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"Look-in": The Best of the Seventies [Hardcover]

Graham Kibble-White
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3 Sep 2007
"Look-in", aka "Junior TVTimes", was the essential subscription for children growing up in Britain in the 1970s. It offered behind-the-scenes glimpses of their favourite TV shows, interviews with stars, pin-ups and TV spin-off picture-strip adventures. With exciting installments of "Black Beauty", "The Six Million Dollar Man", and "Sapphire and Steele", hilarious "Robin's Nest", "On The Buses" and "Please Sir!" picture strips, features on "TisWas," "Junior Show Time" and "How", an exclusive Roger Moore interview and pin-up and much, much more, this compulsive book takes you back to a time when we had three TV channels, we listened to LPs and singles on our record players, our crackly transistors were tuned to 275/285m Medium Wave for Radio 1, and the Bionic Man could have all that work done for a mere $6m.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756221
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Graham Kibble-White is a journalist and one of the creators of popular nostalgia website He's just become TV Editor at Inside Soap magazine, after spending a year as the Press Association's TV Writer in London. By night, he's also the creator and editor of the "admirably joined-up TV-absorption site" (says the Observer) He has written freelance for various TV-related magazines, including Radio Times, TV Times, SFX, ScriptWriter, TV Quick, TV Choice, Total TV Guide and TV & Satellite Week.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look-in(g) good! 28 Nov 2007
The classic weekly read compressed into hardback form for a new generation; where else would you find those ITV region logos? A cracking stocking filler with a Proustian rush on every page.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
There is a character in The League of Gentlemen called Les McQueen, a clapped-out glam rocker forever trapped in the seventies like an insect in amber. Well, why not? To those of us of a (cough!) certain age, the seventies were a magical decade - just look at how everyone lapped up Life on Mars!

And few things bring back the seventies more vividly than this wonderful collection from Look-In magazine. Yes, it was 'the junior TV Times', but that doesn't really do it justice: it was quite simply the decade in magazine form. The editors have been deliberately playful with their choices of material, picking things that have endured and things that obviously haven't (Our Kid, Flintlock). But it's all there: the music; the fashions; the telly. The comic strips are actually pretty compelling, too: I particularly liked The Bionic Woman and The Adventures of Black Beauty.

Cracking stuff!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 11 Sep 2007
A fantastic compilation, brilliantly edited. A must for any 30 and 40 something wanting to take a trip down memory lane.
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4.0 out of 5 stars La la la la la Look-innnnnnn 16 Dec 2009
Look-In, or the 'Junior TV Times' as it was dubbed when it first began it's career was a wonderful children's magazine, looking at the televisual output of ITV in (mainly) the 70s. It limped on through the 80s, and even into the 90s, but it is best remembered for riding the zeitgeist of the 70s, with iconic painted covers of the hip and fashionable of the time - TV programmes and pop culture of the day.

This tome includes articles and strips from 1971 to 1979, thus covering such luminaries as Catweazle, Timeslip, Ace of Wands, Magpie, The Bionic Man, Man about the House, The Bay City Rollers, ABBA, Dick Turpin, Worzel Gummidge, Sapphire and Steel etc. I remember some of the covers so very clearly, which is odd, as I haven't seen them in decades! As other reviewers have suggested, if a nice slice of deep fried nostalgia is your thing, and you grew up in flares on a chopper bike with a sherbert dip in your hand, then this book is for you; you'll love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TAKE A GOOD LOOK BACK 26 Aug 2008
By Kelvin J. Dickinson VINE VOICE
I'm quite heavily into nostalgia at the moment.

LOOK-IN: THE BEST OF THE SEVENTIES is a lovely reminder of a time when children's tv (and children's culture in general) wasn't obsessed with or dicated by the phenomenon of the Short Attention Span. The programmes were just there and were all the more special because you only got to see them once - or maybe twice, if they were repeated. THE TOMORROW PEOPLE and SPACE 1999, in particular, were personal highlights but there were many others as you'll discover all over again.

A mirror to its elder sibling (peak-time ITV), some really quite awful stuff was commissioned in the name of the young throughout the decade that taste forgot (see final paragraph) but, for all that, much of it remains memorable. Why? Well, it may not have seemed like it at the time, but there was a reassuring discipline to children's viewing habits then which doesn't exist now. And I, for one, am glad there was.

In complete contrast to virtually the entire spectrum of its dismal output today, ITV in the early to mid-70's really had the upper hand over the BBC when it came to classic family-oriented television - the good stuff was good indeed. ACE OF WANDS, FOLLYFOOT, MAGPIE, HOW, TIMESLIP, MARC, ROBERT'S ROBOTS, ARTHUR OF THE BRITONS, CATWEAZLE, UFO...without realising it, we were very lucky. And so to this book...

Articles, interviews and comic strips are all perfectly reproduced, as are many of the classic covers - bright, cheerful and exciting and responsible for attracting me and thousands of other children to regularly part with our limited funds. Maybe at the expense of a pack of Spangles or Treats (Minstrels), or a couple of Totem Poles or a Zoom, it was always worth it though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for more music pics and stories 20 Sep 2013
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Whilst I enjoyed this, it wasn't quite the trip down memory lane I was hoping for. Not enough music features and "Oh I remember this" moments, just alot of comic strips
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