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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Every issue is packed with features that celebrate classic entertainment, transport, food and drink, and the great British countryside. Our readers are at the heart of what we do. As well as taking their suggestions on board, their voices are heard through our Yesterday Remembered memoir section, along with the Postbag and Question Time pages.

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

Call the Cops

Like many of you, if my television isn’t tuned to Talking Pictures TV then there’s a high chance that it’s been switched to Forces TV or the Drama channel. While television drama is enjoying something of a renaissance of late, it’s always nice to catch up on an old favourite or to be introduced to a long-forgotten gem. And with the addition of streaming services such as BritBox and the recently introduced TPTV Encore, access to classic television has never been easier.

Despite this, there are still thousands of hours of old favourites locked away in the archives that rarely, if ever, see the light of day. Take the work of our cover star John Thaw for instance. Re-runs of The Sweeney, Inspector Morse and Home to Roost are on a near constant loop on various free-to-air channels. You can also buy the likes of Redcap, Mitch and Thick As Thieves – the Clement and La Frenais sitcom, co-starring Bob Hoskins – on DVD. But what of Thaw’s earlier work?

Not everything would have been retained in the archives, of course. But wouldn’t it be nice to see his surviving Z Cars episodes again? In fact, given what an important series Z Cars is in the history of crime drama it’s a shame that the early black and white episodes haven’t been officially released on DVD let alone given a much-deserved repeat.

In the month of the programme’s 60th anniversary, which is celebrated elsewhere in this issue, I’d like to think there will an evening of classic episodes, accompanied by a documentary or two somewhere in the television schedules. But if not, it’ll be a missed opportunity. In fact, and I hope I don’t sound too overdramatic, it’d be a bit of a crime.