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Curse of the Mummy

Published 18 September 2018

The Thames staff newsletter goes behind the scenes of an episode of ‘Mystery and Imagination’ in September 1969

So You Want to Work in Television…

Published 4 September 2018

Thames provides a quick guide to what they can do for trainees wanting to enter television in 1977

How I grew up with ITV

Published 3 September 2018

Vic Gardiner of LWT remembers the first 25 years of ITV in 1980 – and his part in the network’s development

This is Thames

Published 21 August 2018

A 1979 promotional leaflet gives us a glimpse inside Thames Television’s plans for the 1980s

Tonight’s Independent Television… in 1968

Published 8 August 2018

A look at what was on ITV in the whole country on Thursday 8 August 1968

Making children’s programmes

Published 31 July 2018

Inside ITV’s biggest children’s department in 1977

Thames on the cover of the TVTimes

Published 31 July 2018

The programming powerhouse of Thames, as seen on the covers of the TVTimes

Thames in the ITA and IBA yearbooks

Published 31 July 2018

How Thames presented itself in every ITA/IBA yearbook from 1969 until 1988

Talk of Thames

Published 30 July 2018

Celebrating 50 years of London’s Weekday ITV: Thames – a talent for television

A Closer View

Published 30 July 2018

Behind the scenes at Thames in 1982

Company on the move

Published 30 July 2018

In-depth into Thames Television in 1977

Yorkshire Television presents…

Published 29 July 2018

Programmes coming this week in July 1968 from all of the New ITV that you can see on Yorkshire

Shotgun wedding

Published 18 June 2018

Has the IBA managed to bring peace to the Westward board room? And even if so, will they force Westward to merge with a rival bidder? Peter Fiddick of The Guardian speculates in October 1980

Tonight’s Thames Television and Channel 4… in 1985

Published 12 June 2018

A look at what was on Thames in London and Channel 4 on Wednesday 12 June 1985

Losers search for the silver lining

Published 31 May 2018

What will Thames, TVS, TSW and TV-am do next? Broadcast magazine speculates in September 1992

Thames puts faith in C5

Published 14 May 2018

Thames is left as the sole bidder for the new Channel 5 licence in 1992… but investors are restless

Victorian Television

Published 10 May 2018

The Wall Street Journal looks on aghast at the 1991 ITV franchise auction

Christmas Day on Thames, LWT and Channel 4… in 1987

Published 24 December 2017

A look at what was on Thames Television, London Weekend and Channel Four on Christmas Day 1977

People behind programmes – 7

Published 19 October 2017

From 1972, Brian Tesler, Director of Programmes at Thames, takes us through his company’s achievements and plans

► Twist and shouting

Published 16 October 2017

On 22 September 1975, Eamonn Andrews on the Thames ‘Today’ programme hosts a bad-tempered debate about ITV

People behind programmes – 6

Published 12 October 2017

From 1972, Lewis Rudd, Controller of Children’s Programmes at Thames, takes us through his department’s achievements and plans

People behind programmes – 5

Published 5 October 2017

From 1972, Grahame Turner, Controller of Outside Broadcasts at Thames, takes us through his department’s achievements and plans

People behind programmes – 4

Published 28 September 2017

From 1972, Philip Jones, Controller of Light Entertainment at Thames, takes us through his department’s achievements and plans

People behind programmes – 3

Published 21 September 2017

From 1972, Guthrie Moir, Controller of Education and Religious Programmes at Thames, takes us through his department’s achievements and plans

People behind programmes – 2

Published 14 September 2017

From 1972, Jeremy Isaacs, Controller of Features at Thames, takes us through his department’s achievements and plans

People behind programmes – 1

Published 7 September 2017

From 1972, Lloyd Shirley, Controller of Drama at Thames, takes us through his department’s achievements and plans

Now for the good news – there isn’t any bad

Published 17 August 2017

Television in the People’s Republic of China in 1979

Life is what they make it…

Published 10 April 2017

Behind the scenes of This Is Your Life in 1972

Six acts that made opportunity knock

Published 27 February 2017

A look back, from 1971, at six acts discovered by Hughie Green and his team

The Director

Published 12 January 2017

Is being a TV director the job for you? The TVTimes in 1969 finds out

Face up to colour

Published 15 November 2016

The changes the make-up artists at Thames, Yorkshire and ATV had to make for the introduction of colour TV

► This summer on Thames!

Published 3 November 2016

A promo for Thames on Rediffusion

► Lunch on Thames

Published 5 September 2016

An off-air audio recording of the first half hour of Thames’s first proper programme.

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

Behind the scenes at ‘Dangermouse’

Published 16 December 2015

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

Rockalong with Thames

Published 23 November 2015

Thames swings into colour


Published 23 November 2015

It’s #ThamesDay across Transdiffusion’s social media channels

Salute to ABC

Published 19 October 2015

Thames keeps up the traditions set by ABC Television

Thames goes colour

Published 10 July 2015

A little campaign for a big change

Take that, Thames

Published 24 July 2014

LWT tries to strike back

The filth and the fury

Published 24 February 2013

The influence of punk upon television, and the influence of television upon punk

The art of the title sequence: George & Mildred

Published 23 July 2012

The twitches and turns of a comedy classic, as seen through a show’s title sequence

The strange case of HD Thames

Published 29 January 2012

BLOG: An interesting exchange on Twitter about a strange subsidiary of Thames from its post-franchise days

The Bill stops here

Published 11 October 2010

Andrew Bowden notices it’s very strange to be living in Sun Hill

Bryan Cowgill

Published 25 April 2009

Pioneer of Pioneers

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