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Look-in was a children’s magazine centred on ITV’s television programmes in the United Kingdom, and subtitled “The Junior TVTimes”. It ran from 9 January 1971 to 12 March 1994. Briefly in 1985 a BBC-based rival appeared called BEEB; another was launched in 1989, Fast Forward, which went on to outsell Look-in.

Look-in had interviews, crosswords and competitions, and it had pictures and pin-ups of TV stars and pop idols of the time. Its main feature however was the many comic strips of the favourite children’s television programmes, all of which were being shown on the ITV network at the time.

When the magazine began publication, it was edited by Alan Fennell and the strips were written by Angus Allan. Fennell left in 1975, and the art editor, Colin Shelborn, took over as editor. The covers in the 1970s were paintings by Arnaldo Putzu, an Italian working in London who had created many cinema posters in the 1960s, including designs for the Carry On films. His Look-in covers were mostly painted using acrylics.

Introduced mainly as a vehicle for children to find out what was on ITV, it included highlight listings for each ITV region, of programmes likely to appeal to its target market, but Look-in also spotlighted popular children’s topics and pastimes of the day. Skateboarding, BMX and YoYoing were all featured in the magazine. Although primarily a television magazine, it also often featured articles on sport such as On The Ball with Brian Moore, as well as science articles written by Peter Fairley. DJ Ed Stewart became a regular face in Look-in, appearing in the first issue in a feature about a day in his life, he was later given his own pages called ‘Stewpot’s Newsdesk’ which ran until 1980. Alan Fennell who edited Look-in wrote episodes for most of Gerry Anderson’s series.

After television, the next biggest topic featured was pop music. This usually comprised interview articles and pull-out pin-ups of the top acts of the day, from ABBA and the Bay City Rollers in the 1970s to Adam and the Ants and Bros in the 1980s. Picture strips on pop groups at first featured life stories on ABBA and The Beatles (among others) and went on to become original adventures stories for groups such as Madness and Bucks Fizz.

In September 1981 Look-in changed its look, adopting a new logo and with photo covers replacing the cover paintings. By the late 1980s, the comic was struggling to compete with glossier teen magazines and sales were dropping. By the early 1990s, Look-in was catering for a younger age group by featuring picture strip stories based on cartoons and short and choppy fact-file type articles. The final issue was published in 1994.

During its run, Look-in annuals and Summer Special issues were released each year. In 2007 Carlton Books published a compilation reprint; Best of the Seventies, under their Prion and Sevenoaks imprints. This was followed-up by a Best of the Eighties the following year.

The mainstay of “Look-In” was the picture strips. The following is a selected list of various strips featured:

Television-based

Timeslip (Jan 71 – Dec 72)
Freewheelers (Jan 71 – Mar 72)
Please Sir! (Jan 71 – Jan 73)
Crowther in Trouble (Jan 71 – Dec 72)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (May – Sep 71)
Follyfoot (Jul 71 – May 74)
On the Buses (Aug 71 – May 74)
Doctor at Large / at Sea / On the Go (May 72 – late 78)
Catweazle (Aug – Oct 72)
Pathfinders (Dec 72 – May 73)
Elephant Boy (Dec 72 – 73)
The Tomorrow People (Jul 73 – Apr 78)
Bless This House (Dec 73 – Sep 75)
The World at War (Feb – May 74)
Kung Fu (Mar 74 – Jun 75)
The Adventures of Black Beauty (Jun 74 – Sep 75)
The Benny Hill Page (Jan 75 – Jan 81)
The Six Million Dollar Man (Jun 75 – Mar 79)
Space: 1999 (Sep 75 – Mar 77)
Man About the House (Oct 75 – Jul 76)
The Bionic Woman (Aug 76 – May 79)
Just William (Apr – Oct 77)
Man from Atlantis (Feb – Jul 78)
The Famous Five (Jul 78 – Feb 80)
Logan’s Run (Apr – Sep 78)
How the West Was Won (Oct 78 – Apr 79)
Mind Your Language (Oct 78 – Mar 80)
Dick Turpin (Mar – Oct 79)

