Associated TeleVision
"ATV has grown from those early days: a fighting noisy company, they had the showmanship, the sweeping successes, the quick fire answers, and the gloss... After four years there's a tradition of quality, a feeling of bright dignity. But the gloss of ATV has been turned down to a shine."
A little background information on the infant ATV.
ATV Annual Report dated- April 30th 1960.

London schedules: October 1955, April 1956, December 1956, April 1957, December 1957, May 1958, November 1958, May 1959, July 1959, August 1959, July 1960, September 1960, March 1961, October 1961, March 1962, August 1962, February 1963, October 1963, August 1964, November 1964, July 1965, January 1966, July 1966, July 1967, October 1967, July 1968.

Midlands schedules: April 1956, March 1957, March 1958, March 1959, July 1960, June 1961, March 1962, April 1963, March 1964, May 1965, April 1968, September 1968, October 1968.
TAM ratings: July 31st 1960
A touch of the reality- an early casualty, a schedule that overran (slightly)

Some Early ATV Production Staff
Bill Ward, Reg Watson, Bill Lyon-Shaw, Brian Tesler, Francis Essex, Dicky Leeman, Albert Locke, Peter Glover, John Irwin, Colin Clews,
Dinah Thetford, Anna Lett , Antony Keary, Jack Barton, Alan Tarrant, Cecil Petty, Fred Wilby, Michael Redington, Shaun O'Riordan, James Bredin

Note: the absence of production staff in this section is only due to my lack of data/ a photo, not to any reflection of their ability. If you can add any people, please email me.

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Antony Keary (1920-1997)

A dapper man of "wit, verve, gaiety and distinction as an actor-turned-producer."
He started in tv with ATV working on their ill fated High Definition Films, producing two of the Theatre Royal Series, Death Trap and Open Wind. He also produced other plays and two children's series, including The Facts of Life, The Open Window, and I Passed By Your Window. Probably his biggest contribution was as first producer of Emergency- Ward 10.
He later produced other series such as Ghost Squad and Probation Officer, before joining Associated Rediffusion as Head of Plays, and then LWT.

He was married to writer and actress Ilona Ference (1917-1996).

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Francis Essex (1929-2009)
Perhaps the crown of his career was receiving the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1996 for Best Musical - 'Jolson'. He is rightly considered a "pioneer" in the development of the art of television.
He started his career studying music under Frieda Khuna. He then joined Eclipse Film Productions as musical director in 1948 before joining BBC TV in 1954 where he made his name as their "wonder boy", before being lured to the independent network, where he spent, off and on over 10 years at ATV. His first achievement for this company was to rejuvenate their Saturday Spectacular, one edition of which which featured Anthony Newley and Shirley Bassey and was described in these glowing terms-
"this is how variety shows should be produced. ... Essex, with some clever camera tricks, produced what I can only describe as a surrealist juggling act with medium and long shots superimposed on one another and then obtaining a black and white effect by turning one picture into negative."

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Bill Ward (1916-1999)
was once described by Lew Grade as "the only man in the country capable of directing this greatest company of actors and actresses." He was referring to Bill Ward's directing The Golden Drama in 1965 for ATV, but he also produced and directed many other shows, from The Royal Variety Performance to the first studio variety performance attended by the Queen, in 1953.
He had started working for the BBC in his native Plymouth as a trainee engineer. His break into telly came when the director of Terry-Thomas' How Do You View? was called to jury service, and Bill took over. One of his legacies, which was much maligned was his introduction of miming into live shows.
Bill worked for ATV from 1955 to 1976, directing their opening night variety show, then shows like Sunday Night at the London Palladium, eventually rising to the post of ATV executive programme controller. Comedy, he always said, was the most difficult tv to make, "it's the timing, the timing of a camera shot, a piece of business, a pause... the slightest mis-timing can turn a huge laugh into nothing."
Maybe his finest achievement was his pioneering satellite transmissions on ITV, starting with the 1964 Olympic Games coverage.

