TV Cream is a British television nostalgia website, which has expanded to cover not only television, but film, toys, books, and other objects. The Daily Telegraph called it "a labour of love" and praised "the standard of the writing". in 2005, The Sun's TV critic Ally Ross said "everyone who loves TV should worship at the altar" of this "genius, nostalgia site". In 2003, it was amongst the nominees for Yahoo! UK & Ireland as best comedy website. Its sister website Off The Telly offered more serious insight into television.
The site originally appeared as The Arkhive in 1997, before adopting its current name the following year. Founded by Phil Norman, the site mainly reviews hundreds of programmes shown on British television (but not necessarily made in the UK), during the 1970s and 1980s, though some earlier and later shows are also featured. The site also features a selection of nostalgia-based articles relating to areas of popular culture such as pop music, film, comics, and so on.
Site writers include Steve Berry, Chris Diamond, Chris Hughes, Ian Jones, Graham and Jack Kibble-White, Suzy Norman, Jill Phythian, Matthew Rudd, Ian Tomkinson, Simon Tyers, Steve Williams and TJ (Tim) Worthington. Some contributors were also involved with "Off the Telly" , worked in journalism and/or wrote books. Graham Kibble-White wrote for the Daily Mirrorand Jill Phythian appeared as a talking-head on TV list shows.
TV Cream also operates email lists; "Creamguide" currently the only regular email provides subscribers with a weekly mailout listing forthcoming TV programmes of interest.
The website and its contributors have produced a number of spin-off books, some marketed as TV Cream tie-ins, others individual projects by writers:
Official TV Cream books
TV Cream: The Ultimate Guide To 70's and 80's Pop Culture (aka TV Cream: Nostalgia Book of the 70's And 80's) (ISBN 0-7535-1080-4) was published by Virgin Books in June 2005.
TV Cream's Anatomy of Cinema (ISBN 190554846X) was published by The Friday Project Ltd. in April 2007. The Independent praised it for telling the truth about the often ropey quality of British cinema.
TV Cream Toys by Steve Berry (ISBN 1-905548-27-3) was published by The Friday Project Ltd. in November 2007. The book rates toys according to their "status, lifespan, usability, 'eBayability' and overall play satisfaction".
The Great British Tuck Shop (formerly The TV Cream Tuck Shop) by Steve Berry and Phil Norman (ISBN 1906321450) was published by The Friday Project in October 2012.
Related books by contributors
Closet Reading by Phil Norman (Gibson Square) was a history of the spin-off books produced to accompany British television comedy series, such as The Brand New Monty Python Bok and The Goodies File, volumes which were often used as toilet reading. The Guardian called it "a wittily written curio, and to hardcore comedy fans, it's a definitive reference work".
Morning Glory: A History of British Breakfast Television by Ian Jones and Graham Kibble-White. A serious history of breakfast television by 2 regular TV Cream contributors, based on material originally published on the Off The Telly website.
Fun At One! The Story of Comedy at Radio 1, a history of BBC Radio 1's comedy output, by contributor Tim "TJ" Worthington.
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- "Film books: the mad, the maverick and the macabre in the year's cinematic offerings". The Independent. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
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- "TV Cream Toys (Book)", Bookseller, 12/10/2007, Issue 5302, p11-11
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