History of Cult TV

A year by year guide to the development of the Cult TV Festival, from its student union roots at Wolverhampton University in 1983 right through to the present day.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

The proposed new festival weekender CINEOLOGY LIVE! was cancelled due to the low number of bookings received since the event was announced in January 2010. This was despite tremendous support from the cast and crew of ASHES TO ASHES - the successor series to LIFE ON MARS - a favourite in the Cult TV Awards. Indeed, our thanks went out to Matthew Graham, Philip Glenister, Ashley Pharoah, Dean Andrews, Joseph Long, Geff Francis, Jane Featherstone and Simon Crawford Collins for accepting our invitations.

Those who had already booked were contacted by a Pontin's adviser to sort out refunds of payments, so there was no need to worry on that front. The unusual format of the event would have seen three series put under the spotlight, one on each day of the weekender (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), but it became apparent that the majority of agents of stars of other Cult TV series were going to demand ridiculous fees for what was to be a charity benefit event in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Cult TV first came into being as a Student Union Society in 1983 at Wolverhampton University, back when it was a Polytechnic...


Regular events began from September 1983, ranging from screenings to co-operative ventures with other fan groups (including Six Of One - The Prisoner Appreciation Society). Within weeks the Society had over 300 members - more than all the political societies combined!

At the time, whilst specific shows had their own unique fanbases, there was still no recognisable term to encompass television series with fan-followings that covered a multitude of genres.

Happening upon Danny Peary's seminal "Cult Movies" book, which categorised the various films outside the mainstream which elicited a fiery passion from enthusiastic filmgoers championing their favourite features, Alex J Geairns made the connection from one medium to the other and began organising weekly Cult TV meetings. Before the decision was made to go with the name "Cult TV", various other possibilities had been considered, including "Classic TV", "FAB TV", and "Retro TV". However, no term seemed to really capture the spirit in the way that "Cult TV" did.

In 1984 "mini" Cult TV magazines were issued to publicise events, many of the screenings organised in co-operation with Wider TeleVision Access (WTVA), in an effort to open up the television archives.

In March of 1985 the first proper issue of Cult TV Magazine appeared throughout the country via the network of speciality comic and book shops. A low budget affair, its balance of knowledgeable appreciation and irreverence set a tone which continued for the next four years.

Over the following years, various failed attempts were made to launch a commercial monthly magazine, but at the time no-one could be convinced that there was a viable market for such a tome - in hindsight, one can see that Cult TV was very much ahead of its time.

From these roots, it was not long before something much bigger grew. The 1992 FAB 1 Convention, held in Wolverhampton, was a celebration of Thunderbirds, and brought together Henry Holland, Tina Bailey, John Wilkinson, Mark Andrews, Sarah Barker and Alex J Geairns, who would form the nucleus of the first Cult TV crew.

Reunited in Watford the following year, 1993, at a Gerry Anderson convention, come Sunday evening with the event winding down, and joined by Idris Evans, everyone adjourned to an Indian Restaurant. During the meal, conversation turned to wondering why an event that celebrated all strands of television with fan followings had never been organised. Looking to entice Sylvia Anderson as one of the guests, the proposition was focused enough to be the beginning of the idea that would become the Cult TV Weekender.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

The first Cult TV event took place at Pontin’s Seacroft, Hemsby, on the Norfolk coast, a couple of miles north of Great Yarmouth over the weekend of 11-14 November 1994...


Special Guest of Honour was celebrated writer Harlan Ellison, whose numerous television credits included two award-winning scripts for The Outer Limits as well as the iconic Star Trek episode, "City on the Edge of Forever". Regrettably, Sylvia Anderson had to cancel, but it wouldn't be long before she would be a guest of Cult TV's.

Joining Harlan on the guest roster was Jon Pertwee, Doctor Who companions Sophie Aldred and Anneke Wills, writers Victor Pemberton, Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts, along with Carolyn Seymour from Survivors, Annette Andre (Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)) and her husband, the writer Arthur Weingarten, BBC effects expert Mat Irvine, Dave Rogers, Kevin Davies and Star Trek consultant Richard Arnold.

