BBC’s Comedy Map Of Britain – Newcastle
The BBC2 programme The Comedy Map of Britain turned its attention to the North East of England for the third programme of the second series.
Having previously been to the impressive century old headquarters of D C Thomson in Dundee to cover the Beano
, this time they went to a terraced house in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Jesmond district.
Not just any terraced house of course but the one owned by the parents of Simon and Chris Donald – parents who were blissfully unaware of their off-spring creating Viz
in their front bedroom. There, the brothers reveal that the way they avoided showing their parents a copy of the comic was to keep telling them that it had sold out.
Selected clips are available on the programme’s website
. To view the clip from Jesmond, select the Newcastle To Leeds
programme and The Viz Boys Return To Jesmond
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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