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  • What was your ITV region?

    If you remember having one, and were you happy with it? Did you think another region might've been better? Did the licensee change like when ATV went off and Central came on? Did you ever get to see much of another region while away or even at home?

    Do you remember any of the local programs that weren't shared with the other regions? Favorite announcers?

    I'll claim Yorkshire as 'my' region based on that's where my mother's side was from (I'm in Canada), but that one ident they put on at the starts of their own productions in the late '60s-early '70s was quite, er, bracing! Ta-da-dat-dat-daaaah! I'd have liked to get Tyne Tees with it though, even if a bit fuzzy... did every region get their Nobody's House? That makes me wish they'd made more shows!
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    Harlech TV

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    • #3
      Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
      If you remember having one, and were you happy with it? Did you think another region might've been better? Did the licensee change like when ATV went off and Central came on? Did you ever get to see much of another region while away or even at home?

      Do you remember any of the local programs that weren't shared with the other regions? Favorite announcers?

      I'll claim Yorkshire as 'my' region based on that's where my mother's side was from (I'm in Canada), but that one ident they put on at the starts of their own productions in the late '60s-early '70s was quite, er, bracing! Ta-da-dat-dat-daaaah! I'd have liked to get Tyne Tees with it though, even if a bit fuzzy... did every region get their Nobody's House? That makes me wish they'd made more shows!
      Mine was Thames, based at Teddington Lock.
      Bearing in mind that as a child ( going back some ) screen time wasn't such a big deal as it is now. I loved the Thames TV image/panorama, Saint Paul's cathedral and Tower Bridge both included.



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      • #4
        HTV made some interesting shows for young viewers in the '70s... especially Sky about the alien boy and Children Of The Stones!

        Thames had my favorite logo music. It was formed from a merger of the earlier Rediffusion and ABC.
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        • #5
          Originally STV but I was way too young to remember it. Later Yorkshire TV but after the age of 5 or 6 only its ident and Calendar News distinguished it from other ITV companies.

          Yorkshire TV was taken over by Granada in 1997. I remember that event well and it was a dark day in history for viewers east of the Pennines. Granada was previously the weekday ITV company for the territory served by the Emley Moor transmitter prior to 1968. It was as clear as day that the territory served by Yorkshire TV would become nothing more than a colony of Granada - an ITV company that did not recognise that there was a world outside of Manchester (with the possible exception of London as they had previously taken over LWT) and even Preston or Nantwich might as well be on Mars. Granada also automatically took over Tyne Tees as it was owned by Yorkshire TV.

          I would have loved to have TVS back in the 1980s.

          It's amazing to think that in the year I was born that only one ITV company would still exist today. If a public survey was carried out that year then I seriously doubt that many people would have guessed right.

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          • #6
            Granada and then Central

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Heather74 View Post
              Granada and then Central

              Mine as well.
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              • #8
                Is it true people referred to the area of coverage as Granadaland? Or was that just a promotional 'hype'? I've read how at one time, before Yorkshire Television was created, Granada covered part of it and afterward it extended west instead. So that Granada got it back again later makes sense I suppose. It sort of came down to Granada and Carlton at the end as I've heard it, lots of mergers, cost cutting, offices closed, buildings sold, plus general subcontracting and hollowing out. The accountants in charge rather than people with entertainment backgrounds.

                The smallest ITV region was Channel Television covering the Channel Islands, they took a fair amount of programs from Southern but did have their own unique local programs and I expected some in French. Now the regions are much more blurred into a national ITV (or does that have to be a lowercase 'itv'?) with fewer local area programs outside news reporting, so really little different now from the BBC who had shows out of Pebble Mill in Birmingham, or Scottish BBC and Cymru made programs that were seen elsewhere like Coronation Street and Emmerdale that are still made outside London. It seems a pity to have lost all that variety, it seems to have started during the separating the regions from productions, contracting out, and yet the two big soaps I mention are the ones still being made regionally where Brookside, was one of the subcontracted productions, is gone.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
                  HTV made some interesting shows for young viewers in the '70s... especially Sky about the alien boy and Children Of The Stones!
                  HTV was probably the only ITV company which could make children's programmes with a mysterious and somewhat creepy theme to them!

