programme. However Southport Tourism and Sefton Council, who put their support behind the event, suggested using The Royal Clifton Hotel just along the seafront as a base of operations for the after-hours events.

For the production crew, this seemed like the ultimate solution. Feedback from previous events suggested attendees were split between those who liked hotel-based events and those who valued a more cheap and cheerful approach. Ranging from three-star hotels to simple bed and breakfasts, attendees could stay in accommodation according to their needs. With Southport Tourism dealing with all accommodation issues it left the crew time to concentrate on the programme.

The line up for the event included Dirk Benedict and Herb Jefferson Jr from Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1's Teryl Rothery, Virginia Hey from Farscape, Claudia Christian, David Jackson, Francis Matthews, Angus Lennie, along with special surprise appearances from Kenneth Cope and Doctor Who's Katy Manning, plus writers Philip Martin, Stephen Gallagher, Steven Paul Davies, Roger Goodman, Gareth Owen and John Freeman, director John Glen, and BBC Radio's Tony Currie. The late Don Estelle performed the Sunday night cabaret, and Rob Fairclough and Mike Kenwood launched their new book "Sweeney! The Official Companion" at the event.

Media coverage of the Weekender was intense, with local papers and radio stations covering the event, along with crews from BBC North West, Granada, and the Channel 4 morning show RI:SE. As the weekend progressed the weather worsened, but the upside was that we had arranged shuttle buses to ferry the attendees between locations during the late-night changeovers.

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