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  • Arran
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    There are several of these 'sweet spots' including areas that aren't sparsely populated. There must have been some towns where it was more common for people to watch the wrong ITV region for the town. A few areas - such as south Essex - received the strongest signal from a transmitter for the wrong ITV region.

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  • beccabear67
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    I've heard of some real 'sweet spots' where one could pick up fairly strongly three ITV regions, say YTV-Granada-Tyne Tees, or YTV-Central-Anglia. Sparsely populated overlaps within line of sight of three transmitters so you just swung the aerial to catch which you wanted.

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  • Arran
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    Has anybody noticed that ITV regions didn't line up well with geographic regions of the UK?

    The least divided geographic region was Greater London. Almost 100% of viewers watched Thames / Carlton and LWT. You had to try quite hard to receive another ITV region.

    The second least divided geographic region was West Midlands. 100% covered by Central although it was possible to receive Granada or HTV close to the northern and western edges.

    Wales was 100% covered by HTV but many viewers in north east Wales watched Granada instead. Some viewers in mid Wales watched Central.

    Northern Ireland was 100% covered by Ulster but it was possible on the east coast to receive Border from the transmitter on the Isle of Man, and in north Antrim to receive STV.

    East Midlands was the only geographic region that didn't have its own ITV region. It was divided 4 ways between Central, Yorkshire, Anglia, and part of the Peak District in Granada.

    South West was divided 4 ways between TSW / Westcountry, HTV, TVS / Meridian, and Central.

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  • Victoria O'Keefe
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8VHha9UIJ8

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  • albatros
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    For us on the Isle of Man it was BBC only available and that from a transmitter on the mainland until a repeater was brought into service. Later when ITV came on some of the island (West) received Granada from Winter Hill while the East received from Ulster from the Black Mountain site and many parts received no ITV programs at all. Even for those of us that did the reception was at best poor with a poor signal to noise ratio, co-channeling and times even tide effects! Later a repeater was installed on the island for Border Television which did NOT go down well because the general opinion was that Granada had better programming. Then I left the island to go to university. I was just turned nineteen and my life of sin and debauchery started from then!

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  • George 1978
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    Central (and also Yorkshire with a correctly positioned portable aerial and signal booster).

    Atmospheric conditions on a couple of occasions sometimes got us Anglia, London and the Meridian/TVS region.

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  • Victoria O'Keefe
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yc9pBjTKo8
    Last edited by Victoria O'Keefe; 4 weeks ago.

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  • sixtyten
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    Thames & LWT

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  • Victoria O'Keefe
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoFsB4nYTQM

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  • HG
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    Tyne Tees

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  • Blue Jeans
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    ATV. Then it became Central, then Carlton.

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  • beccabear67
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    I was looking through listings in a late '70s Look-In and I see some parts got Mork & Mindy while more got Happy Days. I'd much rather have had the former, Happy Days got a bit stale for me, but Laverne & Shirley was the best of the bunch really.

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  • culnara
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    Originally posted by Arran View Post

    That's an interesting one.

    It's a bit of a "how long is a piece of string" question, but what was it like to have Grampian? Did it show lots of local programmes that were not shown in any other ITV region? Did it often share programmes with STV? What was the local news like?

    I am aware that Grampian produced some ITV schools programmes, but it ended up (unfairly?) gaining a reputation for being associated with sex education. I think Grampian produced some children's programmes as well.
    Hi there, no, from what remember, there weren't many deviations from the ITV listings, usually Sat night Movies would differ, or the odd change in programs but nothing major, there used to be a Saturday Children's show called "Isla's Island" this ran 1973/74, with Isla St Clair being the Presenter, al lI remember about it was Isla being dressed up as a Pirate and I'm sure there was a seal puppet on a wooden box next to her, they would also show cartoons, I just remember Spiderman being shown... nobody else seems to remember it, at least Wikipedia mentions i on Isla's page LOL

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  • Arran
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    Ulster TV programmes were broadcast in other ITV regions only once in a blue moon. They produced a few episodes of Dramarama but the only other times you would see their logo was religious programmes like Highway apart from a very rare one-off programme.

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  • Moonraker
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    Originally posted by amethyst View Post
    There was Tyne Tees
    Scottish TV
    Ulster
    London Weekend
    Midlands
    There was a series made in the mid 70s called Nobody's House, about a boy ghost living in a house.
    This was made by Tyne Tees. That's probably the first time I came across the network.

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