Tonight’s ATV Midlands… in 1965 

29 October 2014 tbs.pm/5550

ATV Midlands smaller redraw 1965From TVWorld magazine for Friday 29 October 1965 comes this run down of what you could be watching on ATV Midlands. Things worth noting:

  • The Rediffusion-owned TVTimes had provided the listing magazine for the midlands from 1956 until 1964. In 1964, ATV and ABC took away the TVTimes contracts, formed a joint company – Aston Publications Limited – and started TVWorld instead
  • The magazine, like Aston Publications, is exactly 50-50 ATV and ABC – with a second cover in the middle, allowing you to fold the magazine over to create an ATV-only edition on Monday
  • Note the gaps between schools programmes. A short gap gets an “interval”, a longer one gets a “close-down”. The closedowns were the full formal things, leading to a formal opening sequence. So you could hear Sound and Vision by Eric Coates and see the formal startup of ATV three times today
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood was quite venerable by this time, having started with ITV in 1955. The 143 episodes are on their third go-round on ATV
  • The Midlands News at 6.05pm, usually presented by Patricia Cox, is separate from the magazine programme ATV Today at 6.15pm
  • At 7.30pm it’s Emergency – Ward 10. That’s not “Emergency Ward – 10” as it is sometimes, bizarrely, said
  • The Big Valley was a western series from the US ABC. It ran for 112 episodes across 4 seasons, but rarely troubled the Neilsen ratings
  • Dateline, at the curiously specific time of 11.39pm, was later combined with Roving Report to form the ITN News at Ten
  • The Epilogue ran 7 days a week on ATV and ABC in the midlands and was credited on screen as an Alpha Television production

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4 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 29 October 2014 at 9:23 pm

Interesting to see that “Personal Appearance” at 11.50 p.m. is important enough to get its own review in the Show Time section but its duration/ end time isn’t mentioned. A show bringing personalities of the Midlands to the people of the Midlands (I suppose a sort of precursor to Border’s “Look Who’s Talking”), it made me check Tony Hancock’s details – I didn’t realise he was from South Birmingham.

Ben Grabham 19 November 2014 at 12:46 pm

Fascinating to see how little Boots branding has changed over the years – although some of the fonts scream 1960s!

Alan Keeling 28 November 2014 at 8:57 pm

In 1965, the Robin Hood series was 10 years old, ATV in the Midlands finally screened the final season in 1968/69.

Alan Keeling 16 February 2016 at 9:37 am

One of ATV’s bad habits in its TV World (later TV a Times) programme schedules was the listing of the final programme of the evening schedules, there were no ending times stated, e.g. 11.10 Espionage, followed by weather forecast & closedown.

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