- Bad Influence!
Infobox British television
show_name = Bad Influence!
caption = Presenter
Violet Berlin, Andy Crane Andy Wear(as Nam Rood) Sonya Saul
first_aired = 29 October 1992
last_aired = 02 January 1996
num_series = 4
num_episodes = 57 (Series 1 = 13, Series 2 = 15, Series 3 = 15, Series 4 = 14)
"Bad Influence!" (working title- "Deep Techies" according to "BUZZ!", a now defunct video games magazine on ORACLE) was a mid 1990s British factual television programme shown on Children’s ITV that looked at
video gamesand computer technology. It was shown on Thursdays at 4:45pm between 29 October 1992 and 02 January 1996 and had a run of four series of between 13 and 15 shows of twenty minutes. For at least two of the four series, it had the highest ratings of any CITV programme.
"Bad Influence!" featured
SNES/ Mega Driveera game reviews, the latest hardware news and in-depth looks at gaming issues and new technology. The show was originally presented by Violet Berlinand Andy Cranein the studio and Z Wrightin the US. They were also joined by a character called Nam Rood(Door Man backwards) , crazy cheat expert living in his shed outside the studio and then later in the basement who in giving viewers cheats for the video games featured on the show by sticking them to his head would refer to things as "slimy fertlers". [ [http://www.bad-influence.co.uk/presenters.htm Bad Influence! : Violet Berlin, Andy Crane, et al ] ] By the fourth series, Violet presented the US reports and Andy was joined by Sonya Saulin the studio.
At the end of the programme, viewers were encouraged to record the 'datablast,' a number of pages of game articles and information that were flashed rapidly onto the screen during the credits, using a
Commodore Amiga. Viewers could then read the pages by replaying it in slow motion on their video player. During the first series a spin-off magazine was launched, although only two editions were produced.
The production company behind the programme was
Yorkshire Televisionin Leeds.
As part of a report for the programme Berlin was included as a character in the
Mega Drivegame Micro Machines 2.
* [http://www.bad-influence.co.uk Official "Bad Influence!" website]
* [http://uk.youtube.com/user/badinfluencewebsite The "Bad Influence!" Website's YouTube Channel]
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