“Hi, TV ‘Nikki’ (Lost) here, you may remember me from the crucial scene where we discovered the other DHARMA stations and th… actually, no, you probably won’t remember me at all, because I’m one of the Top Ten TV Characters That Time Forgot!”. Yes indeed – over at The Fan Can, you can read my rundown of The Top Ten TV Characters That Time Forgot, those long-overlooked individuals who were intended as blockbusting show regulars but somehow never caught on and just sort of fell through a crack in the TV pavement. Do you have vague memories of Beckett from Castle playing an Israeli girl in the first series of Heroes, four-way arguments in Sir Humphrey’s office, Rigsby’s fourth long-term tenant, or those three other children in The Magic Roundabout who ultimately became so obscure that even Wikipedia refuses to accept they were ever in the show without ‘Citation’ (which, presumably, does not encompass all available visual evidence of them having been in the show)? You’ll find all of them, and many more (well, five more, and one of them is Kenny from The Tomorrow People), in The Top Ten TV Characters That Time Forgot!
…and incidentally, while we’re on the subject, top online magazine This Way Up is celebrating its tenth anniversary by reprinting (well, it’s neither printing nor ‘re’, really) some articles from its ancient paper-and-ink issues. Lots of great archival stuff is currently re-emerging, including my own take on the BBC’s fascinating early nineties detective/sci-fi misfire Virtual Murder, famous for an episode in which Jon Pertwee played a pensioner who went around blowing up sex shops. Enjoy!