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Saturday, 23 February 2008 08:47

2000

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.

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Saturday, 23 February 2008 08:46

2001

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.

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Saturday, 23 February 2008 08:41

2005

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.

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