Many Ellison fans, believing he would never come to a television-oriented event, stayed away and the ambitious attendance target was never reached. While the charities got their money and the guests received their expenses, a hefty personal loan paid for the shortfall on the event; for a while it seemed that this would be the only Cult TV Weekend.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

A second year of Cult TV saw us stay in Norfolk, but move down the coast to Caister ...


The phrase "because you demanded it" can wear a bit thin, especially considering more recent events, but in the case of the second Cult TV Weekender it was precisely the case.

A larger production crew assisted with the organisation of the event, and a new location was selected - the Haven Holiday Centre at Caister, five miles down the road from the original venue.

The first UK convention appearances of both Mitch Pileggi and Nicholas Lea - Assistant Director Walter Skinner and Alex Krycek in The X-Files - and Linda Thorson who played Tara King in The Avengers - boosted attendance figures.

Joining them were Sylvester McCoy, Ed Bishop and Jane Merrow from UFO, Carol Cleveland, Ingrid Pitt, director John Hough, stuntman Terry Walsh, Bill Baggs and special effects technician Ian Scoones.

While the weekend itself ran smoothly, it started to become apparent that personnel within the crew were working against the good of the event, in a manner that may have spelled the beginning of the end for the Weekender.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

A return to Haven at Caister for a second year, but trouble is brewing ...


The success of the previous year meant a return to Haven at Caister. However in the lead-up to the event a hate campaign organised by a group believed to include former members of the Cult TV production crew meant that the Weekender almost didn't take place.

Proposed guests were sent abusive letters by persons unknown, and rumours of cancellation were rife at rival conventions and in announcements in fanzines. However, the production crew banded together to ensure that the show would go on.

Guests included Gerry Anderson, Barry Morse from The Fugitive and Space:1999, Colin Baker and Elisabeth Sladen from Doctor Who, Kathryn Leigh Scott, ITC producer Johnny Goodman, Sue Lloyd, Valerie Leon, John Carrigan, Red Dwarf actor and comedian Norman Lovett, author Steve Gillis, and composer Mark Ayres.

After an entertaining weekend the event ends on a melancholy note as it was decided that this was going to be the last Cult TV Weekender...

Saturday, 23 February 2008

A reversal of the cancellation decision saw Cult TV: Action 97 staged at Haven in Caister ...


A flood of well-wishers and pleas for another Weekender meant that the decision was made in late January to stage another event.

A change of management at Rank's head office (Haven's then-owners) calling for higher attendance figures than could be guaranteed, meant this was the last time Caister was used as the venue.

Special guests included Tom Baker, who took part in his first multi-guest panel in ten years, reunited with his former Doctor Who companion Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney, along with Deborah Watling, Jacqueline Pearce from Blake's 7, Robin of Sherwood's Phil Rose, Caroline Munro, comedian Paul Vallis, and surprise guest Paul Trussell.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

After a plethora of requests to stage the event at a more central location, the Moat House Hotel in Telford, Shropshire, was chosen as the next venue ...


Moved forward to September, the event marked the first UK appearances of Robert Trebor who played Salmoneus in Hercules - The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, and Eric Pierpoint - the star of Alien Nation.

Weekender attendees were also treated to a rare and unannounced visit from Sylvia Anderson who joined an impressive line-up that included Mary Tamm, Terrence Hardiman, Ziena Merton, Catweazle's Geoffrey Bayldon, Robert Hoffman, Cheryl Burfield and Spencer Banks from Timeslip, Steve Nallon, Michael Sheard, Nicholas Briggs, Dick Vosburgh, special effects director Graham Brown, and stuntman Frank Maher.

Courtesy of Network Video the screening programme ran the first ever screenings of Paul Starr and The Solarnauts. Both made in 1964 as pilots by Arthur Provis and Roberta Leigh and subsequently unbroadcast, the puppet adventure Paul Starr featured the voice of Ed Bishop, while the live-action SF drama The Solarnauts starred former newsreader Jan Leeming, Alex Scott, plus friend of Basil Brush, Derek Fowlds.

