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Looking in a 1974 copy of TV Times, I was excited to discover this little paragraph -
There's another look inside television in the April edition of tvlife, the exciting new magazine from the publishers of TV Times. Adele Rose takes a personal view of television in Rose-Coloured View. On sale now, tvlife costs 20p.
I've never heard of that before! It can't have lasted very long. The internet doesn't reveal very much apart from a couple of Upstairs Downstairs clippings and the fact that one issue included an original Onedin Line story. Does anyone know more?

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From the British Library:

Title: TV Life.
Other Titles: Variant Title: Television life
Key Title: TV life
Subjects: Television programs -- Great Britain -- Periodicals; Great Britain Television programmes Serials;
Dewey: 791.45/0941
Publication Details: London 247 Tottenham Court Rd, W1P OAU : Independent Television Publications for Independent Television Books Ltd, 1974-
Language: English
Description: [No.1- ] ; Mar. 1974-
Identifier: ISSN 0306-7092; BNB GB7410403; System number 009935459
Notes: Monthly. - 88p. in 2nd issue.
Physical Description: ill(some col), ports.(some col) ; 30cm.
Holdings Notes: General Reference Collection P.903/214 [No.1- ] ; Mar. 1974-
Shelfmark(s): General Reference Collection P.903/214
UIN: BLL01009935459

I'm sure I've seen adverts in TVT fro more than one edition, but I may be confusing it with something else.

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The ATV Yearbook 1974-75 tells us a little more -
Independent Television Publications publish TVTimes, the Independent Television weekly programme journal, Look-in, a weekly junior magazine, and tvlife, a monthly magazine for women. [...]

tvlife, which celebrated its first birthday in March 1975, has a readership now estimated at three-quarters of a million, with more than 60 per cent of these in the important under-35 age group.
Looking through the TV Times archive, I see that tvlife managed 18 issues from February 1974 to July/ August 1975. A column in the TV Times for 30 August 1975 announces that -
AN UNFORTUNATE victim of the economic depression has been our sister magazine tvlife. Publication of this highly popular monthly has had to be suspended beacuse of ever-mounting costs of production combined with a shortfall of advertising.
The last ever TV Times mention of tvlife is in October 1975 when it is promised that the new 'Family Scene' section (illustrated by a picture of Nicholas and Denise Parsons out cycling with their two children) will include some of the most popular elements from tvlife.

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17 issues in reality, (the final one was a double issue for July and August 1975).

I've the lot within reach, and they are a fascinating read. Among the personality stuff there are some real gems, including the following...


short stories
1: Man At The Top + Upstairs Downstairs
2: Softly Softly Task Force + Zodiac
3: The Brothers + Emmerdale Farm
4: The Likely Lads + Sam
5: the Seven Faces Of Woman
6: Marked Personal, (and one about The Troubles)
7: Z Cars
8: Moody And Pegg
9: My Old Man
10: Haunted
11: Coronation Street
12: Public Eye
13: No, Honestly
14: The Onedin Line
15: Within These Walls
16:The Main Chance
17: -


8-page pullouts
6: Crossroads
7: The Brothers
8: Upstairs Downstairs
9: Coronation Street
11: Noele Gordon
12: Shirley Bassey


They aren't particularly plentiful on the second-hand market, and you can be expected to pay upwards of thirty-quid each for the more collectible editions. It finds it feet pretty quickly, and the middle of the run are really good reads though the later issues, probably trying to find it's audience, are rather more slanted to it's womens' mag brief.

Towards the end, Mary Whitehouse is TV Life's agony aunt. I should dig out her advice to a mother worried about her less than manly son sometime...

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Slightly tangentlially, the TV Times Christmas Extra (1957 to 1973 - though for 1969-72 it became CHRISTMAS WITH THE STARS and the final issue as ALL_STAR SPECTACULAR), also featured short fiction pieces - not all of these are tv-realted, but FYI...

