Tonight’s ATV Midlands… in 1965 

29 October 2014

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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