Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1966 

16 November 2014

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Granada in the North caption 1965From the TVTimes for Wednesday 16 November 1966 comes this run down of what you could be watching on Granada. Things worth noting:

  • The “Independent Television Presentation” of the wrestling at 11.20pm is actually an ABC production, but paid for by Rediffusion
  • The local news magazine, Scene, is at 10.40pm – part of a two-year experiment that saw it moved there. Local news headlines also popped up between programmes with the continuity as part of “Granada in the North”. There was also a news round-up at 6.55pm, unadvertised here
  • In amongst the schools programming is The Biggest Buy, clearly more adult education than school-aged programming
  • A Tale of Two Streets at 9.40pm is from ATV Pathfinder, an attempt by Lew Grade to repeat the export success of ITC with factual programming

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Arthur Nibble 16 November 2014 at 2:37 pm

Plenty of home-grown fayre on Granada this day, accentuated by Granada’s credits shown after their programmes in bold upper case, as opposed to the ordinary lower case with capitals used for other ITV companies’ efforts. Were there any other Travelling Eye Presentations apart from “Zoo Time”?

Oh, and a very polite ‘Goodnight’ at midnight.

Dave Rhodes 16 November 2014 at 6:17 pm

Excellent analysis, Jessica.

Some familiar names involved with the educational programmes – including Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall, later of Cosgrove-Hall Productions (Dangermouse, Chorlton etc); and Jack Smith,who went on to produce/narrate Experiment and A Place To Live.

Jim Allen, writing that night’s Coronation Street, became a fashionable, really quite far-left (even for the time) playwright in the seventies.

ATV Pathfinder’s a new one on me – thanks for the insight, Jessica. The idea sounds somewhat similar to Robert Kee and Ludovic Kennedy’s Television Reporters International, a few years before.

Extraordinary to see the daily magazine shifted to late night. Studying the schedules in the early-to-mid 70s, Granada still weren’t completely sold on a half hour of regional news, and often offered a short bulletin coupled with a regional feature programme.

Kif Bowden-Smith 16 November 2014 at 7:42 pm

@Arthur: Yes! Other Granada Travelling Eye productions included all their sports events and their non-news special events, plus concerts and street views – their mauve-painted Outside Broadcast fleet was always always credited specially, using the Travelling Eye moniker.

Christian Bews 16 November 2014 at 8:06 pm

if Granada wanted to put their local news magazine late at night but not early,UTV & STV still show the news early,but they have local news magazines late at night after news at ten at the moment,but it’s from a different point of view.clashing with newsnight,STV’s Scotland Tonight has a political feel to it,it’s on every night except Fridays.

Kif Bowden-Smith 26 November 2014 at 4:22 pm

Note that the Granada productions have each got the company credit at the foot of each entry in Granada’s own “house typeface”. This was the only regional edition of the TV Times to do this and Granada the only ITV company to insist on it. A clever assertion of corporate identity, made easier by Granada’s unique choice of corporate font: “Keystone Bold Italic”, later known as “Stymie”. This was for their five day, pan north contract of 1956-68. They changed to a variant of “Clarendon” after 1968…

Pete Singleton B.E.M. 8 February 2015 at 12:59 am

Tivvy… the ‘gonk’ – full name ‘Tivvy Times’. I was a member of the Tivvy Club, rather embarrassingly, as I was 15 in 1966 although presumably I was a little younger when I joined.

If memory serves, the late Jimmy Hanley was behind this secret society.

Somewhere in a box, I still have my membership card with a secret code known only to members…

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