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Brian Tesler (born 1929)
One of the finest tv producers, much sought after, his show biz career started in Trieste working on a forces radio show which he produced and also appeared in. He won a scholarship to Oxford where he gained a first in English Literature, and also found time to take part in cabaret, revues and plays. He came to the notice of the BBC where Ronnie Waldman gave him his first big chance at the end of 1952. He produced numerous shows with Wilfred Pickles, Bob Monkhouse, Bernard Braden, Peter Sellers, Billy Cotton and a much acclaimed play featuring Pat Kirkwood as Vesta Tilley. In January 1957 he left for ATV where he became an outstanding producer of shows such as Saturday Spectacular. It was at this time The Stage wrote an article on him, quoting his assistant Alison Graesser of him, "Brian is a stickler for detail." The difficulties relating to one of these shows are outlined, the writer Wilfred Altman revealing, "Tesler remained outwardly calm, despite the fact that the show's script had only been completed a day earlier; despite Dickie Henderson's enforced departure... and Alma Cogan's mere fifteen minutes time for rehearsals; despite the sunstroke which struck down one of the King Brothers." He added, "I doff my new bowler to one who, unlike certain of our gifted contemporaries who create a great hullaballoo over their often mediocre achievements, produces a show which is anything but mediocre, and very little hullaballoo as a result."
Later he worked for A-R, and had executive roles with Thames and LWT.

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Michael Redington (born 1927 in Leicester)

Michael started acting professionally at the age of 14, graduating to the Old Vic Company, touring America and Australia. In the early 1950's he appeared in some BBC television plays.
He joined the newly formed ATV as a producer, his first assignment the 1955 Saturday afternoon ad mag At Home with Joy Shelton. This lead to his involvement mostly with serious religious programmes in the long running About Religion.
Among his successful efforts were an interview between a nun and Anthony Greenwood, John Betjeman and Monica Dickens. Another showed Teddy boys discussing their philosophy with a padre from Peckham.
In May 1959 he directed a few episodes of Emergency- Ward 10, then that September he was the first British director to attend Westinghouse Boradcasting Company's conference in San Francisco, where he addressed the 200+ delegates on his work on About Religion. In the 1960's he produced a number of networked documentaries, again for ATV and in June 1960 was the first winner of ATV's Leonard Brett Award, given to an ATV producer with "initiative, imagination and consistency of output."

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Albert Locke
He was born in London and started his career with Italia Conti. When he became too big for boy parts, he filled in until being appointed stage manager the The Palace in Shaftesbury Avenue. Then he was Director of Production at the London Coliseum, before he moved to Australia to work for JC Williamson.
During the war he ran an RAF Entertainment Unit. After the war, he worked for Emile Litler and then studied television techniques at ATV under Bill Ward. The first show he produced was a Startime with Gracie Fields. Success lead to his becoming one of ATV's top producers, working with stars such as Guy Mitchell, Johnnie Ray, Cliff Richard, Benny Hill, Arthur Haynes, Des O'Connor and Lena Horne.
He is pictured here in 1957 with his assistant Audrey Maclean working on a Startime show.

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Bill Lyon Shaw (1913-2010)
Born in the Potteries of Scottish parents, Bill started as an amateur actor before running and acting in his own repertory companies at Southend and Margate. He took a chance with a revue purchased for the princely sum of 80, and said this gave him an experience of professional life he never forgot. The show did OK, and he was able to organise a second revue, with Nor Kiddie as principal comedian, and this proved something of a success.
After war service in the RAF he worked for George and Alfred Black, then for Jack Payne, producing For the Fun of It with Nosmo King, Max Bygraves and Frankie Howerd. The BBC asked him to produce two summer shows productions and this led to him being appointed a member of the BBC staff, for whom he produced various shows with the likes of Frankie Howerd. This post he relinquished when he joined ATV at the start of its operations in 1955.
In this role he produced variety, drama, orchestral concerts, ballet in the South of France, opera in Naples and a floor show at the Pigalle.
He joined Tyne Tees Television as Programme Controller in 1959, later returning to his tv roots at the BBC.

