Tonight’s ATV… in 1972 

23 February 2015 tbs.pm/6115

TVTimes Wednesday 23 February 1972

From the TVTimes for Wednesday 23 February 1972 comes this run down of what you could be watching on ATV. Things worth noting:

  • Yoga for Health was passed off as adult education by ATV. It was also a monochrome hold-out, remaining in black and white until 1972 and thus gaining the black and white version of the “Zoom 2” ATV ident
  • Victor Pemberton’s Tightrope was amazingly violent for a programme ostensibly aimed at a younger audience – certainly containing more dramatic fight scenes than we would allow at 5.20pm nowadays
  • Eamonn Andrews’ victim this week would be actor Tom Courtenay
  • The British Screen Awards of the Society of Film and Television Arts would nowadays be better known as the BAFTAs.

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8 responses to this article

steve brown 23 February 2015 at 4:35 pm

john savident went on to play fred Elliott in coronation street,and also on this date,we were suffering power cuts,due to the miners strike

Ant Harrison 23 February 2015 at 5:11 pm

Was the British Screen Awards actually produced by Thames for the Network? It says Independent Television Production, but wasn’t Philip Jones head of light entertainment at Thames?

Arthur Nibble 28 February 2015 at 10:53 pm

A case here of a programme denied full network status. All the other seven regions listed show “Get This” – exclamation mark optional – at 4.55, but ATV snubs it and brings you Skippy instead. “Get This” was a humorous and informative children’s show made (I think) by Southern and presented by Harry Fowler and Kenny Lynch.

Dave Rhodes 28 July 2015 at 11:54 am

It’s one-time BBC in-vision announcer Mary Malcolm on Thames’ Enchanted House at 4.40. As Ant observes, the ‘Independent Television Production’ credit is an odd one – remember seeing it on beauty contests and similar OBs. Did this imply Thames/LWT pooling resources I wonder? Odd, given the enmity between them.

Bruce McCready 3 November 2015 at 5:05 pm

If “Yoga for Health” is a “black and white holdout”, why is it starred as colour in the “at a glance” section?

Russ J Graham 3 November 2015 at 5:22 pm

Where does it say “is”? From here it seems to say “was”, as in “[i]t was also a monochrome hold-out, remaining in black and white until 1972“.

Alan Keeling 25 April 2016 at 11:47 pm

The only US show of that particular day was “The Ghost & Mrs Muir at 4.10. This gentle 1967 sitcom starred one time Brit actor, Edward Mulhare as the ghost of a former sea captain who lovingly haunts Caroline Muir, played by Hope Lange.

Arthur Nibble 28 February 2017 at 2:15 pm

Benny Hill’s “Chinese gentleman” character was called Chow Mein.

I know it was from the county in question, but interesting to see the wrestling provided by Yorkshire instead of Independent Television.

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