Articles by Russ J Graham

ITV 1955: The view from America

Published 22 September 2016

How the Daytona Beach Morning Journal reacted to the birth of ITV

Tonight’s BBC radio… in 1939

Published 14 September 2016

A look at what was on the Home Service on Thursday 14 September 1939

Welcome to Didsbury

Published 12 August 2016

British Pathé captures ABC’s first moments in Didsbury

✎ Granada TV, Manchester 3

Published 8 August 2016

A new microsite looking at Quay Street in 1966

Opportunity Knocks: Goodbye to Didsbury

Published 30 July 2016

Transdiffusion’s newest televault site has a wonderful exclusive to share with you…

✎ Sylvia Peters 1925-2016

Published 28 July 2016

The Times newspaper today reports the death of Sylvia Peters, the BBC’s chief female announcer in the 1940s and 50s.

Tonight’s LWT and Channel 4… in 1990

Published 30 June 2016

A look at what was on LWT and C4 on Saturday 30 June 1990

✎ World population explosion

Published 18 June 2016

Some really good news in amongst this week’s misery.

✎ A word on Harlech notepaper

Published 18 May 2016

A short videoblog about Harlech Television’s notepaper in 1969

Tonight’s ABC Midlands… in 1956

Published 13 May 2016

A look at what was on ABC in the midlands on Sunday 13 May 1956

Tonight’s Thames, Southern, Anglia, Westward and Harlech… in 1969

Published 28 April 2016

A printers’ strike gives us the opportunity of comparing what was on ITV on Monday 28 April 1969

✎ Grampian mystery

Published 24 April 2016

Found on the end of a reel-to-reel tape…

✎ Victoria Wood 1953-2016

Published 20 April 2016

The singer-actor-comedian-writer-producer has died aged 62

Tonight’s Tyne Tees… in 1984

Published 16 April 2016

A look at what was on Tyne Tees Television on Monday 16 April 1984

✎ Fountaineer

Published 12 April 2016

A new minisite from Transdiffusion devoted to the soon-to-be-gone Wembley studios.

✎ #EverettDay

Published 3 April 2016

We just found something good deep in our archive.

From Aston to Paradise

Published 29 March 2016

The handover from the Alpha Studios in Aston to the new Paradise Centre in Birmingham in 1969

✎ Cliff Michelmore 1919-2016

Published 17 March 2016

Broadcasting pioneer Cliff Michelmore has died at the age of 96

✎ Sylvia Anderson 1927-2016

Published 16 March 2016

Remembering Sylvia Anderson, co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of many of the nation’s favourite children’s adventure shows.

✎ Asa Briggs 1921-2016

Published 15 March 2016

Goodbye to one of our greatest media historians

Tonight’s LWT… in 1981

Published 14 March 2016

A look at what was on LWT on Saturday 14 March 1981

This week’s BBCtv… in 1950

Published 12 March 2016

A look at what was on the BBC Television Service in the week of Sunday 12 March 1950

Tonight’s HTV… in 1989

Published 27 February 2016

A look at what was on HTV on Monday 27 February 1989

✎ Dancing around the maypole

Published 24 February 2016

Kennedy vs Nixon and history vs understanding

Tonight’s BBC radio… in 1938

Published 7 February 2016

A look at what was on the BBC’s radio networks on Monday 7 February 1938


Published 6 February 2016

A new charity anthology of writing about The Avengers is released today

We broke the code

Published 2 February 2016

I think we now know ‘what’, but not ‘why’

Tonight’s TVS… in 1984

Published 28 January 2016

A look at what was on Television South on Saturday 28 January 1984

Less is more

Published 21 January 2016

Broadcast and basic cable in the US decides how to fight back against Netflix

33 years ago this morning

Published 17 January 2016

BBC Breakfast Time launches

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men

Published 11 January 2016

The late David Bowie makes an early appearance on ‘Tonight’ in 1964

Teletext time travel

Published 7 January 2016

Bringing old teletext pages on VHS back to life

Lego Television Centre

Published 4 January 2016

A TV studio made out of Lego and awesome


Published 3 January 2016

Recreating the pre-history of TVS

We’re riding in a wonderland of snow

Published 21 December 2015

The latest slow TV production from BBC Four

Quatermass and the pits

Published 20 December 2015

When is a live show not a live show?

Sinong Doktor

Published 18 December 2015

A man’s lonely crusade to save humanity from possible outer space attacks by Donald Sutherland

Population 51,201

Published 18 December 2015

Showtime trails the 2017 return of the 1990 cult classic ‘Twin Peaks’


Published 18 December 2015

Coming from Network Distribution in 2016…

Firing on all cylinders

Published 17 December 2015

An open online archive of digitised wax cylinders from the dawn of the 20th century

Behind the scenes at ‘Dangermouse’

Published 16 December 2015

A quick glimpse behind the scenes of the original Cosgrove-Hall ‘Dangermouse’.

Kathy Secker has died

Published 16 December 2015

TTT chief announcer dies at home

Best possible taste

Published 15 December 2015

BBC-4’s biopic gets a repeat showing

Tonight’s Anglia… in 1980

Published 5 December 2015

A look at what was on Anglia on Friday 5 December 1980

Celebrating Redvers

Published 4 December 2015

A report from the funeral of Redvers Kyle

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