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    Anyone have any memories of when Channel 4 started? Late 1982 wasn't it? Was it exciting to have an entire new channel as well as new shows? I guess there's a political aspect to it existing at all, I wonder if any people boycotted it that didn't like Thatcher or whatever at the time.

    I have an interest in the Brookside soap and how it changed over time. Also S.W.A.L.K., a show for teens connected with me pretty strongly for some reason at the time. It had this photo-comics gimmick with Prunella Scales as the advice lady appearing in a bubble to give her stereotype advice which contrasted with the reality played out in the show (like the main character's older sister getting married after becoming pregnant and moving out).

    I guess it wasn't all that many years after Channel 4 launched that satellite and Sky and specialty channels came along.

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    I remember its start up....1st program was Countdown

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    i think it was november when it started. used to love brookside when it first started.

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    I remember being excited about having a new channel--the first time it had happened in my memory. I am not sure if I watched the first "Countdown" but they showed a TV drama about a mentally-disabled man living with his mother on the first night or very shortly after. In the early days they showed colour episodes of "The Avengers" very late on Saturday nights. Unfortunately, C4 at that time didn't have enough advertisements to cover late night programmes, so "The Avengers" would have commercial breaks, but with no commercials, just music playing for a couple of minutes over a still image.

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    I remember it struggled for advertisers at first, there were test cards (or something) in place of commercials sometimes...
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    I'm too young too really remember the lauch, but I remember Countdown quite early on.

    It was good for more obscure imports, especially children's shows. I remember me & a friend getting into Lost In Space when it was shown on C4 in the later 1980s.

    An early show which raised a lot of eyebrows (but not for me at the time) was the Minipops.
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    Yes, I remember "Lost in Space" was shown on Sundays around lunchtime, and after they completed the series "Voyage to the bottom of the Sea" and "Land of the Giants" took its place.

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    Brookside inspired East Enders & Holly Oaks

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    I've seen Countdown, but not my favorite game show. Didn't know it went back to the very start of the channel!

    I remember in the '70s (and probably the '60s)... excess bits of air time was filled with 'vignettes', scenes with music dubbed over top. A really early one that is vivid for me is of windmills. I remember test cards with music as well, and the please stand by - experiencing technical difficulties bits. I thought maybe by the '80s that had finally ended. In Canada we also had a strange channel that was a camera in a studio panning back and forth over various clocks, like and oscillating fan. One 'clock' was a barometer though, but some were of the time in Ottawa and in Greenwich. I think that channel disappeared sometime when I was nine or ten.

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    I remember rushing home from school to see the launch and watching it through a snowy picture as in my area it was a couple of years before our local transmitter was switched on to broadcast channel 4.
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