Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1969 

1 October 2014 tbs.pm/5422

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Granada time tunnelFrom the TVTimes for Wednesday 1 October 1969 comes this run down of what you could be watching on Granada. Things worth noting:

  • The TVTimes was going through a habit of listing the programmes in brief in one column and picking out some, but not all, to give details for in the main text. Its odd
  • There was nowhere in the Granada region you could get the Harlech General Service; but the TVTimes always showed Harlech Wales as a variant on the General (outside of Wales) so lazily just copied-and-pasted the regional entry across
  • The strange allergy to using “ATV” as a name that many papers had appears here too: the region is named as “Midland”
  • An hour and a half of Labour Party conference at 9.30am. Border moves this to 2.55pm and cuts it to 40 minutes. Harlech General Service cuts it to an hour from 10am, while Harlech Wales gives it an hour and 15 minutes from 9.45am. ATV appears to give it two bites of the cherry
  • Of all the programmes TVTimes could pull out from the daytime list, it goes with The Beverly Hillbillies. Go figure
  • Freed from being reserved to weekends in the North by ABC, The Avengers makes its way on to weekdays and Granada at last with a repeat of 1965’s “Castle De’ath”
  • Association Football, in case you were planning to mistake it for Rugby Football
  • What the Papers Say is here shortened to The Papers. That didn’t last

You Say

4 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 1 October 2014 at 8:12 pm

A sports obsessed reply coming up.

The football match critique starts with a complaint that teams’ shirt numbers don’t represent the players’ positions any more – and this at a time when substitutes (one per team, mind) had only been introduced four years earlier. What would the critic make of today’s squad numbers?

Sticking with football, any idea why the episode of “Coronation Street” was billed as “Not exactly the World Cup Final”?

Finally, nice to see a healthy slice of wrestling just before you go to bed but, as it’s a midweek showing, we wouldn’t get Kent’s usual Saturday closing gambit “Have a good week till next week”.

Terry Christie 6 October 2014 at 6:22 pm

Wednesday October 1st 1969 when Granada Television Programmes including The Avengers,Special Branch,Coronation Street,The Doris Day Show,The Beverley Hillbillies,Association Football & Professional Wrestling with The Famous Voice of The late Kent Walton with the great wrestlers such as Jackie Pallo,Mick McManus,Les Kellett,Steve Logan,George Kidd,Brian Maxine,Big Bruno,Johnny Kwango,Mike Marino,Kendo Nagasaki,Steve Veidor,Gwyn Davies,Jim Breaks,
Johnny Saint,Sid Cooper & Alan Dennison are The Great icons of World of Sport on Saturday Afternoons & The Wednesday Evenings as well on ITV Sport and Kent always saying so have a good week till next week of see you Saturday.

The Great Times of ITV Granada Television 1969.

Terry Christie,from Sunderland,Tyne & Wear.

Alan Keeling 16 February 2016 at 9:49 am

Listed at 4.25 pm is a series called The Short Story, which is, in fact an umbrella title to 1950s repeats of Douglas Fairbanks Presents, Mark Saber & Sailor of Fortune.

Rob Fearn 22 June 2017 at 6:30 pm

The Yorkshire TV Times listed Granada’s variations; but why not vice versa? How bizarre can you get?!

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