Tonight’s Yorkshire TV… in 1979 

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The TVTimes tells us what was on YTV on Tuesday 15 March 1979. Things worth noting include:

  • The Cedar Tree from ATV Elstree at 12.30pm was unaccountably popular during its 1976-1979 run, despite the terrible, terrible acting – even from Joyce Carey, camping it up as Lady Bourne – and the eightpence ATV spent on its set
  • Crown Court at 1.30pm came in at about the same price, but thanks to using largely unknown actors most of the time – Patricia Hayes here is an exception – got more bang for its buck
  • Anglia take Southern’s Houseparty at 2pm, while YTV’s other neighbouring regions are happier to stick with Thames’s After Noon
  • Betty Foster continues her 10-week dressmaking course and there will be details of a practical subject, too. Ooh, burn
  • The start of a repeat, daytime, showing for the 1977 serial This Year Next Year. It’s a Granada production, set in the Yorkshire Dales because ner-ner, starring Ronald Hines, whose name you won’t know but whose face you would instantly recognise from almost everything ever
  • ATV drops This Year Next Year in favour of 1962’s ABPC vehicle for David Niven Guns of Darkness in glorious black and white
  • Yorkshire’s unending fascination with the word “Calendar” continues with a local chatshow at 3.20pm with the word hammered into its name. Other variants over the years included parliamentary programme Calendar Lobby, quiz show Calendar Countdown (no, really) and fashion show Calendar Catwalk (honestly, I promise you)
  • 3.50pm sees Grampian’s The Entertainers, the description of which I can only read as “Today’s guest is one of the few British songwriters who is willing to come all the way up to bloody Aberdeen to appear on telly”
  • Emmerdale Farm had been moved to 7pm by most regions last year. Here Anglia (replacing it with Survival) and Granada (replacing it with University Challenge) are timeshifting it a bit earlier – 5.15pm on Anglia and 6.30pm on Granada – meaning those regions get to see the episode before viewers in maker Yorkshire Television’s region do
  • A comparatively rare Tuesday outing for LWT at 5.15pm
  • David Frost’s Global Village was a monthly interview programme with the USP that the audience were in Leeds but the interviewee – and sometimes Frost himself – were only present by satellite. Although, strictly speaking, it’s more likely they were connected by undersea cable, which then as now is generally cheaper for distributing pre-booked studio pictures
  • The day finishes with adult education and Maggie Hanley sending us off to bed depressed about broken marriages, or worse, people staying together for the sake of the children

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4 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 16 March 2017 at 11:19 am

There were actually two ITV comedies in the 70’s called “How’s Your Father?”. The earlier version, by Granada, was a generation gap sitcom starring Michael Robbins from “On The Buses”.

The later Yorkshire comedy starred Harry Worth as a middle-aged (according to Wikipedia) widower struggling with his teenage children. Middle-aged must have meant something different then, as Harry was 62 when this was transmitted.

I’d never heard of the two-series, 20-edition “Pop Gospel” before. Not sure how it would go down with the kids in the ‘hood scheduled at this slot. Surely it would have been better suited to starting the religious programming late Sunday afternoon?

Paul Mason 20 March 2017 at 3:56 pm

Pop Gospel on a Tuesday?Religious stuff did creep into some kids shows though.
Peter Skellern, who had his 15 minutes of fame in the 1970s with You’re A Lady with brass band backing , sadly died recently of cancer.

Paul Mason 20 March 2017 at 4:00 pm

I forgot to mention that Magpie was on its last trio of presenters. It finished in summer 1980 after twelve years, so Blue Peter, which is as old as me, won that battle!

George H 11 October 2017 at 6:47 pm

The late Mark Farmer makes one of his schoolboy appearances in Crown Court, as seen around ten years ago on Legal TV. Farmer’s character was seen in denim jacket giving evidence and using language that was so close to being censored for daytime television.

I remember the following line that was used in that episode (or during one of those episodes that week):

BARRISTER: “Are you with us, Lad?”
FARMER’S CHARACTER: “No, I’m with the Woolwich”.

Brilliant use of what is almost a forgotten advertising slogan these days. Very nostalgic.

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