Worzel Gummidge (Apr 79 – Sep 82)
Bionic Action (May – Nov 79)
CHiPs (May – Jun 79, May 81 – Feb 83)
Sapphire & Steel (Aug 79 – Apr 81)
Battlestar Galactica (Oct 79 – Oct 80)
Charlie’s Angels (Nov 79 – May 81)
The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist (1980)
Mork & Mindy (Mar 80 – Mar 81)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Oct 80 – Jan 82)
Rock on Tommy! (Jan 82 – 88)
Magnum, P.I. (Jan – Jul 82)
Danger Mouse (May 82 – Nov 85)
The Fall Guy (Jun 82 – 84)
Star Fleet (83)
Murphy’s Mob
Knight Rider
Terrahawks (Dec 83 – Apr 84)
Robin of Sherwood (Apr 84 – 86)
The A-Team (84–87)
Super Gran (Feb – Oct 85, 89)
Street Hawk (Mar – Oct 85)
Airwolf (Sep 86 – Jan 87)
Inspector Gadget (86–88)
Alf (Mar – Sep 88)
Galaxy High School (89–90)
Count Duckula (89)
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (89)
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures (91–92)
Garfield (88 – Mar 94)
Scooby-Doo (87 – Mar 94)
No. 73 (86–88)

Music-based

David Cassidy – ‘The Adventures of David Cassidy’ – (Dec 72 – 1973)
Slik – ‘Slik Stories’ – (Jul – Oct 76)
Flintlock – ‘It’s Flintlock!’ – (Oct 76 – Feb 77)
ABBA – ‘ABBA Exclusive Official’ – (77–78)
Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis the Story’ – (May – Sep 81)
The Beatles – ‘The Story of the Beatles’ – (Sep 81 – Feb 82)
Madness – ‘It’s Madness’ – (Sep 81 – Feb 83)
Haircut One Hundred (Jul 82 – Feb 83)
Bucks Fizz (Feb 83 – Feb 85)
a-ha
Five Star – ‘The 5 Star Life’ – (87–89)
Bros
Kylie Minogue
Jason Donovan

(Stripsinformation thanks to Andy)

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UPDATE 05-05-2018

TV Comedy Annual 1975

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UPDATE 05-04-2018

Television Annual 1978

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UPDATE 15-03-2018

Holiday Special 1973 Film Special 1981


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Follyfoot Special, v1 47 v9 32



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UPDATE 24-01-2017

v1 2,3


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Holiday special 1971, Television annual 1972,1973,1976

In the pack it says Annual 71,72,75, you have to rename those into 72,73,76.

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v1 1,4-14

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v1 15-26

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v1 27-38

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v1 39-46,48-51

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v2 1-12

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v2 13-24

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v2 25-36

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v2 37-48

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v2 49-52, v3 31, v4 22, v5 20, v11 4-6, v12 13, v22 3

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14 responses »

  1. Box Office Fever says:

    Thanks for these issues. Are you planning to upload more issues? I’m interested in issues from the late seventies and the early eighties. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Jeremy Fox says:

    Another good place for Look-In is John’s Look-Out:
    http://juniortvtimes.blogspot.my/

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  3. John Stewart says:

    I’m John of ‘John’s look-out’ I’ve just found this amazing resource, I have to say i’m absolutely blown away by it, feel free to use anything from Look-out blog for the Look-in section. As you can tell Look-in is my thing, Hope like me it will be a complete section one day, good luck,

    John.

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  4. Andy says:

    Look-in Holiday Special 1973 I found for you, it is now being uploaded to you.

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  5. Andy says:

    In addition, I found Look-in v1 number 47, that you have missing, that is being uploaded to you as well. Also I found another 2 Specials of Look-in that you do not have, being
    uploaded to you as well. It is Look-in 1973 Follyfoot Special. It is not the same as the other 1973 Special. That one is different. Also the other one is from 1981 and is called Look-in Film Special – Clash of the Titans. Glad to be of help.