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James Bredin (1924-1998)

James J Bredin was born in Ennis in Ireland and after distinguished war service as a navigator with the Fleet Air Arm, in 1946 joined the Rank Organisation's This Modern Age Unit as a scriptwriter and director. His work included films on West Africa, Malaya, Hong Kong as well as Whaling in the Antarctic.
In 1950 he was appointed to the the BBC as TV Talks producer, being involved in series such as Asian Club, Press Conference, and Viewfinder.
Then in 1955 he joined ITN as Senior Producer and was one of their first newscasters.
In late 1959 he left for ATV, his brief to produce current affairs programmes. These included South America - An Impression (1962). He was also loaned to Granada for a documentary on the new President Kennedy in a programme titled The New Americans, in April 1961.
Later he joined Border TV in 1964 and remained there for about 18 years.

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Fred Wilby
Born in Belfast, he joined his father who ran a variety act with comic animals called Les Zondas. Fred's first job was to dress up a donkey to make it look like an elephant, "the only kicking elephant in the world." His father graduated to more dramatic roles, and Fred appeared carrying a spear for his dad in The Fatal Crown. But they were no great success when they were appearing in Brighton, so Fred's father started an advertising poster business there. Fred helped and also worked as an electrician at The Grand. That lead to the job of chief electrician and he progressed via a stage manager's post at Shoreham, a stage director's job at Worthing to stage manager at the Hippodrome Birmingham in 1928 working for George Black. Following a spell at the Chiswick Empire, he worked for Sir Walter Gibbons in non stop variety at Leicester Square.
After serving with ENSA in the war, he was employed by CH Cochran, then becoming freelance, working in radio and films. He produced 36 Donald Peers Shows on Radio Luxembourg and then joined ATV in 1955, where he was known as the Old Trouper. Among the programmes he produced were those as varied as Face the Mike, Carrol Levis Show, Carrol Levis Junior Discoveries, Lunch Box, Midland Farming, Rainbow Room, Cover Girl, Police Five, Password, and About Religion

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Jack Barton (1916-2002)
(born 1918 at Leigh-on-Sea, acc to a 1958 report.)
Jack was one of the first producers of the Beat the Clock segment on Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He also produced other ATV material such as David Flame Secret Agent.
He had started out as a general factotum at Bertram Mills circus. He sang and danced in travelling revues and said he learned a great deal from Robert and Sonnie Hale- "I owe all my experience and whatever success I may have achieved to them." After serving in the RAF for six years, Jack acted in plays such as A Woman of Forty with Phyllis Neilson Terry. A different role followed when he took over a company in Ayr, being the producer at the theatre there for seven years. But when he took the company to Paris he found Scottish kilts a complete flop there, and he had to return to Britain, to Bournemouth joining Nat Mills. This gave him his break and he joined ATV in 1956, later best known for his involvement with ATV's legendary Crossroads. In 1963 he was living on The Island at Thames Ditton.

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Shaun O'Riordan (born 1927)

Of course, he was best known in front of the screen as the dim, put upon son in The Larkins. But though Shaun had been acting for fourteen years before he found acting success, he had already determined on a career behind the cameras.
So even while appearing in The Larkins he had begun training in January 1959 as an Assistant Transmission Controller at ATV.
From directing small spots, he began directing in series like Emergency- Ward 10 in 1964, his biggest success was in the Sid James/ Peggy Mount 1966 comedy series George and the Dragon.

He was in charge of ATV's comedy department in the 1970s.

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John Irwin (1912-1976)
Born in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College, John was acting Shylock at the tender age of 17 under direction of Frank Fay. He was in at TV from the beginning producing film magazines Picture Page and after the war Kaleidoscope. He also directed six films including Badger's Green (1949) for Rank, "a minor classic." His work on six thousand programmes, he claimed, with BBC radio and television ended not on exactly the best of terms, for he described the BBC as a "deliberately inefficient set-up in order to maintain a smooth running organisation." He spoke out against their "pettifogging supervision." He worked freelance before joining ATV in 1956, producing various light shows such as The 64,000 Question, Bury The Hatchet, Dotto, Pencil and Paper, and Tell The Truth. He was long associated with Free Speech with Edgar Lustgarten (with whom he had earlier worked at the BBC on In the News) and in 1960-2 produced the Alan Taylor Lectures. Surprisingly, he rejoined the BBC in July 1961 and later worked for NBC.
In the 1950's he described one fascinating hobby. He would play back on a tape recorder all the shows he worked on- now that would be an interesting find! A man of many parts, he wrote two books Sweet Themmes and My Time is My Own. His voyage as a deckhand in an Australian windjammer, and his training as a civilian by the RAF to fly, formed the subject of a radio series.
Perhaps the notice above his door in his ATV days sums up this individual man, "If you are sensitive, talented or kindly, relax because you are welcome. If you are none of these, go away"

