Better Than Chocolate

‘Hello, Ms Rayner? Mr Cadbury here. We were wondering if you’d be interested in a job as chief chocolate taster…’oates-shelf

That is at least what it felt like when the frankly gorgeous people at Network asked if I’d like to scribble a few words about the film The Terrornauts, and then added that if I wanted to add a bit about the career of Simon Oates as well (if you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that I recently became utterly obsessed with seminal Seventies eco-terror drama Doomwatch), that’d be OK. So I bit their hand off and the first half (the bit on The Terrornauts) has just gone live here:, with the rest to come next week. Pictured here is my research material – goodness, what a terrible slog it was to have to watch through so much archive telly 🙂 Oh, and yes, I do have both a main Doomwatch box set and a backup Doomwatch box set. Your point is…?