                  Thames had my favorite logo music. It was formed from a merger of the earlier Rediffusion and ABC.
                  Thames had a striking, and very memorable, ident.

                  What was LWT like before 1993? Did it show many local programmes? Its presentation (and possibly the company itself?) was quite brash compared with the majestic Thames, but I think LWT produced more local programmes for the London region than Thames did.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
                    Is it true people referred to the area of coverage as Granadaland?
                    Yes. Sometimes in a derogatory sense.

                    I've read how at one time, before Yorkshire Television was created, Granada covered part of it and afterward it extended west instead. So that Granada got it back again later makes sense I suppose.
                    What happened was that in the early years of ITV there were three regions - London, Midlands, North West and Yorkshire. Each region had a weekday and weekend programme contractor.

                    London had Rediffusion on weekdays and ATV on weekends.
                    Midlands had ATV on weekdays and ABC on weekends.
                    North West and Yorkshire had Granada on weekdays and ABC on weekends.

                    Later other regions were added to the network and they were all 7 day franchises, starting with STV in central Scotland.

                    In the 1968 franchise round only the London region continued with separate weekday and weekend programme contractors. The North West and Yorkshire region was split into two different regions.

                    Yorkshire TV and LWT were new programme contractors for the Yorkshire and London weekend regions respectively.
                    Granada took the North West region and ATV took the Midlands region.
                    Rediffusion and ABC merged to form Thames which took the London weekday region.

                    It seems a pity to have lost all that variety, it seems to have started during the separating the regions from productions, contracting out, and yet the two big soaps I mention are the ones still being made regionally where Brookside, was one of the subcontracted productions, is gone.
                    Blame it on Carlton.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Arran View Post

                      HTV was probably the only ITV company which could make children's programmes with a mysterious and somewhat creepy theme to them!
                      Thames managed it with the Tomorrow People.

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                      • #12
                        For me it was Thames Television and LWT. But my favourite logo was Anglia.
                        https://youtu.be/OlbgtjvISzo

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post

                          Thames managed it with the Tomorrow People.
                          Thames also produced the series Ace Of Wands, now that really had some creepy content, sad that so many episodes have been lost, seemingly forever.

                          Others have mentioned the Thames strong ident, I don't know if anyone remember this but there used to be a musical prelude immediately before programs started at around about 9.00. It was somewhat orchestral, almost a fanfare that lasted about one minute heralding the start of the day's broadcast with the Thames panorama on the screen.
                          This was during the very early 70's, way before breakfast TV of course.

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                          • #14
                            I imagine Thames had something like the longer Anglia film, which Moonraker posted a link to, that would start their day. I saw Anglia being parodied in a comedy show titled End Of Part One (which had Denise Coffey in it).

                            I loved The Tomorrow People for some reason, I guess I was the right age for it, but watching some of it much later made me cringe a bit here and there. Never seen the remake, but yes, that opening was a classic! Ace Of Wands was just before my time but I've seen some of the third series of it which has survived. Would love for the first two series to miraculously surface someday soon.

                            Someone has made up a fun timeline history of the ITV regions using their idents next to a map...
                            https://youtu.be/KdwCx-utQv4

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                            • #15
                              Doing some interesting reading about the early days of ITV in Wales ('ITV Regions', Open University Press) and how the franchise for the north and west of Wales was the only one to actually fail (with Lord Harlech coming in after that and HTV). It's an interesting region with transmitter difficulties and the two languages to cater to. My first thought would be a regular Wales arts program including music, visual, theater etc., with presenters in both languages a bit like Germany had with Beat Club (that had Uschi Nerk in German and a British DJ in English and the program was popular with English speaking armed services people stationed there). I'm not sure they ever had a bringing together of both audiences program of that kind but it might've helped. The south and England's west was served by TWW more successfully with less Welsh programming. That area I could imagine having a language education series that could be repeated, a sort of virtual drop-in class. Not sure if there was any attempt at subtitling back then (1959-1963), may've been technically difficult to achieve but that too could've helped.
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