( 52 pages printed in b&w with full colour front card jacket )
Issue 14 of Radio TellyScope was published in early January 2002

The issue featured the following items - click on the link to read the feature article in full:

  • Ben Casey - "Man, woman, birth, death, infinity" the emotive opening to a medical drama from forty years ago. John Hutchinson looks back at this medical drama which pre-dated Dr. Kildare, but nonetheless was powerful and popular at the same time.
  • Citizen James - which could also have been termed "Sidney's Half Hour" as it span Sid James off from Tony Hancock into a series of his own with situations not a million miles away from the comedy of East Cheam.
  • Calendar in Review - some of the conventions and events attended by PPS committee members in 2001 are reviewed for members, including the NFT events, Cult TV 2001 and Memorabilia 2001.
  • Stranger On The Shore - yes, Acker Bilk is connected to this, having provided the title track to this serial. David May looks back at this slice of life depicting the experiences of a young French woman staying on the south coast of England and isolated in many ways from her homeland...
  • The Dustbinmen - Bob Furnell looks back at the misadventures of the crew of 'Thunderbird 3', a dustcart mob with an attitude problem and a boss nicknamed 'Bloody Deliah' in this early Seventies black comedy.
  • The Saga of Para Handy - the crew of the Scottish 'puffer' cargo boat, the Vital Spark, and their captain Peter McFarlane, known as Para Handy, had been told for many years in print, but it wasn't until the 1950's that they first appeared on screen. This article looks at the printed background to the characters as well as the attempts right up into the Nineties to bring them to the small screen.
  • DVD Reviews - More reviews of cartoons, mini-series and serials from the small screen

This issue's featured article available on-line is:

  • Cadfael - This medieval sleuth appeared in many books written by author Ellis Peters, and sold millions of copies around the world. The series based upon it was an adaptation of the character and situations - which as per usual was ruined by poor network scheduling. Was it a good series and a missed opportunity, or was it not worth bothering with? What was this series really like?

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