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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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  • amethyst
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    There was Tyne Tees
    Scottish TV
    Ulster
    London Weekend
    Midlands

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  • Arran
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    Originally posted by amethyst View Post
    There was Westward TV probably Devon & Cornwall
    Has anybody experienced (the rather homely) Westward and its successor TSW? Their studio was located in Plymouth.

    It served Devon, Cornwall, Scilly Isles, part of Somerset, western Dorset.

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  • Arran
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    Originally posted by culnara View Post
    Grampian Television
    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.

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  • amethyst
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    There was Westward TV probably Devon & Cornwall

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  • beccabear67
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    Originally posted by culnara View Post
    Grampian Television
    A mysterious one for me (along with the Border region); I imagine people tuning in from the Orkneys and Hebrides to some unique Scottish programs known now only in fading memories.

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  • wispa lover
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    HTV Wales. Despite living in South Wales, for some reason our old TV set had HTV West in better picture quality than HTV Wales.

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  • culnara
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    Grampian Television

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  • Arran
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    Originally posted by Cartimand View Post
    Down here in Hampshire, we were on the cusp
    Boundaries between ITV regions have intrigued me. They could result in a situation where in a particular town one person watches ITV region A and their next door neighbour watches ITV region B.

    I believe that all of Hampshire is officially in the South East region although the London region can be received clearly in Aldershot and Farnborough. Any ideas which are the official ITV regions for Camberley and Bracknell? Guildford is officially London region although South East region seems to be more popular in Hindhead. Horsham is South East region but Crawley is London region. Any ideas about East Grinstead?

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  • beccabear67
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    Originally posted by Cartimand View Post
    Down here in Hampshire, we were on the cusp
    It must've been nice to get a choice of regions! The only show I remember well made by Southern was Worzel Gummidge though I know there were others... but I've never seen a Freewheelers even though it ran for a long time.

    I was thinking HTV might've made The Owl Service as it was set in Wales, but I looked and it was Granada.

    I suppose with digital/cable the region system that started based around transmitter towers was going to be eventually 'needless', but it had a lot of strengths to it, variety is strength to me. If it comes down only to sheer viewing figures for advertisers you get a lot of awful cheap overly dramatic stuff.

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  • Arran
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Thames managed it with the Tomorrow People.
    ???????

    I still think HTV had the creepiest edge to them when it came to children's programmes. They also produced Emlyn's Moon for CITV in 1990.

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  • Cartimand
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    Down here in Hampshire, we were on the cusp between:



    and



    For news and local interest stuff, Thames was generally better, but Southern was great for showing old Hammer horror films after the 10 O'Clock news.


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  • beccabear67
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    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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  • beccabear67
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    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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