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Jaunt: An Unofficial Guide to The Tomorrow People

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An unofficial guide to The Tomorrow People

 

JAUNT! - by Andy Davidson

Shape-changing robots, military masterminds, ITV technicians.  It's a deadly universe out there, but the Tomorrow People are here to help.

The Tomorrow People are man’s next step up the evolutionary ladder…Homo Superior.  From their secret base deep below the streets of London, they offer hope for a better future for the human race as members of the all-powerful Galactic Federation.

The Tomorrow People is the bête noire of cult television.  Regarded unfairly by many as a rival to the BBC’s Doctor Who, it inevitably comes off worse in comparison to its bigger budget, mainstream opponent.  The Tomorrow People was made by the children’s department of Thames Television, a company which really didn’t have all that much experience of making sci fi drama.  

The Tomorrow People is a staggeringly ambitious children’s adventure with a deeply philosophical foundation.  But it was produced by a team beset by inexperience, roller-coaster budgets and a decade of industrial tension which culminated in the total shut-down of ITV.   The result was a programme that was as good as it was almost in spite of itself.

For every bold political statement, there’s an alien commander who looks like a Tiki glass.  For every beautifully realised space battle there’s a plastic cup sprayed silver and glued onto a mop handle.  The Tomorrow People giveth with Geoffrey Bayldon, Michael Sheard, Trevor Bannister and it taketh away with Ali Bongo, an alien boy channelling Douglas Bader and Ray Burdis, twice.  

Jaunt follows the adventures of the Tomorrow People from their origins in a forgotten era of children’s programming to a publishing phenomenon, where the show and its stars were front page news.  It rejoins the Tomorrow People in the 1990s for some light-hearted Avengers action and returns once more a decade later as a series of bold, challenging audio plays.  Homo Superior has been with us for forty years and Jaunt chronicles the phenomenon that is again preparing to return to our screens in a big-budget US adaptation.

Jaunt features exclusive interviews with series creator Roger Price, producer Ruth Boswell and the Tomorrow People themselves; Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan Clarke, Elizabeth Adare, Mike Holoway and Misako Koba.  

With an introduction from Roger Price Jaunt also features the complete script of the lost series nine adventures Mystery Moon and tells the previously untold story of the plans to continue the Big Finish Tomorrow People audio adventures.

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Journey Into Space: The Red Planet

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Blast Off! to new heights of adventure and excitement with Jet Morgan and the crewmen of the spaceship Discovery, made famous in Charles Chilton's thrill-packed BBC radio series.

 

In this book, Jet leads the first fleet of rocketships to reach across space from the Moon to the 'Red Planet'. Mars, But right from the beginning the expedition was ill-omened. Uncanny happenings were to test their courage to breaking point, both on the long space flight and on the hostile planet itself.

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Liberation

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Including details and analysis of every episode, examination of key episodes from their genesis to the final version, featuring excerpts from the original drafts of scripts and interviews with people involved in the production, this book is the ideal companion for anyone interested in the show, or in the development of television science fiction during the late seventies.

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Mervyn Stone Mysteries 1: Geek Tragedy (Hardback)

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Mervyn Stone does not look like a special man. His nose is too big, his hair is always on the point of open rebellion, and he appears to have put his clothes on in the dark. He looks like a hedge which has been dragged through a man backwards.

 

Mervyn was script editor of the BBC television series Vixens from the Void, a ‘Dynasty in Space’ soap opera which gripped the nation in the 1980s; an intergalactic, glitter-themed, shoulder-padded bitchfest featuring wobbly spaceships, wobblier women and the wobbliest performances ever.

 

Mervyn is never allowed to forget his guilty past. The fans won’t let him. This is why, twenty years later, Mervyn reluctantly finds himself at ‘ConVix 15’, a Science Fiction convention.

 

It’s a funny thing; it seems everywhere Mervyn’s dormant career takes him, there are murders.

 

Here’s another funny thing. Mervyn, with his script editor’s eye for sorting out plot-holes in stories, seems to be the only one able to solve them. If only he’d taken that job on Bergerac...

 

CONTAINS ADULT MATERIAL.

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Mervyn Stone Mysteries 2: DVD Extras Include: Murder (Hardback)

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Mervyn Stone was once the script-editor of an old BBC television series which gripped the nation in the 1980s; a sexy space saga featuring large-breasted women and even larger-breasted men.

Vixens from the Void is the reason why Mervyn’s career, though dead, still has spasms of life, like the odd twitch on a cooling corpse.

It’s the reason why Mervyn is invited to take part in a DVD commentary discussing one of the more controversial (and, let’s face it, blasphemous) episodes of Vixens from the Void.

And it’s the reason why Mervyn has to become an amateur detective. Again.

During the commentary, one of the participants is poisoned by a bottle of water randomly taken from a table. No one knows how the poison got into the bottle. The bottles were sealed. No other bottles contained poison. An impossible crime. The victim was a high profile atheist, who made a career out of enraging Christian groups with his provocative books and interviews. The whispers begin: ‘Act of God’?

As the bodies pile up and he’s pursued by crazed fans, mad actresses, suspicious policemen and mental fundamentalists, Mervyn is starting to feel like God’s got it in for him too…

CONTAINS ADULT MATERIAL
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Mervyn Stone Mysteries 3: Cursed Among Sequels (Hardback)

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It’s the announcement all its fans have been waiting for!