Though a critical success, the event was the worst-attended Cult TV Weekender up until that point, and a live appearance on BBC Midlands Today meant that the crew had more than their fair share of problems with gatecrashers.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

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.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Short-listed as the venue for 1999, Barton Hall in Torquay was the location for the Cult TV millennium extravaganza.


The guest list was as large as ever and served up another UK convention first in the shape of Xenia Seeberg from Lexx.

Joining her were Gareth Thomas, Stephen Greif and Jacqueline Pearce from Blake's 7, Sarah Douglas, Alexandra Bastedo, Alexis Kanner from The Prisoner, Peter Purves, Bill Oddie, Hattie Hayridge, Caroline John, Graydon Gould - the voice of Mike Mercury in Supercar, Ralph Brown, Chris Adamson, Mark Eden, Sir David Croft, writer Paul Cornell and make-up designer Simon Tytherleigh.

The Cult TV Awards ceremony included a special appearance by Sooty, and more Sooty secrets were revealed by puppeteer and 3D animator Jeff Smart. Jaz Wiseman, at the time ITC Product Manager at Carlton Video, was also on hand to introduce fascinating finds from the ITC vaults that had never been screened to the public.

As the Weekender drew to a close one of the worst storms in a decade lashed the South coast of England. Soggy, sodden or downright sozzled, neither the crew nor attendees were going to let the rain dampen an otherwise successful event.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Presented with a terrific value for money offer, the decision was taken to try a hotel-based event again, and Cult TV headed to The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool...

Days prior to the event, a dreadful miscommunication between their staff meant that the hotel started allocating a considerable number of rooms to non-Cult TV Weekender attendees, despite it being contracted that the Weekender would have exclusive occupancy of the hotel.

With no time to make alternative venue arrangements, Cult TV wanted to ensure that everyone who had registered for the Weekender could be accommodated by the hotel, so Alex J Geairns and Cindy McBain (who had assisted in obtaining Michael Hurst as a guest that year) spent the days before the event ringing around everyone who had booked a single room. Enough of these attendees were prepared to double up and share a room that everyone booked was fitted in, and to them we will always be extremely grateful.

The guest list, aside from Michael Hurst who provided a thoroughly entertaining cabaret, included actresses Sally Knyvette and Jan Chappell from Blake's 7, Dark Angel's Jennifer Blanc, Sarah Sutton and Mark Strickson from Doctor Who, director Alan Perry, Play School presenter and The Avengers companion Julie Stevens, Nickolas Grace, Nicholas Smith, Tom Owen, Shaw Taylor, production manager Chris D’Oyly John, and the comedy writing team of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Martin Hancock, aka Spider Nugent in Coronation Street, also made a surprise appearance at the Cult TV Awards.


Also on hand to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award was a very surprised and extremely delighted Sylvia Anderson, once again a last minute surprise addition to our guest list.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

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.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

For the 10th Anniversary, the Cult TV Weekender returned to the Sand Bay Holiday Village, just north of Weston Super Mare.


The location for 1999's "Telly Breakaway" event, in the intervening years the site had come under new management and had been the subject of a huge investment programme that had upgraded facilities.

On-hand to help celebrate the tenth year were returning guests Gareth Thomas and Paul Darrow from Blake's 7, the multi-talented Michael Hurst who got a chance to screen his hilarious mockumentary "Love Mussel" (starring the late Kevin Smith), the always entertaining Julie Stephens, Nicholas Courtney, writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and Michael Sheard. New guests included actors Richard Hatch, Bernard Horsfall, Shane Rimmer, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson from The League of Gentlemen,, writer Keith Lindsay, and comedians Jack Douglas and Don Maclean.

