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Saturday, 23 February 2008 08:42


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.

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