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Dinah Thetford

directed a number of prestigious ATV dramas such as Emergency Ward 10 in the early 1960s.
She had joined ATV as a production assistant to
John Irwin, and was soon given opportunity to direct some short programmes, Late Date and "countless advertising magazines" including Send for Saunders.
She also directed a few editions of the quizzes Tell The Truth, and most of the second series of Dotto.
Her real opportunity came in 1960 when she took over for a while from Jack Barton on the popular Lunch Box series, later that year also directing some of the Edmundo Ros Show.

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Peter Glover
(born 1925)

Peter was one of ATV's top producers in their early days, working on many of the successful Jack Jackson shows.
He described the hectic time on the day of the show, which went out live at 10pm on Sunday. The studio itself was tiny, and the scenery only arrived at 2pm on the day of transmission. With about 15 changes of scenery in a show, it meant that each prop had to be carefully positioned, right on the mark.
Others shows he worked on included The Arthur Haynes Show, Startime, and Singing for You. later he moved to Tyne Tees Television from its inception.
He had started work in TV in 1947 working in numerous different roles, including choreography and dancing. When he joined ATV in 1955, he was living in Croydon.

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Colin Clews
His tv career began in 1946 at BBC's Alexandra Palace studios.

When he joined ATV, he directed some of their finest variety programmes, including the early Morecambe and Wise series. He also worked on some Sunday Night at the Palladium shows, and directed many successful quizzes, such as The 64,000 Question, Yakity Yak, and Dotto. But he also directed other programmes from documentaries to discussion programmes.
In the 1960s, he was living in Sudbury Hill, Middlesex.

With the demise of ATV, he worked for its successor Central TV.

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Anna Lett

Perhaps best known as the first wife of Christopher Chataway, whom she married in 1959, giving up her television career.

In 1950 she was a junior clerk at the BBC working for Sir George Barnes. Then for three years she was secretary to Bill Lyon-Shaw.
Realising commercial tv training might be useful, with another BBC secretary she went to Canada and worked for CBC in Toronto. She was a production assistant on news programmes, and went on to talks and public affairs features.
After ten months there, she returned to Britain as Leslie Mitchell's secretary. "He works hard, and would spend hours on research for a tv interview that might last two minutes." When he joined A-R she worked for him for three weeks before moving to ATV.
She produced the long continuity sections of ATV's Junior Television programmes and graduated to other programmes, for example in summer 1956 she produced a half hour afternoon programme called Treasure Chest, a miscellany with Dilys Laye and Clive Stock. Another afternoon series in September 1956 was Fancy Free, a talent show for newcomers to tv, introduced by Glen Mason. In December that year she was producing Pets Parade.

She joined the new Southern TV in 1958.

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Alan Tarrant

Born in London, he started in tv in 1947. Like many, his first experience of the medium was as an actor, then he tried writing, this included several scripts for ATV's Theatre Royal (The Gloves, Forecast Unsettled, and The Stockings). After working in the ATV Advertising department, he produced several unacclaimed comedy series, Gurney Slade (1960), If the Crown Fits (1961), and Hancock (1963). More successful were The Larkins, Fire Crackers, George and the Dragon, and the later series of The Arthur Haynes Show. He also produced numerous excellent ATV variety shows, such as The Tommy Steele Christmas Show, as well as directing The Harry Secombe Show and some London Palladium Shows in 1962. He also directed a documentary The Well Dressed Man. He continued working until the late 1980s. In the 1960s he lived in Hastingleigh, near Ashford, Kent.

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Dicky Leeman (1911-2011)

His son Gary has kindly supplied the following:
"Dad started at ATV July 1955 and retired January 1976.
He was based in Boreham Wood ATV studios and offices for most of that time, but later he worked from Birmingham where he produced/directed 'The Golden Shot.'
He was at ATV in the beginning and joined at a time when no one knew if commercial television would last two weeks. I believe he was recruited by Bill Ward whom he worked with at the BBC.