After seventeen long years, they’re bringing back the science-fiction TV series Vixens from the Void; an intergalactic story of Space Bitches which was as 80s as Hair Gel, Live Aid and the Brixton Riots.

So it’s bright lights, good times and the high life for ex-script editor Mervyn Stone again!

Or so he thought…

The reason why he is stuck in a pub in the arse-end of the backside of Cornwall, with no decent television channels, no central heating and a badger in his bed eludes him at the moment. His breakfasts smell of burning flesh, and his underpants are starting to coagulate.

And to make matters worse, someone is trying to kill him.

Is it the incompetent director who hates Mervyn from way back? The mad fan who wants the relaunch stopped at all costs? The flaky ambitious star? The executive producer with ‘issues’? The arrogant womanising actor? The writer pretending to be something he’s not? The producer with a guilty secret?

Mervyn is learning something very important. Perhaps the past should stay in the past…

CONTAINS ADULT MATERIAL.

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Raven

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The ancient underground caves were in danger — they were going to be filled with atomic waste. But forces were at work to save the sacred ground — forces from another time.

 

Why did the caves contain mysterious symbols and how did the legend of King Arthur connect with them? What power did Professor Young, the archaeologist have to save the cave complex? And why did the Merlin suddenly appear?

 

Raven, on probation from Borstal, found himself caught up with these strange powers, and began to realise that the future of the caves depended on him...

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 

Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray are both actor-writers. ‘Children of the Stones’ for HTV was their first collaboration, closely followed by ‘Raven’ and the children’s novel ‘Mystery of the Tower’.

 

Jeremy’s writing credits include ‘The Avengers’, ‘Paul Temple’, ‘When the Boat Comes In’, ‘Minder’, ‘C.A.T.S. Eyes’ and ‘Inspector Morse’ to name but a few.

 

A stalwart of the National Theatre and the BBC Radio Drama department in both capacities as Actor and Writer, Trevor is best known to fans of Cult Television for his work on Doctor Who in 1969/70.

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Richard Franklin: Operation H.A.T.E - The Truth Behind The Killing Stone (SIGNED)

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A fantasy adventure novella from the pen of Richard Franklin, better known as Captain Yates from BBC’s Doctor Who.

 

The reader is whisked from the thundering hooves of horses riding-out over the North Yorkshire moors at Middleham, to the beating of the drums of death in the dark recesses of a cellar in Marrakech on the edge of the Sahara Desert. In spite of his courage and resourcefulness is this the very last appearance of Captain M or is his life in action about to restart - with a vengeance?

 

“What a thrill to be given the chance to write myself back into the 21st Century!” says author Richard Franklin, “I’ve woven genuine autobiographical detail into Captain M’s latest adventure – but it’s up to you to guess what’s Captain M and what’s me!.......or are they one and the same? Did these extraordinary and life-threatening events really happen?”

 

The Hardback Edition, is limited to only 200 copies - individually numbered and signed by Richard Franklin himself.

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Sky

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“The Juganet is a circle. The circle is a machine. The machine is a cross-over point. The point is a paramagnetic intersection. That is where I must be. Not here...”

 

Eerie, unsettling and a benchmark production for children’s television in the 1970s, Sky was created by Doctor Who stalwarts Bob Baker and Dave Martin as one of the run of outstanding children’s dramas HTV produced in that decade.

 

Sky is a mixture of ecological fable, science fantasy and good, old-fashioned peril. An ethereal boy called Sky materialises on an Earth that is as unprepared for him as he is for it. He soon realises that he’s been brought to the wrong time and must seek out the Juganet to return to his correct place in reality. With the help of tearaway Arby Venner, his sister June and friend Roy he must race against time as Nature rejects Sky and the Earth’s immune system creates the evil Goodchild, who is out to stop him at all costs...

 

Based on one of the most memorable television series of the 1970s starring Marc Harrison, Stuart Lock & Cherrald Butterfield.

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Supergods by Grant Morrison

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SIGNED COPY

The mind-bending history of superheroes by comics legend Grant Morrison.

1st Edition Hardcover

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The Avengers A Celebration 50 Years of a Television Classic

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Fifty years ago, production began on "The Avengers", a TV series that has yet to be rivalled for its wit, adventure and sheer style. Here, thanks to unprecedented access to the show's archive, is a glorious visual celebration of the show that defined 60s television, packed with rare and previously unpublished photographs, and memories from the cast and crew.

Hardcover 160pp

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The Forgotten Fields by Geoffrey Beevers (Signed Hardcover)

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A young monk discovers a secret doorway buried deep beneath the monastery fields.

 

Forbidden to explore further, Brother Magnus’ curiosity drives him on, and with help from a local girl, uncover secrets and surprises from a different time and civilisation.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After studying Modern History at Oxford University, Geoffrey trained as an actor at LAMDA, and has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, in the West End, and has made countless radio, film and TV appearances including The Jewel in the Crown, Victor/Victoria, Miss Potter and A Very British Coup. His appearance in Doctor Who led to many spin-offs as the Master.

 

He also writes and directs. His writing work includes over a dozen plays produced in the theatre and on radio. His stage adaptation of "Adam Bede" won a Time Out Award. His most recent work was "Unintelligent Design", an original play on audio CD for Big Finish (2011), and also an adaptation- "The Middlemarch Trilogy"(2013) for the Orange Tree theatre, Richmond.

 

This is his first novel.

 

He was married to actor Caroline John

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