Surprise guests Maurice Gran and Nicholas Parsons, who had planned to join the Weekender in 2002 but had been forced back by the weather, finally got to take to the stage. In the workshops, Mark Spencer from Dysfunction Group gave a demonstration on DVD authoring and gave the audience an insight into how he designed the Blake's 7 DVDs. This second talk was complemented by director Kevin Davies discussing the extras he had produced specially for the box sets. Tony Currie demonstrated the art of radio and television continuity announcing. Keith R Lindsay from the British Society of Comedy Writers gave a workshop on comedy writing, while Alan Gilbey and Dave Freedman from Peafur Productions provided a screenwriting workout before demonstrating how an animated series goes from the first drawings to final product.

The Sunday night cabaret was provided by Michael Hurst who began his act with a ‘haka’, stripped to the waist, and the equally welcome return of Mitch Benn. With glorious sunny weather throughout, the weekend proved to be such a success that a record number of people signed up for the following year before heading home.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Back to Sand Bay for a third year, meaning it now tied as being one of the venues most used by Cult TV ...


The guest list was as diverse as ever, including Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford, John Levene, Roy Skelton and Jennie Linden from Doctor Who, Vaughn Armstrong from Star Trek: Enterprise, Danny John-Jules from Red Dwarf, Nicholas Young from The Tomorrow People, Jenny Hanley from Magpie, Sally Geeson from Bless This House, Peter Tuddenham from Blake's 7, producer and director Joe McGrath, stuntman Frank Maher, costume designer June Hudson, and P J Hammond and Shaun O'Riordan - the creative forces behind Sapphire and Steel.

Mark Spencer provided some excellent visuals in terms of making the Cult TV magazine and schedules booklet really fizz, as well as graphics and specially produced video material for the Opening Ceremony and the Awards night. Tony Currie, Robert Ross, Dick Fiddy and Thomasina Gibson, amongst others, ensured that the celebrity guest talks were conducted in an upbeat and informative manner.

This was very much the end of an era. Regrettably, in the run up to the Weekender, Sand Bay had works carried out on many of its smaller venues, meaning that it was not as suitable as in previous years for the requirements of Cult TV. In fact, it was now the case that there had to be less screening rooms, as well as no-one being able to get to the Workshop area without passing through and interrupting what was happening in the Fanstrand location.

Added to this, a move to gain sponsorship of the order of £150,000 from a partnership deal (with a major UK holiday organisation) was frowned upon by several of the Production Crew of the time. Needless to say, as an entirely voluntary activity, these people exercised their right to not return for future Cult TV Weekenders. It is a shame that they did not recognise the considerable opportunity this would have offered the Weekender if the deal had gone through, but the show must go on, and the following year things were not only "business as usual", but to most observers better organised than they had ever been before.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Cult TV heads inland and to a hotel once more, the Renaissance Solihull Hotel, right in the heart of the country ...


With two successive downturns in attendee numbers, it was obvious that something had to be done in terms of choice of venue, just to see if this would have any effect on increasing support for the Weekender. Whilst the experience of using hotels over the years had been variable, it was decided that Cult TV should take another swing at exploding the myth that most potential attendees prefer hotels and also prefer central locations. You could not get more central in the UK that Renaissance Solihull Hotel, near Birmingham, West Midlands, and the guest list was one of the hottest that has ever been put together for a Cult TV Weekender.

John Saxon, Peter Tork, George Sewell, Kim Darby, David Graham, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Prentis Hancock, Phlip Madoc, Michael Keating, Sammie Winmill, Peter Vaughan Clarke, Ronald Wolfe, Johnny Crawford, Jean-Pierre Dorleac, Philip Brodie, Annette Badland, Brian Grant, Sheenagh Pugh and Mitch Benn were just some of the stars who were lined up to entice along attendees. However, two major autograph shows thought it would be a jolly wheeze to move their dates to those already long-announced for the Cult TV Weekender, and this meant another huge hit on attendance numbers - not just for Cult TV, but for them as well - after all, people can't be in two places at once!

However, Cult TV attendees in 2005 agreed that this was one of the most smoothly-run Weekenders that there had ever been, and the Production Team played their part in making it one of our most friendly, organised and efficient events to date.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Over the weekend of 20-23 October 2006, we returned to where it all began - the Seacroft Holiday Village in Hemsby, on the east coast of England...


