Tonight’s TV… in 1966 

23 June 2015

19660623 - Daily Mirror - tv and radio listingsTonight GRANADA 1966The Daily Mirror gives us a run down of the programmes for Thursday 23 June 1966. Things worth noting include:

  • The unwillingness to use either Granada or ATV’s names.
  • Schools seem to still be sitting in the Midlands but have risen in the North and Wales.
  • Wimbledon coverage on all three channels.
  • Listings for both Radio Caroline North and Radio Luxembourg.
  • Note how Caroline cuts to paid religious programming at 7.55pm, getting out of Luxembourg’s way for the start of their music programmes. The off-shore stations were usually keen to not compete with Luxembourg and you can see that in action here.
  • The amount of Welsh-language programmes in peaktime on Teledu Cymru.
  • The regionalised Home Service, with the Mirror noting where the Ulster service drifts away from the Northern service – people in the North West of England (where this edition is aimed) could chose between the two regions with very strong signals for both on mediumwave.
  • The Mirror’s – or more precisely Ken Eastaugh’s – dislike of that awful reactionary Mary Whitehouse shows through in his review of last night’s television.

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3 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 23 June 2015 at 1:51 pm

Interesting to see that, as well as being partly networked (not shown in TWW / Teledu Cymru this evening), Anglia’s rural soap “Weavers Green” was also five minutes shorter in the ‘Northern’ area – unless the other regions had longer advert breaks?

Love the fact the Ulster area received Fat Stock Prices instead of the weather at 6.55 a.m. on the Home Service.

And a polite goodnight from Border at 11.47.

jazzy_andy 11 May 2017 at 2:55 pm

Re the reluctance to name Granada and ATV – in those days both regions had different contractors for weekdays and the weekends, so listing them as Northern and Midlands ITV made things simpler for the viewer/reader.

Surely the most notable thing here is that ITV was showing Wimbledon as well as the BBC! Who knew…

jazzy_andy 11 May 2017 at 2:56 pm

PS How do I change my emoticon to a smiley?

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