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ShukerNature: SMALL-SCREEN SHUKER SIGHTINGS – A CLICKABLE COLLECTION OF MY TV APPEARANCES


 

Screenshot
from one among my appearances on GMTV throughout the early Nineteen Nineties (© Dr Karl Shuker/GMTV – reproduced right here on a strictly
non-commercial Truthful Use foundation for academic/overview functions solely)

I are usually elusive, and reclusive, at one of the best of instances (nearly as a lot, in reality, because the cryptids that I examine!). So it ought to come as no shock to study that anybody who is aware of me effectively will inform you
that showing on tv is one thing that I detest doing – as in detest
with an absolute, abiding ardour. And here is why.

Firstly, as can be true with a
shocking variety of actors (shocking within the sense that as a result of they do it as
a occupation, one would possibly due to this fact count on them to be lengthy since accustomed to
this), I merely don’t love seeing, or listening to, myself on the small display screen –
by no means have achieved, by no means will.

Secondly, I abhor the devious, doubtful
practices that TV interviewees are typically subjected to – similar to (very)
selective enhancing of recorded interviews previous to their precise screening, together with
slyly presenting the interviewee’s phrases out of context; and unexpectedly assailing
the interviewee in reside programmes with intentionally provocative questions that
are unrelated to the topic formally beneath dialogue and are particularly
designed to confuse and/or ridicule the interviewee.

Thirdly, there may be the not insignificant
matter of some TV corporations doing their utmost to keep away from providing the interviewee a
charge for his or her look, for journey bills, or for his or her time spent
offering TV present researchers with plenty of free info – info,
furthermore, that’s then ceaselessly utilized in these TV exhibits however with out giving
their unpaid supply any onscreen credit score or recognition both. And so forth…

 

Screenshot
from one among my favorite TV appearances, being interviewed by Richard &
Judy on This Morning in 1995 (© Dr
Karl Shuker/This Morning – reproduced
right here on a strictly non-commercial Truthful Use foundation for academic/overview
functions solely)

Consequently, as soon as I had achieved a
measure of ongoing success with my writing profession, i.e. by the late Nineteen Nineties, I
made a aware choice to bow out of TV appearances at any time when doable and
enable my books and articles do my speaking for me as a substitute – a choice that I’ve
adhered to ever since (though I don’t completely rule out future TV appearances
if the topic to be mentioned is sufficiently attractive and the TV firm
concerned is one which I really feel completely satisfied to work with).

Previous to my retirement from the small-screen
showbiz world, nonetheless, I had taken half in fairly quite a lot of high-profile TV
exhibits, and had obtained recordings of a good few of them, particularly those who
I might really loved taking part in, and which had not subjected me to any of
the disagreeable practices outlined above. Furthermore, as a result of these latter interviews
additionally contained info that I thought-about could also be of curiosity to different
cryptozoological fans, throughout the previous few years I’ve uploaded them onto
YouTube so as to make them available to viewers, and in addition,
hopefully, to protect them lengthy after I am not right here to take action personally.

There could also be different such recordings
lurking in my archives that I’ve ignored (and there are additionally at the moment on YT
some TV programmes or movies uploaded by different YT customers that characteristic me). In
addition, I do know that I’ve a variety of my many radio interviews preserved on audio
cassette tapes that I’ve but to transform into MP3 information and add onto YT. In the meantime,
nonetheless, so as to allow easy accessibility to what’s already there, it has
occurred to me {that a} straight clickable record of these recordings can be
extremely helpful to potential viewers. And so, as they used to say within the traditional
UK kids’s TV present Blue Peter,
here is one I made earlier:

[NB – These interviews are not arranged
in strict chronological order because I don’t have precise recording dates for
some of them, so  I cannot be absolutely certain
30-odd years down the line which was produced first in certain cases, but they
were all recorded during the 1990s unless stated otherwise. One clue to their correct
chronological order, however, may be derived from taking note of how much, or
how little, hair I still possess in each of them!]

 

Being
interviewed by Anthea Turner on GMTV
throughout the early Nineteen Nineties (© Dr Karl Shuker/GMTV
– reproduced right here on a strictly non-commercial Truthful Use foundation for
academic/overview functions solely)

 

Interview
in early Nineteen Nineties with Anthea Turner on UK breakfast TV present GMTV re thriller cats.

Interview
in early Nineteen Nineties with Michael Wilson on UK breakfast TV present GMTV re thriller cats.

Interview
in early Nineteen Nineties with Lorraine Kelly on UK breakfast TV present GMTV re thriller cats.

Interview
in early Nineteen Nineties with Mike Morris on Stay
Wire
, screened by former UK Cable TV channel Wire TV, re thriller cats.

 

Screenshot
from my interview with Mike Morris on Stay
Wire
throughout the early Nineteen Nineties (© Dr Karl Shuker)

Interview
in 1993 with Andy Crane on former Saturday morning ITV present What’s Up Doc re new and rediscovered
animals as featured in my guide The Misplaced Ark (1993).

Half 1 of an intensive three-part interview in 1993 with John Hammond on former UK Cable TV channel Wire TV re new and rediscovered animals, plus cryptozoology typically.

Half 2 of an intensive three-part interview in 1993 with John Hammond on former UK Cable TV channel Wire TV re new and rediscovered animals, plus cryptozoology typically.

Half 3 of an intensive three-part interview in 1993 with John Hammond on former UK Cable TV channel Wire TV re new and rediscovered animals, plus cryptozoology typically.

