Saturday, 18 February 2012

Disinterred: The Origins of The Bulletproof Coffin #10

When I was a kid we didn't have TV. I know, that's hard to believe, but this is a looooong time ago. Our neighbours acquired a television set a year or two before us. It was a coin-in-the-slot rental TV. A silver sixpence would pay for five hours of television and the rental company would empty the box every month. The concept of the pay-per-use TV will be familiar to anyone who read the first series of The Bulletproof Coffin, though we Americanised the concept by using a motel coin operated TV as a model.

The very first program I ever saw on television was on that television. My brothers and myself would sit on the floor along with the neighbours' three kids gazing up in awe at the glowing black and white screen waiting for the magic words "Hi-yo Silver!"