Tonight’s ITV… in 1974 

10 October 2015


The TVTimes gives us a run down of the programmes for Thursday 10 October 1974. Things worth noting include:

  • The TVTimes printing plant in Liverpool is on strike, so the magazine has condensed down into one national edition with Thames in big print and everywhere else in smaller type below.
  • The TVTimes remains reluctant to acknowledge ATV’s name, sticking with “Midland”, and has also developed an allergy to Scottish Television, who become “Scotland”. HTV still manages a namecheck, albeit as “Wales & West/HTV”.
  • No matter how familiar you are with the ITV network, it always, always looks like there’s a company missing. There isn’t (TVTimes didn’t cover Channel Television).
  • The regional start-ups vary immensely. Grampian and Granada start at 9.30am. TTT comes on at 9.55am. Thames, Southern and Ulster are on at 10am. Anglia arrives at 10.05am, followed by ATV and Westward at 10.20am. Border comes on at 10.45am, Yorkshire at 10.50 and HTV at 11.10am. But the prize for tardiest arrival goes to STV, coming on at noon.
  • Grampian appears to have a news magazine at 9.30 – Breakfast Roundup. Most interesting. I think the 10am edition if The Nation Decides afterwards is a typesetting error.
  • ATV’s Crossroads is on at 6.35pm on Thames, Anglia, Border, ATV, Tyne Tees, Ulster, Westward and Yorkshire. It appears at 5.35pm on STV and Southern, 5.25pm on HTV, a disdainful 3.55 on Granada (where the description suggests it’s not even the same episode as the rest) and not at all on Grampian.
  • Ulster has a black and white film in primetime: Nothing Barred, a creaking 1961 Brian Rix farce, at 7.15pm. Border’s film, 1953’s The Nebraskan, is even older, but at least it’s in Technicolour, as is ATV’s 1951 film, Ten Tall Men, HTV’s 1954 western Destry and Westward’s 1950 comedy A Ticket to Tomahawk.
  • The election programme starts when the polls close at 10pm, with introductions and the exit polls and the like. Then, knowing nothing starts happening until much nearer 11pm, ITV slips in an edition of This is Your Life.
  • The feature pages of the TVTimes, below, allow Anthony Lejeune to speculate on whether there will be another hung parliament, and if so, whether voting will be abolished outright. This notion was as ludicrous then as it is now.

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5 responses to this article

Victor Field 10 October 2015 at 1:13 pm

Channel published their own edition, so maybe the powers that be felt it wasn’t necessary to include them. Either that or they figured since Channel basically shared Westward…

Russ J Graham 10 October 2015 at 6:38 pm

It’s more than that: since Channel had its own listings magazine, the TVTimes didn’t have the rights to print their listings! It would’ve been a breach of copyright for them to do so. And while Channel took everything networked and part-networked that Westward took, they still ran a lot of film items (like ITC programmes) off locally.

Arthur Nibble 11 October 2015 at 8:23 pm

Interesting to see the sporadic children’s television schedules, in respect of which stations showed “Time Tunnel”, or “45”, or both or, in the case of ‘Scotland’, neither.

mark 5 October 2018 at 10:22 am

crossroads had been ignored by Granada until 1972 .they screened 1970-72 episodes under orders from the IBA
in the afternoons replacing Peyton Place and only caught up in 1975.

Dr Russ J Graham 6 October 2018 at 5:45 pm

I’d love to know your source for the IBA ordering Granada to show Crossroads, given that they never used their notional powers to force a company to show something it didn’t want to (other than requiring a certain number of peaktime network slots for Yorkshire Television productions) and spent the entire existence of the soap telling ATV and Central how much they disliked it and repeatedly requiring budget increases and cuts in the number of episodes per week in order to improve its quality.

Let me know!

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