Seacroft had certainly improved in the 12 years since Cult TV last came visiting, and there was a degree of optimism that the right choice had been made.

The whole production team were impressed with Seacroft, following a familiarisation visit in the May of 2006. However, the clues that the background administration for the venue was not all it could be came very early on – with Seacroft’s inability to confirm accommodation bookings to attendees until more than six months after the first wave of bookings were presented to them. The installation of a new computerised booking system was to blame, but this was a warning sign of things to come.

Celebrity guests at the weekend included Elisabeth Sladen, Terry Carter, Herb Jefferson Jr, Norman Lovett, Terry Molloy, Francis Matthews, Dave Prowse MBE, Jeremy Bulloch and the team from Starhyke, Richard Gibson, Kim Hartman, David Barry, Stewart Bevan, Ruth Boswell, Richard Bonehill, Ian Fairbairn, Ron B Moore, Jim Mortimore, Mike Trim, Ken Rock, Ken Basford, John Ainsworth, and a surprise appearance by Stephen Greif.

Behind the scenes, all was not good. Heating was turned off in screening rooms meaning they were far too cold to occupy, lunchtime meals weren’t available where people expected them to be (as agreed in advance and noted in our schedules booklet), and bar opening times were not as had been agreed. Attendees, following the event, made their views on these and other issues well-known to the Production Team when feedback was requested, which left Cult TV with a dilemma – the venue had already been provisionally booked for the following year, and there were many people unhappy with this prospect.

That said, a considerable number of late guest cancellations did not dent the enthusiasm of those who had attended, and even with another reduction in our anticipated attendance, we still managed to raise £3,000 for our chosen charity, MSF.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

The final year of the Cult TV Festival Weekender, and we took over a stately home and conference centre in Oxfordshire...


Back at the familiarisation weekend in May 2006, the Cult TV Production Team had immediately booked the dates of 31 August to 3 September for 2007 with Seacroft - such was the confidence in the venue. After receiving an overwhelming amount of negative feedback towards the venue (rather than the event itself), action had to be taken to satisfy the majority of our regular audience.

The first change may have seemed a little cosmetic, but as marketers will tell you, words are everything. Having been called a "Festival" for the last few years, the Production Team made the decision to revert back to the name that had been used right back in the early years of the event - "An Appreciation Weekend", also adopting the moniker "Weekender" as a short-hand for this (the term is very popular for music events around the world, who follow a similar all-inclusive format as to that which Cult TV has always offered). It seemed to be the case that the word "Festival" was simply not describing what it was our attendees were part of.

The second change was a little more major – as a majority of attendees were not happy with Seacroft as a venue, to go back there would be counter-productive to our aim of growing Cult TV back to the size of event it was in its heyday. Many of our attendees had been with us for years, and times move on for all of us. As we get older, ‘home comforts’ become more and more important, so it becoming necessary to have a room to sleep in at night that was as comfortable as possible.

We also appreciated that whilst we ask people to treat Cult TV as a holiday break, none of us seem to want to be too far away from home, so journeys have to be made as short as possible for as many potential attendees as possible. We needed a location in the centre of the country, well served by the road and rail networks.

Finally, it was clear that the proposed new date at the end of August was proving to be problematic for more of our regular supporters than those who liked it. People wanted us back to an October date, so we had to factor this in to our choice of venue.

After a nationwide search, inspecting over half a dozen prospective venues and approaching over a dozen others, Cult TV made plans to move to the Dunchurch Park Hotel, Warwickshire, over the weekend of 19-22 October 2007.

All went well until early February 2007, when bad news came from Dunchurch. They had never previously been considered to host a Cult TV Festival Weekender before, as they had a shortage of bedrooms compared to what was needed as a minimum – this was going to be solved with them bringing builders in to increase their bedroom capacity by over 50%. Unfortunately, the builders went bankcrupt, and this meant there was no way that the expansion would be ready in time.

