Features

A year of colour

David Attenborough looks back at a year of BBC-2 in colour

Shaw Taylor

Meet ATV’s Shaw Taylor, former actor, continuity announcer and now host of ‘Pencil and Paper’ in 1962

What do women want from TV?

In a wrenching break with the established order of things, the TVTimes in 1956 asks what women really want from television. Don’t worry, though: nobody listened

Czechoslovakia – a distraction?

Did the BBC’s External Services help, hinder or just inform the revolution in Prague in 1968?

Pirate radios: the storm is about to break

It’s 1966 and the net is drawing in on the off-shore radio stations around Britain…

Oracle – Broadcasting the Written Word

The IBA introduces its experimental ‘Oracle’ service in the early 1970s

The BBC since 1958

Sir Hugh Carleton Greene’s valedictory message to the BBC and the audience after he was pushed out as Director-General in late 1968

A Solid Step Forward

A look at how IBA transmitters were going solid-state in 1975

The Elstree epic

The TVTimes in 1967 looks back over 40 years of the Elstree studios

REDIFFUSION64

A special feature website on the relaunch of Rediffusion London in April 1964

Independent Television in 1959

Our new microsite takes a snapshot of ITV as it stood in the middle of 1959

Peyton Place… 76 acres of real life

An in-depth look at the people behind the scenes at hit soap opera Peyton Place in 1967

Australian view: Pioneer ITV stops the traffic

Television, in the shape of TCN 9 in Sydney, comes to Australia. The TVTimes in 1956 celebrates

Where is TV’s ‘Nouvelle vague’?

Can Associated-Rediffusion do television plays for television? Nobody else seems to be doing so, writes Peter Graham Scott in 1961

Meet Horace Low…

Introducing Horace Low, technical store keeper at Alpha Studios in Birmingham in 1965

Tonight’s BBCtv… and S4C… in 1986

A look at what was on BBC Television and S4C on Friday 25 April 1986

Tonight’s Anglia TV… in 1974

A look at what was on Anglia Television on Thursday 18 April 1974

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1960

A look at what was on Granada in the North on Monday 11 April 1960

Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1969

A look at what was on BBC-1 and BBC-2 on Thursday 18 April 1974

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1960

A look at what was on Granada in the North on Monday 27 March 1960

Tonight’s TVS… in 1984

A look at what was on TVS in the south and south-east on Wednesday 21 March 1984

► Quick march

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

► Twist and shouting

On 22 September 1975, Eamonn Andrews on the Thames ‘Today’ programme hosts a bad-tempered debate about ITV

► Goodbye to the Light Programme

Music Through Midnight with David Hamilton sees the BBC Light Programme off into history

✎ Made in Yorkshire

A Kickstarter campaign is launched to fund a documentary about YTV

✎ Sir Ken Dodd 1927-2018

Looking back at the life of Liverpool funnyman Ken Dodd

✎ Sit down, Nigel Barton

Dirty Feed has a great examination of the changes between the script and the production of 1965 Dennis Potter’s ‘Stand Up, Nigel Barton’ play