Features

ACTT members visit East Germany

Four members of the ACTT union go on a trip to East Germany in 1960 and like what they find

Hurricane Lew

A satirical profile of Sir Lew Grade from Barry Took in Punch magazine in 1972

It’s Crossroads’ 3,000th Birthday

The TVTimes celebrates 3,000 years of ‘Crossroads’ in 1978 in a – frankly bonkers and baffling – celebratory article ‘written’ by ‘Meg Mortimer’

Newsletter – 29 January 1971

The goings on inside Thames in January 1971

‘ITV was the start of the Coca-colonisation of Britain’

In 1980, Jack Tinker, theatre critic of the Daily Mail, turns his unsympathetic eye to the launch of ITV in 1955

Receiving the Home, Light and Third

Hints on receiving the Home Service, Light and Third Programmes from BBC Engineering in 1951

Far from routine

A random day at Thames in 1970… planned to the very second

Keeping them Wide Awake

Inside TV-am’s popular children’s magazine show, the Wide Awake Club, in 1988

Broadcasting in the West

It’s 1949 and regional radio from the BBC Home Service is at its height. Our new special site reprints a BBC West of England booklet going behind the scenes of radio in the west and south west

Tempo: the impact of television on the arts

Angus Wilson reviews the contribution made to the arts by ABC Weekend TV’s ‘Tempo’ in 1964

This is Thames

A 1979 promotional leaflet gives us a glimpse inside Thames Television’s plans for the 1980s

Toddlers and the £750,000 Question

Lord Hill of Luton on ending the Toddlers’ Truce and handing £750,000 to ITV

Your own radio station

BBC Local Radio is coming: what’s in it for you?

Birth of a Name

A 1952 discussion of where and when the word “television” was coined

Here is the news… costing one million dollars

ITN’s News Editor Mark Andrews is shocked by Barbara Walters in 1976

Tonight’s ABC Weekend TV… in 1964

A look at what was on ABC Weekend TV in the North on Saturday 31 October 1964

Tonight’s BBC-1… in 1965

A look at what was on BBC-1 in the North on Sunday 24 October 1965

Tonight’s ITV… in 1974

A look at what was on across ITV on Friday 11 October 1974

This week’s ITV children’s programmes… in 1974

A look at what was on ITV for children this week in 1974

Tonight’s ABC Midlands… in 1964

A look at what was on in the Midlands on Saturday 26 September 1964

Tonight’s Anglia TV… in 1971

A look at what was on in the east of England on Sunday 19 September 1971

Freddie Phillips

You know him from Trumpton and Camberwick Green. We know him from his 8 daily start-up pieces for BBC-1 (two on Sundays) in use 1964-7. Have a listen to them on our SoundCloud channel

Television starts the day

Listen to Television start the day each day on Transdiffusion’s free SoundCloud playlist

► Quick march

On retransmission stations of the internet, this is the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System

Get Zzzapped!

A new website goes in depth into the 1990s television comic ‘Zzzap!’

I shall say goodnight till it be morrow

The end came for the BBC Two 2s last night

Shaun O’Riordan 1927-2018

One of the longest-serving ATV directors has died