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Spectrum Addict: LOAD “FILM 2”. Coming soon. 🙂
If you check across the internetty thingy, there should be a couple of competitions to win DVDs of the first film, especially at LORD A*SE. 🙂

Had the totally amazing opportunity to interview one of my all-time Spectrum heroes, the one and only RICK DICKINSON down in Cambridge. Rick, who designed the ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Sinclair QL, Spectrum+ etc etc etc was an absolute blast. A proper gent, full of brilliant anecdotes, wit and charisma, and a truly genius vision on design, and indeed the design of the ZX81, Spectrum, Sinclair QL etc. It was an awesome experience, and for a lifelong Speccy fan, an absolute dream. 🙂 Thanks to Rick for inviting me into his home, and to his charming wife who was also a star. I cannot WAIT to put this film together…!!

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Spectrum Addict Press Release

April 2016

It is with great pleasure I’d like to announce FIVE new amazing interview additions to the Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict movie.

Rick Dickinson. Rick is only the flippin’ engineer who designed the ZX80, ZX81 and – of course – the ZX Spectrum. You want to know why the Speccy was black, not white? Why the space key was not a bar? Why the keys were rubber and the top case aluminium? All will be revealed!

Stephen Crow, seminal author of Wizard’s Lair, Starquake and Firelord – Stephen has kindly agreed to be interviewed for the film!

Bo Jangeborg. Many will know Bo as the author of The Artist and The Artist II, an amazing utility that allowed so many people to create their own graphical masterpieces. Others will know Bo as the author of Fairlight and Fairlight II, published by The Edge, awesome 3D isometric adventure puzzle games which wowed fans and press alike. Bo has kindly agreed to be interviewed for Spectrum Addict.

Rich Stevenson. Rich came to prominence with the Firebird title Short’s Fuse, and then went on to become one of the Spectrum’s most prolific developers! Highlights include Dotty, Popeye 2, Bangers & Mash, Pub Games, Dead or Alive, BMX Ninja and Wrestle Crazy.


Do you remember laughing so hard you puked?

That would be Fergus McNeill, humorist and adventure programmer who penned not only Bored of the Rings, The Boggit, Robin of Sherlock and The Big Sleaze, but was entrusted with the Terry Pratchett Discworld license The Colour of Magic and made a damn good job of it. Hail Sir McNeill!! etc etc.

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