 

Screenshot
of Richard Uridge carrying my self-customised biker’s jacket in a Midlands Immediately information report, autumn 1993
(© Dr Karl Shuker/Midlands Immediately
reproduced right here on a strictly non-commercial Truthful Use foundation for
academic/overview functions solely)

One thing
totally different: Two native TV information stories from autumn 1993 re a then-current Black
Leather-based Jacket museum exhibition that includes one among my very own self-customised biker
jackets (seen being worn by motorbike-riding Midlands Immediately presenter Richard Uridge within the second information report).

Interview
re British thriller cats in an episode of the 1994 TV documentary sequence Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Universe,
narrated by Carol Vorderman.

[and here,
uploaded by someone else, is the entire episode]

Half 1
of the three-part cryptozoology-themed mid-Nineteen Nineties interview with myself and
veteran Nessie seeker Steve Feltham by husband-and-wife TV presenters Richard
Madeley & Judy Finnegan on UK breakfast TV present This Morning.

Half 2
of the three-part cryptozoology-themed mid-Nineteen Nineties interview with myself and
veteran Nessie seeker Steve Feltham by husband-and-wife breakfast TV presenters
Richard Madeley & Judy Finnegan on UK breakfast TV present This Morning.

Half 3
of the three-part cryptozoology-themed mid-Nineteen Nineties interview with myself and
veteran Nessie seeker Steve Feltham by husband-and-wife breakfast TV presenters
Richard Madeley & Judy Finnegan on UK breakfast TV present This Morning.

 

Screenshot
of my reside look on Sky Information,
mid-Nineteen Nineties (© Dr Karl Shuker/Sky Information
reproduced right here on a strictly non-commercial Truthful Use foundation for
academic/overview functions solely)

Stay
interview in mid-Nineteen Nineties on Sky Information re
the Bodmin Beast.

Interview
re Morgawr the Cornish sea monster in Season 3, Episode 2 of the UK ITV
documentary sequence Unusual However True?
introduced by Michael Aspel; this episode was first screened on 6 September
1996.

Half 1
of my three-part mid-/late Nineteen Nineties interview for UK month-to-month mysteries journal Fortean Instances with reference to
cryptozoology.

Half 2
of my three-part mid-/late Nineteen Nineties interview for UK month-to-month mysteries journal Fortean Instances with reference to
cryptozoology.

Half 3
of my three-part mid-/late Nineteen Nineties interview for UK month-to-month mysteries journal Fortean Instances with reference to
cryptozoology.

 

Screenshot
from my three-part Fortean Instances
interview (© Dr Karl Shuker/Fortean Instances
– reproduced right here on a strictly non-commercial Truthful Use foundation for
academic/overview functions solely

Interview
in late Nineteen Nineties re British thriller cats, on former UK TV information programme 3D, introduced by Julia Somerville.

 

Talking
on the CFZ’s 2007 Bizarre Weekend convention (© Mark North)

Talking
on the official launch of my first CFZ Press-published guide, Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007), throughout
the CFZ’s 2007 Bizarre Weekend convention.

Talking
on the official launch of my second CFZ Press-published guide, Dr Shuker’s Casebook (2008), throughout the
CFZ’s 2008 Bizarre Weekend convention.

 

Snapped with CFZ buddy Nichola Sullings
on the CFZ’s 2008 Bizarre Weekend convention (© Dr Karl Shuker)

One thing
totally different: my poem ‘Airport’ being learn aloud by Silas Hawkins, from my first
printed poetry assortment, Star Steeds
and Different Goals
(2009).

One thing
totally different: my poem ‘The Loch Ness Monster’ being learn aloud by Silas Hawkins,
from my first printed poetry assortment, Star
Steeds and Different Goals
(2009).

Talking
re big spider stories documented in my guide Mirabilis (2013), in an excerpt from a prolonged radio interview on Coast To Coast AM, first broadcast in
2013.

 

Lecturing
on the very first Fortean Instances
UnConvention, in 1994; so far as I’m conscious, nonetheless, no video recording of my
presentation exists – however I might be completely satisfied to learn in any other case, and even happier
to have the ability to view any such recording! (© Lars Thomas)

 

Sadly, my TV debut (and nonetheless amongst my
favorite small-screen appearances) shouldn’t be included within the above record, as a result of
up to now it doesn’t seem to have been uploaded onto YT by anybody – fyi, it was
in a 1987 TSW (Tv South West) documentary entitled The Beast of Exmoor. Nonetheless, I do personal an official VHS video recording
of the whole programme, kindly gifted to me by TSW, so it isn’t misplaced (which
may be very lucky, as a result of TSW closed down on the finish of 1992).

Furthermore, as I discussed earlier right here, I
could have in my archives some extra TV recordings that includes me, plus cassette
recordings of varied radio interviews with me that I positively have, all of
which I will add onto YT at some stage. As soon as I do, I will insert clickable hyperlinks
to them on this current itemizing. So make sure you verify again right here from time to
time if you would like to entry them for future viewings (and listenings – hey, did
I simply invent a brand new phrase??).

Lastly, I can not go with out mentioning one of the vital fashionable ploys that TV corporations have tried when making an attempt to solicit my companies free of charge particularly, emphasizing all of the publicity that I will derive from showing on or aiding their present. Each time I’ve acquired that spiel, I’ve needed to exert extreme self-control so as to forestall myself from answering again with the withering reply that British clothier Vivienne Westwood allegedly gave when responding to the same assertion in the same state of affairs: “Darling, I do not NEED the publicity!” Fantastic!

 

Simply in case you thought that I might forgotten – right here am I with Mother and Chris
Tarrant after my look on a sure TV quiz present an extended, very long time in the past… (©
Dr Karl Shuker)

 

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