Saturday, 23 February 2008 08:48

While the previous event had been logistically sound, it was decided to go back to the original style of venue. Relocating to Pontin's Sand Bay Holiday Village near Weston-Super-Mare...


"Cult TV: Telly Breakaway" saw a big turnout of guests from both sides of the Atlantic. 

Along with Wendy Padbury and writer Troy Kennedy Martin who arrived unannounced, attendees were entertained by the likes of Kristen Cloke from Space: Above and Beyond, Paul Darrow from Blake's 7, Carrie Dobro and Marjean Holden from the Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade, the first UK convention appearance of the late Michael Billington (UFO, The Onedin Line), Doctor Who assistants Frazer Hines, Louise Jameson and Nicola Bryant, plus William Gaunt, Bill Pertwee, Michael Sheard, mastermind of the latest Blake’s 7 revival Andrew Sewell, Nigel Plaskitt and Hartley Hare, and make-up artist Sue Kneebone.

The cabaret was provided by comedian Mitch Benn, as well as a certain "Nigel Charles", a Sinatra impersonator also known as Stephen Triffitt, who would go on to take the runner-up honour in the televised ITV final of the following year's Stars In Their Eyes.

Sky One Television took the opportunity to launch their new Autumn schedule at the Weekender. Aiding the production team, which had already grown in terms of size and expertise, the new technical crew - BK Sound and Vision of Telford - laid on an audio-visual display that allowed attendees to keep in touch with what was going on no matter which one of the venues they were in.

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