So, calling upon our friends at Hotelsmart, and also thanks to a recommendation by Dunchurch themselves, Cult TV ‘upgraded’ even further than before, but at what has turned out to be more competitive bedroom rates overall. The Festival Weekender was scheduled for the same dates in October as those secured at Dunchurch, but now we would be at the Heythrop Park Hotel, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK.

The decision was also made to make this the final live Cult TV Weekender - our audience demographic has shifted over the years, and we were no longer appealing to the essential 18-25 year old market that we had done in our early years. Our audience has basically shifted to 30-somethings, Baby Boomers and older. Whilst it would be terrific to see there being a continuing enthusiasm amongst those under 30 for the TV fiction of years gone by, the throwaway disposable culture means that if it's not new and shiny, it's consigned to history.

Unfortunately, the 30-somethings and older are now not in a position, in the main, to spare us a whole weekend away from home. Family and work commitments mean that days off are precious, so Cult TV has to find a way to come to them, rather than them come to us. This will be the way we will be moving things in the months to come!

However, with the 2007 Weekender, we definitely left people wanting more. Our guest list included Philip Glenister, Antonio Fargas, Ron Harper, Jared Martin, Ike Eisenmann, Ben Miller, Kent McCord, Heather Menzies, Allan Hunt, Matthew Graham, Georgina Hale, Liz Morgan, Deborah Watling, Nigel Rhodes, John Hasler, Alistair Lock, Ben Aaronovitch, James Swallow, Alan Shubrook, Kevin Davies, Grant Cathro, Lee Pressman, Marc Blake, and Andrew Mark Sewell. Suffice to say that the Cult TV Weekender concluded as it had begun - bringing stars and production staff never before seen on the convention circuit to the UK. In 2007, four of our guests had never attended a convention anywhere in the world before, whilst for another six this was their first ever UK convention (or signing event, for those who like to distinguish one from another!).

Cult TV has existed because of the support of not only our celebrity guests but also our attendees. We hope that you will join us for the debut of the Cult TV Weekender in the vitual world. As Bachman Turner Overdrive once said: "You ain't seen nothing yet!" ...

Saturday, 23 February 2008

From the very beginning the charity fund-raisng taken on by the annual Cult TV Weekenders were a prime reason for running our events. That spirit continues with the new Cineology TV Weekenders...


During its 14 years, the Cult TV Festival Weekenders raised over £51,000 for various charities. We would like to thank all the attendees who have supported us throughout the years as well as the many guests and celebrities who have provided numerous items for the charity auctions.  And now, we continue those fund raising efforts with the Cineology TV Weekenders.




£1,000 in total, divided equally between Amnesty International and The Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund.

£3,300 in total, divided equally between Shelter and The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

£3,000 donated to The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

£2,450 donated to Shelter.

£2,175 in total, divided equally between The Born Free Foundation, The Royal Theatrical Fund Retirement Home, and The Parkinson’s Disease Society.

£4,302 in total of which £3,700 was donated to UNICEF, £500 to Stars for Scope and £102 for Comic Relief.

£4,700 in total, divided equally between UNICEF and The Variety Club of Great Britain.

£7,715 in total of which £5,900 was donated to UNICEF, £700 to The Western Springs NZ Performing Arts Centre Construction Fund, £500 to The American Red Cross Disaster Fund, £515 to Clatterbridge Cancer Research, and £100 to Wath Animal Rescue.

£5,620 in total of which £3,450 donated to UNICEF, £1,750 to Southport Community Christmas Lights Appeal, £100 to St John Ambulance, and £320, via Claudia Christian, to the Make A Wish Foundation.

£3,000 in total of which £2,800 was donated to UNICEF and £200 to St John Ambulance.

£3,500 donated to UNICEF.

£3,600 donated to UNICEF.

£3,000 donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

£3,500 donated to the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF).



NOTE: £2,000 of 2001’s UNICEF donation and £1,700 of 2002’s UNICEF donation was through a Matched Giving scheme.

To find out more about such schemes, either speak to your Employer about providing a "Matched Donation", or if they do not have a "Give As You Earn" Scheme in place, a list of suppliers of employer services in this regard can be found by visiting the INLAND REVENUE WEBSITE.

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