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Started by halfnelson on Feb 9, 2016 8:04:58 PM
The glory days of regional ITV

Here's Spontu favourite Alan Taylor, the original host of Mr. & Mrs. (well, the English version anyway) fronting a show called Orbit on HTV West in 1974. Children's TV doesn't really come any cheaper than this!:

Or does it??? Here's Westward's Look & See from 1981, with the slightly sinister Jill Mapson and a face flannel:

diomu_II - 10 Feb 2016 11:23:11 (#1 of 172)

Ulster Television is now one of the biggest companies in the ITA, but when I was a nipper it was utter shite. I remember Romper Room and not much else...

hailesaladdie - 10 Feb 2016 11:44:29 (#2 of 172)

Bill Steele from Tyne Tees visited our school fête and bought a paperweight (a stone with some paint on it). That's my regional ITV story.

gordonthemoron - 10 Feb 2016 12:08:17 (#3 of 172)

I think Border TV was still broadcasting in black and white long after other TV companies had switched to colour

Moominmamma12 - 10 Feb 2016 12:11:50 (#4 of 172)

Granada was the best at everything, apart from for the odd thing where it wasn't.

Granada Soccer Night. L...S...D...

Moominmamma12 - 10 Feb 2016 12:13:33 (#5 of 172)

The Book Tower, I give you, Yorkshire TV.

hailesaladdie - 10 Feb 2016 12:30:35 (#6 of 172)

Whatever happened to the Birthday Greetings?

RosyLovelady - 10 Feb 2016 12:49:13 (#7 of 172)

Being in Granadaland in the early 1960s deprived us of Ben Casey MD and Route 66 which the rest of the country enjoyed so much.

Snarlygog - 10 Feb 2016 12:49:58 (#8 of 172)

Gus Honeybun with Judy Spires

Shadrack22 - 10 Feb 2016 12:51:46 (#9 of 172)

The majestic Anglia TV knight:

hailesaladdie - 10 Feb 2016 13:00:45 (#10 of 172)

"Tonight, from Norwich, it's the quiz of the week!"

Shadrack22 - 10 Feb 2016 13:21:05 (#11 of 172)


toffle - 10 Feb 2016 13:23:38 (#12 of 172)

The majestic Anglia TV knight:

It's about a yard high. You'd need a bloody huge mantelpiece for it.

Tripos - 10 Feb 2016 13:24:01 (#13 of 172)

Some will have no idea to what this refers to but: From Norwich, it's the quiz of the week.

hailesaladdie - 10 Feb 2016 13:24:53 (#14 of 172)

Oddly enough, I do remember that...

Shadrack22 - 10 Feb 2016 13:25:26 (#15 of 172)

Sale of the Century?

Tripos - 10 Feb 2016 13:26:23 (#16 of 172)


toffle - 10 Feb 2016 13:27:06 (#17 of 172)

Some of us ran the regular risk of encountering it in real life.

When they say From Norwich, they actually meant, from the shitty end of Magdalen Street, past the grotty shopping centre.

Tripos - 10 Feb 2016 13:31:49 (#18 of 172)

I was but a lad then and had no reason to visit Norwich. The opening titles starting with a metal (gold?) knight on a horse. Funnily enough I was n Norwich last week, didn't seem that bad but I didn't visit the town centre. Sorry city centre.

Eligelis - 10 Feb 2016 13:40:30 (#19 of 172)

A couple of years ago - in a fit of nostalgia - I looked out on YouTube the opening sequence of Westward TV; what used to come on every morning at the start of broadcasting.

We used to spend summers in the mid 70s in a static caravan in North Devon, and I was always up for watching at start of the day. the scenes of the south west - not sugar coated, but life going on as life should. Then the long shot down the TV mast, fading to the large map on the outside wall of Westwards headquarters, then finally the silver model ship slowly turning to create the station logo as the music reached a swelling crescendo.

By the end of the fading of the last notes I was in tears, transported back to a more innocent part of my life, when things were simple and good.

Heigh ho; so much for nostalgia.

Edit - just watched the end again - same reaction.

whitbreadtrophy - 10 Feb 2016 20:16:05 (#20 of 172)

Long ago in a county far far away...

"Real darts on a REAL Yorkshire board!"

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