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  6. Andy says:

    The mainstay of “Look-In” was the picture strips. The following is a selected list of various strips featured:

    Television-based

    Timeslip (Jan 71 – Dec 72)
    Freewheelers (Jan 71 – Mar 72)
    Please Sir! (Jan 71 – Jan 73)
    Crowther in Trouble (Jan 71 – Dec 72)
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (May – Sep 71)
    Follyfoot (Jul 71 – May 74)
    On the Buses (Aug 71 – May 74)
    Doctor at Large / at Sea / On the Go (May 72 – late 78)
    Catweazle (Aug – Oct 72)
    Pathfinders (Dec 72 – May 73)
    Elephant Boy (Dec 72 – 73)
    The Tomorrow People (Jul 73 – Apr 78)
    Bless This House (Dec 73 – Sep 75)
    The World at War (Feb – May 74)
    Kung Fu (Mar 74 – Jun 75)
    The Adventures of Black Beauty (Jun 74 – Sep 75)
    The Benny Hill Page (Jan 75 – Jan 81)
    The Six Million Dollar Man (Jun 75 – Mar 79)
    Space: 1999 (Sep 75 – Mar 77)
    Man About the House (Oct 75 – Jul 76)
    The Bionic Woman (Aug 76 – May 79)
    Just William (Apr – Oct 77)
    Man from Atlantis (Feb – Jul 78)
    The Famous Five (Jul 78 – Feb 80)
    Logan’s Run (Apr – Sep 78)
    How the West Was Won (Oct 78 – Apr 79)
    Mind Your Language (Oct 78 – Mar 80)
    Dick Turpin (Mar – Oct 79)

    Worzel Gummidge (Apr 79 – Sep 82)
    Bionic Action (May – Nov 79)
    CHiPs (May – Jun 79, May 81 – Feb 83)
    Sapphire & Steel (Aug 79 – Apr 81)
    Battlestar Galactica (Oct 79 – Oct 80)
    Charlie’s Angels (Nov 79 – May 81)
    The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist (1980)
    Mork & Mindy (Mar 80 – Mar 81)
    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Oct 80 – Jan 82)
    Rock on Tommy! (Jan 82 – 88)
    Magnum, P.I. (Jan – Jul 82)
    Danger Mouse (May 82 – Nov 85)
    The Fall Guy (Jun 82 – 84)
    Star Fleet (83)
    Murphy’s Mob
    Knight Rider
    Terrahawks (Dec 83 – Apr 84)
    Robin of Sherwood (Apr 84 – 86)
    The A-Team (84–87)
    Super Gran (Feb – Oct 85, 89)
    Street Hawk (Mar – Oct 85)
    Airwolf (Sep 86 – Jan 87)
    Inspector Gadget (86–88)
    Alf (Mar – Sep 88)
    Galaxy High School (89–90)
    Count Duckula (89)
    Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (89)
    Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures (91–92)
    Garfield (88 – Mar 94)
    Scooby-Doo (87 – Mar 94)
    No. 73 (86–88)

    Music-based

    David Cassidy – ‘The Adventures of David Cassidy’ – (Dec 72 – 1973)
    Slik – ‘Slik Stories’ – (Jul – Oct 76)
    Flintlock – ‘It’s Flintlock!’ – (Oct 76 – Feb 77)
    ABBA – ‘ABBA Exclusive Official’ – (77–78)
    Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis the Story’ – (May – Sep 81)
    The Beatles – ‘The Story of the Beatles’ – (Sep 81 – Feb 82)
    Madness – ‘It’s Madness’ – (Sep 81 – Feb 83)
    Haircut One Hundred (Jul 82 – Feb 83)
    Bucks Fizz (Feb 83 – Feb 85)
    a-ha
    Five Star – ‘The 5 Star Life’ – (87–89)
    Bros
    Kylie Minogue
    Jason Donovan

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  7. leemcdaid says:

    Boutje, where you have

    “Holiday special 1971, Television annual 1971,1972,1975”

    should read

    “Holiday special 1971, Television annual 1972,1973,1976”

    Here is the comedy annual for 1975

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/f06owfz2pt5rp50/Look-In+Comedy+Annual+1975.cbz

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