1957
Whiskers Are Wonderful by Ursula Bloom


1958
Turkey For Ever by Wolf Mancowitz


1959
The Upper Birth by F. Marion Crawford


1960
Holly In Hospital by Tessa Diamond (EMERGENCY - WARD 10)
Daffy's Topsy Turvey Christmas by Roberta Leigh (TORCHY THE BATTERY BOY)


1961
Christmas Carol - '61 by Berkley Mather
News For Noddy And Big Ears by Enid Blyton


1962
Yogi's Time For Great Goodies


1963
Grab 33! by John Creasey (GIDEON'S WAY)
Torchy Has A Happy Christmas by Roberta Leigh (TORCHY)
The Jokers by Patrick Macnee
Yuletide In Bedrock (THE FLINTSTONES)


1964
Sgt Cork And The Hazeldine Ghost by Ted Willis (SERGEANT CORK)
Harry Secombe's Christmas Fairy Story
Old Jed Blows His Last Bucks by Tom Hickman (THE BEVERLEY HILLBILLIES)


1965
In Outer Space There Shone A Star... by John Wyndham
A Girl, A Wallet And A Problem by Geoffrey Morgan (NO HIDING PLACE)
Why Shouldn't Bears Eat Cucumber Sandwiches by Mike Sarne
Through The Looking Screen by Michael Barsley
Doddy In Diddyland by Ken Dodd


1966
Wilder On The Creta Run by Anthony Davis (THE POWER GAME)
A Rather Special Christmas by Ted Willis
Close Season For Spies! by Leslie Thomas


1967
A Present From The Section by James Mitchell (CALLAN)
Joe McKennie's Dream by Katharine Blake + Roger Woodis
So the Diddymen Detonated A Plumptious Pud by Ken Dodd
Steve Tanner’s First Marriage by James Bryant (CORONATION STREET)


1968
Hot Chestnuts For Gideon by John Creasey (GIDEON'S WAY)
A Christmas Holiday In Salzburg And Stanley Paid The Bill by John Kershaw (THE SEX GAME)
The Snake Within by Janes Gaskell


1969
Alice In Sugar Puff Land by Ronald Handysides
Mystery And Imagination: The Dispossessed by Vincent Tilsley


1970
Stranger In The Forest by Rosemary Nicols
Season Of Goodwill by James Mitchell


1971
Wedding Bells For Ena Sharples by Brian Finch (CORONATION STREET)
Jamie And The Unicorn by Denis Butler (JAMIE)


1972
Kate’s Christmas… by Evelyn Riley (KATE)


1973
Minnie Caldwell’s £5 Note (CORONATION STREET)
A Poser For Joe And Jack (EMMERDALE FARM)
Happy Birthday Miss Roberts (UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS)

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There was quite a fair few short stories done in TV Times over the years, ( some by TV Times competition winners), there was a "Doctor At Large" one with Upton, and also prequels for shows like "The Rag Trade", must be quite a list.
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In the late 70s TVT fiction tended to be prequels to new series under the title MINUS ONE.

There's an extraordinary amount of short, and in some cases longer, original fiction based on UK radio and tv shows scattered around a huge range of newspapers, magazines and periodicals.

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Billy Smart wrote:The ATV Yearbook 1974-75 tells us a little more -

AN UNFORTUNATE victim of the economic depression has been our sister magazine tvlife. Publication of this highly popular monthly has had to be suspended beacuse of ever-mounting costs of production combined with a shortfall of advertising.
"Highly popular" = died on its feet....

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There was also 'Radio Guide' in the early ILR years, which became the more generally music-based 'Tune In'. Sometimes these include listings you can't find anywhere online, although the British Newspaper Archive is getting better on this front (i.e. expanding more into contemporary history with selected regional titles).

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Noticed on a twitter feed, another rare 70's TV Magazine called TV Story, Issue 5 contains features on Wendy Craig, Ann George, Gerald Harper and Molly Weir.
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RobinCarmody wrote:There was also 'Radio Guide' in the early ILR years, which became the more generally music-based 'Tune In'. Sometimes these include listings you can't find anywhere online, although the British Newspaper Archive is getting better on this front (i.e. expanding more into contemporary history with selected regional titles).
I remember Radio Guide. Like TVTimes it was regional with national articles. The one we had from 1977 covered Radio Tees with a small section for Metro Radio, just as TVT did with adjacent regions.

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Tune-in recently covered in this excellent radio history blog - http://andywalmsley.blogspot.com/2018/1 ... -1978.html

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