New “TV Years” magazine celebrates the 1980s with look back at Doctor Who, Spitting Image and more

TV YEARS Issue One CoverTV YEARS, a brand-new magazine about old telly is on sale now in all good newsagents – and includes articles by a host of great writers, including Doctor Who Magazine contributors Graham Kibble-White and Andrew Pixley. Published by Bauer Media, the first issue is a fun read, all about the nostalgia decade du-jour, The Eighties.

Weighing in at 100 pages, but costing just £3.99, it comes from the makers of TV Choice magazine and features interviews with John Nettles on Bergerac (“One critic described me as ‘half-man, half-nutmeg, all sex god’”), Lee MacDonald on Grange Hill (“We used to bang on The Young Ones’ dressing room door – they’d chase us around Television Centre”), controversial head of BBC1 Michael Grade on running the channel (“I rewrote the BBC1 autumn schedule by my pool in LA, without having seen any of the shows”), Steve Nallon on Spitting Image (“In 1987, Labour asked me if I’d do a political broadcast for them”) and Sarah Greene on her time in children’s TV (“… At which point Chris Bellinger said into my earpiece, ‘That’s enough!’”).

There’s also articles from Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss on the controversial drama ThreadsRichard Osman schedules his perfect evening of Eighties TV, Samira Ahmed reflects on what she watched during the decade, and Paul Coia discusses the launch of Channel 4. We also get the “The Story of Only Fools and Horses“; “Glen A Larson; Year-By-Year Guide to the Decade”; “TV-am”; Howards’ Way; Edge of Darkness… and a look at the The Gold Blend couple!

And it’s all written by Richard Atkinson, Steve Berry, Ian Jones, Graham Kibble-White, Jack Kibble-White, Richard Marson, Alistair McGown, Phil Norman, Jon Peake, Jill Phythian, Andrew Pixley and Julia Raeside.

“With nostalgia for the Eighties lasting longer than the actual decade itself, we thought the time was right for a magazine to take a trip back to the time when telly ruled – despite only having four channels to choose from,’ says Editor-in-Chief Jon Peake. “We chart television’s journey throughout a decade that gave us classics we still remember fondly, the things we’d forgotten all about and even maybe things we never knew existed – even the ads.

“We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

TV Years: The Eighties marks the first of a series of specials from the TV Choice team, with the next planned for publication in November.

TV Years: The Eighties is on sale on now, priced at £3.99. It’s available through all major stores or online worldwide at

• You can find TV YEARS on Twitter @tvyears

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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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