Tonight’s ATV… in 1972 

6 July 2015

  • ATV is vastly over the permitted 8 hours of broadcasting – getting away with it by the Royal Show and the racing not counting at all and the horoscope and Women Today somewhat implausibly being counted as adult education
  • The limit on broadcasting hours would be dropped entirely by the government in November, only to be brought back (temporarily, but with vengeance) in 1973 as Ted Heath’s grip on the economy and society faltered
  • Family Affair at 4.10 is a vehicle for Sebastian Cabot, a British actor who made his name in the United States playing a series of sub-James Robertson Justice parts
  • Looking at the regional variations, Thames drifts most from ATV’s schedule, although most of the regions mentioned go their own way even in peak.
  • Speaking of which, where is Thames’s local news? Rested for the summer?
  • Rogues’ Regiment is a creaking 1948 black-and-white war film
  • Anglia replaces it with Little Red Monkey, a 1955 Anglo-Amalgamated spy flick; HTV goes for 1962 all-star romp Tiara Tahiti; Thames wheels out the 1958 Buster Crabb biopic The Silent Enemy; Southern has the over-emotional 1957 film noir The Midnight Story; and YTV has the 1964 CinemaScope extravaganza Man in the Middle
  • Granada, meanwhile, appears to be passing off an episode of McCloud as the Thursday night movie. This, of course, runs short in the slot provided, so they pad the 10 minutes until Nearest and Dearest with cartoons
  • After Nearest and Dearest we go upmarket for a bit, with This Week, News at Ten and Cinema all drawing ABC1 audiences for grateful advertisers
  • And at 11pm we’re back down to earth for CBS’s David Janssen one-season wonder O’Hara, US Treasury, then we go off for the night with B-movie favourite Sam Kydd reading a bible story

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7 responses to this article

Boggenstrovia 6 July 2015 at 2:45 pm

Also you might like to note, the Programme Organiser on ‘How!’ Is Kevin Goldstein-Jackson, of course to be involved with TSW when they took over from Westward.

Victor Field 7 July 2015 at 7:57 am

I didn’t know “The Ugliest Girl In Town” (over on Yorkshire) had been shown in the UK. It must not have been screened in London (even though it was filmed and set there).

Arthur Nibble 7 July 2015 at 9:06 pm

“The Ugliest Girl In Town” isn’t mentioned in my old copy of the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy, which suggests it was never shown in the London area (“My Mother The Car” isn’t listed either, I assume for the same reason). It was indeed filmed in London and at Shepperton Studios but made by Screen Gems for ABC in the USA, and even they only showed 17 of the 20 episodes made.

I like the strip story about the reporters on the plane hi-jacking edition of “This Week” having a close call when a plane was hi-jacked while they were at the airport.

As for “How”, never mind Man….how long has Fred Dinenage been around?

Dave Rhodes 31 July 2015 at 12:28 pm

‘Resting’ the local news magazine seems to have happened more than once at Thames. Was just looking at some schedules for late July ’77 where the news was replaced by, among others, ‘Mavis’ – presumably a vehicle for the excellent Miss Nicholson, and the JICTAR record setting (ahem..) ‘A Town Called Romford’.

nhewit3221 29 September 2015 at 5:28 pm

Granada did not so much, rest the news as bury it to be exumed every time the franchise was up, Every Summer in the 70s it disappeared in favour of other local programmes including an inter town quiz which included such ‘Granada Land’ communities as Rhyl and Wrexham and as part of the perpetual war of atrition Stoke on Trent! Earlier in the Mid 60s I seem to recall Scene at 6 Thirty being displaced by an abridged 5 minute bulletin followed by either , The Beverley Hill Billies or a cartoon compilation, ‘Time for a Laugh’: goodness knows what they must of thought in Leeds when YTV Started upwith 35 minutes of News every night on Calendar

n hewit 19 January 2016 at 4:44 pm

I note that 7PM was the Sky’s the Limit from Yorkshire TV with Hughie Green, I only have vague recollections of this programme, because I only ever saw it twice on Anglia Television when visiting relations , This was yet another programme from one of the other Nework companies that Granada chose to opt out. From what I remember the programme was similar to the pre 1968 Redifusion Thursday 7PM staple, Double Your Money. The theme music was’ Double Your Money and take it away, Double your Money and take it away, Double your money: it’s Your Lucky Day’! I think from the two editions I saw on Anglia, the Skys the Limit had a similar opening tune,, which ended with,’The Sky’s the Limit: the Limits the Sky, when I watched the show it was on a Saturday evening. I seem to recall that Hughie had also taken his trusted assistant, ‘cockney sparra’: Monica Rose with him to Leeds.
As for Nearest and Dearest: least said soonest mended, between that The Dustbin Men and the Drama Shabby Tiger, they realy new how to promote the area to tourists and investment from the south! However by 1976 a Volte Face had occured at Quay St I wonder if the ITV Summer Festival which the Network used to try and retain viewers for the duration of the Olympic Games which was only being shown by BBC had something to do with it?.All the companies transmitted Network Programmes silmulataneously, and after this point Granada even showed the second series of Anglia’s comedy series, ‘Backs to the Land in the mid evening Sunday slot like the other companies! Granada’s Drama became more main stream with Series like Lawerence Olivier Presents, Hard Times, Brideshead Revisited and of course the Jewel In the Crown.9The quality of Regional programmes also by and large improved. Children’s programmes became more creative with more interaction between presenters and audience, Handfull of Songs and the educational Alphabet Zoo presented by Nery’s Hughes, programmes the older age group also became more diverse and the old AR tired format of presenter platform for pop groups , Olie Owl and Fred Barker, were swept away by productions such as the Saturday three Hour Network extravagenza, during Tiswas’s Summer Break, when Granada Hijacked the MPTE’s old Lady of the Mersey Ferry Fleet: the Royal Iris for the Mersey Pirates, a costly outside broadcast from Granada’s other large conurbation; Merseyside, three hours without a Salford Gas holder, or Bolton Cotton Mill in sight, just sun, see breeze and views of the World Heritage Three graces at Liverpool Pier Head!

Alan Keeling 30 April 2017 at 4:47 pm

Pretenders at 4.50 is an HTV filmed historical swashbuckling 13 part series with Frederick Jaeger as its main star. O Hara – United States Treasury was produced by Jack Webb’s Mark VII Productions & ran for only 22 episodes, three years before David Jannsen became Harry O.

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