Let’s go Nationwide! 

4 June 2012 tbs.pm/1298

You may be aware that we’re starting to publish some of our archive via our YouTube channel. But we’re not the only creamy goodness to be found there. Even if you allow for the crimes against nature committed by Cwilliams1976 over on YouTube, there’s no end of lovely stuff appearing.

Take this, spotted by Ian Jones over on Twitter: the last Nationwide, attempting to celebrate their (actually very good) contribution to news and current affairs in the UK but ultimately admitting that their reputation for sub-That’s Life! nonsense had ruined them as the 1980s hardened our collective attitude to what “news” meant.

I hope they got a vicarious thrill from the abomination that was Sixty Minutes, their successor programme and a blot on the 1980s landscape to this day.

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4 responses to this article

Carl Gidds 4 June 2012 at 6:54 pm

Glyn Worsnip was a sad loss to broadcasting, succumbing to multiple system atrophy, a terrible disease, in 1996.

Nigel Stapley 5 June 2012 at 12:18 am

In his book “Talking Of Wales”, the Times journalist Trevor Fishlock claims that, when ‘Nationwide’ was first mooted, the Controller of BBC Wales said that he would refuse to broadcast it, as it seemed to imply that Britain was a nation but Wales *wasn’t*. He was, of course, over-ruled from the Centre and so people in Penge, Polloksheilds and Portrush weren’t denied the occasional glimpse of John Darran, David Parry-Jones and Noreen Bray.

Duncan Hill 8 June 2012 at 6:57 pm

The hand-drawn titles and dramatic theme tune to Sixty Minutes were actually quite impressive though.

Boggenstrovia 11 June 2012 at 12:19 am

Its interesting, the noises ITV are making about their national and local news. The alleged new format does seem like Nationwide, national news for ten minutes then back to regions for ten and finally back nationally.

All of this from Peter Fincham, who helped launch The One Show on BBC. A successor to Nationwide in itself, coincidence?

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