Trouble with transmitters

Setting up ITV gets serious: transmitters (or the lack of them) in 1954/5/6

Studio Zero

Having decent studio space: from pride to an embarrassment in 60 years

One in the Eye for ITV

Private Eye’s Footnotes column explains what happened behind the scenes in the 1967 franchise round

Three giants

Leslie Mitchell, John Benson and Redvers Kyle

Coz I eats me spinach

A history of the ever-present schedule filler cartoon

Bottom line

The huge profits of ITV weren’t a myth – but they also weren’t true for everyone.

Trade test travelogue

A tour around the bits in between the testcards


You don’t get me, I’m part of the union

Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1969

What was on BBC television on Saturday 22 March 1969

Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1950

What was on BBCtv on Friday 17 March 1950

Tonight’s ATV… in 1972

What was on ATV in the midlands on Wednesday 23 February 1972

Tonight’s BBC Television Service… in 1938

What was on the BBC Television Service on 7-12 February 1938

Jackie Trent 1940-2015

Songwriter and singer Jackie Trent has died

Central Appreciation Day

Did you enjoy the eclipse? Why not enjoy some more?

Shaw Taylor 1924-2015

Shaw Taylor has died

Necrolog 2014

A tribute to those we have loved and lost in 2014