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Television - it's the drug of the nation. Or so someone once said. But what drug? Well, what with all the sleep-inducing drivel they're currently showing (The new Doctor Who excepted - it is rather good, isn't it?) I'm plumping for Night Nurse.

Of course, it hasn't always been so. The 70s in particular proved to be a fertile breeding ground for some pretty good stuff. In fact, it's safe to say that if it hadn't been for the gogglebox, 90 per cent of British horror film fans would never cultivated their love of all things British and scary. And I'm not even talking about the Beeb's Saturday night horror double bills.

Yup, if you were a kid during that decade and you wanted to experience raw terror, pretty much all you had to do was turn on the telly (and wait for it to warm up, of course). There may only have been three channels which didn't even bother showing anything until lunchtime, but once they started, it was a never ending stream of horror. Children Of The Stones, Sapphire & Steel, The Tomorrow People (no? Just me, then), Thriller, The Nightmare Man, Hammer House Of Horror (don't begrudge me a year or two, I'm on a roll) and of course Pertwee / early Baker Who all had us cowering behind the furniture. Or in my case, peering through the gaps in the louvered doors between the lounge and the dining room.

But enough about me, because for once, that's not what this part of the site is about. Yes, in a precedent-busting move (and because I can't be arsed) I've thrown the doors of the BHF website open to all comers. What you'll find on these pages are reviews written by other genre fans about great British horror telly. Enjoy. But don't enjoy as much as you enjoy my reviews, okay?

Horror television reviews

Thriller - Possession
David Dent takes an in-depth look into one of the more scary episodes of Brian "fisherman's cap" Clemens' variable stab at kitchen sink horror, Thriller.

Sapphire & Steel
Sinister Ornament (no, I don't think that's his real name either) does a frankly impressive and astonishingly in-depth critique of one of the weirdest shows ever made, complete with sources and appendix. Blimey.

Schalcken The Painter
Derek Johnston gets all literary on us as he dissects this high-brow Omnibus treat from the 70s. The rest of us wonder what "Schalcken" is worth in Scrabble.

The Exorcism
David Dent peers through his fingers at what is generally regarded as the scariest TV programme ever made.

Obviously a man who doesn't know fear, David Dent ignores Craig Charles' hamster-cheeked annoyingness and gives us the low-down on what is actually the scariest TV programme ever made.

The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Derek Johnston takes a look at what happens when the Beeb mix up a high camp blend of horror, literature, and "unmarried" young men.

The Persuaders!
Harmless bit of Sunday afternoon misogyny? Well, yes - usually. But this one episode has a Brit horror director and its fair share of genre credentials. Darrell Buxton raises his wineglass to the bird in the orange bikini.

The Stone Tape
Sinister Ornament explains why wandering up a half finished staircase is never a good idea with his review of a possible contender for third scariest TV programme ever made.

By the way, a massive thanks to all the contributors for this section, who are regular users of the British horror films web forum. This section will be updated as and when new reviews find their way into my mailbox. Fancy yourself as a bit of a writer? Money not that important (eg. I can't actually pay you anything)? Why not drop me a line telling me what you'd like to review?

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