During dad's time he produced/directed many light entertainment shows, including The Arthur Haynes Show, All That Jazz, Music Shop, Saturday Spectacular, Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Sunday Night at the Prince of Wales, The Cliff Richard Show, Alma Cogan, Mantovani, The Des O'Connor Show, The Winifred Atwell Show, The Dickie Valentine Show, Eric Sykes presents Peter Sellers, and The Golden Shot."

Thank you to Gary Leeman, for this data and photo

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Cecil (Bancroft) Petty (c1921- ?)

Best known as one of the producers of Emergency- Ward 10 (for two years 1963-5), he had previously directed many episodes, starting in 1958. He worked for ATV until the franchise changes of 1968. He also directed many ATV's children's serials.
His career had begun as an assistant stage manager in rep, then after serving in the army in the war, he was a tv cameraman from 1946-1950. In the latter year he decided to freelance, obtaining work as an actor, stage manager and director.
In 1955 he joined the new ATV. His early work for ATV included: We The Guilty, a play he adapted and directed, The Killing Stones series (director), Three Tough Guys a comedy series, and Fantasies of the Night a documentary series. He also directed some Sunday Night at the Prince of Wales.
He was married to Anna de Haaf

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Reg Watson (born 1926)

First Head of Light Entertainment in ATV Midlands, 1956.
Most associated with producing Noele Gordon's Lunch Box, he went on with her to make a huge success of Crossroads from 1964.
Other early ATV series he produced were: Fancy That, Hit the Limit, Tea with Noele Gordon, Musical Cheers, Noele Gordon Takes the Air (o/bs), Bachelor Flats, Chatterbox, Cover Girl, Come into the Garden..., Seeing Stars, A Pet for Christmas, Godfrey Winn Tells a Story, plus some editions of Midland Profile, Midland Farming, Saturday Spectacular, Tingha and Tucker Club and Rainbow Room.
He returned to his native Australia in the 1970s, enjoying immense success with Neighbours, to name but one worldwide hit.

His official website has much fuller details on his amazing career.

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One of ATV's earliest senior producers was
Desmond Davies (1907-1959)
He left the company as early as January 1956.
He had joined the BBC in 1938 but left to become Head of ATV Drama in 1955. For this company he directed Quay South with Roger Livesey, The Mossbach Collection with Marius Goring, The Man of Destiny with James Donald and Elizabeth Sellars, Bardell v Pickwick with Donald Wolfit, and The Little Black Book with Flora Robson.
An impressive start, but he resigned, he claimed, because ATV had axed these productions as they cost too much to make. Hugh Beaumont, his replacement, with his theatre connections, was to make ATV serious drama for the next few years mostly from theatrical productions.
You can see ATV's problem in 1956, in that making the above films which received but one screening on television was expensive, and ATV had early on not opted for creating its own television studios that would have been equipped for large scale drama with its concomitant workshops and storage space.

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ATV areas Top Ten TAM Regional Ratings
Week ending July 31st 1960.

Midlands Region
Here, ATV took all the Top Ten, except for one ABC transmission, which happened to be ATV's Bernard Delfont Show!
1 Rawhide (58%)
2 Bonanza (53%)
3 Ward 10 - July 26th (46%) ATV Production
4= The Barber of Stamford Hill (45%) ATV play
4= No Hiding Place (45%) A-R
4= Startime (45%) ATV show
7 Search Party (44%) A-R play
8 Ward 10 - July 29th (43%) ATV Production
9= Mess Mates (42%) Granada
9= Deadline Midnight (42%) ATV series

London area
Here ATV had one programme in the Top Ten, but they were only on air for two days. A-R took most of the rest, though the BBC actually grabbed one spot. However ATV's Ward 10, shown during the week via A-R did make the London Top Ten.
The only ATV weekend show in this top ten was
9= Cliff Richard Show (41%)

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Associated TeleVision

First Chairman- Prince Littler. Deputy Chairman- Norman Collins.
Originally the company started broadcasting as ABC (Associated Broadcating Company), but were early forced to change this for obvious reasons.
From the start the company espoused film series as the mainstay of their output. After all, argued Collins, "nobody has ever come out of a cinema saying 'what a pity that film was filmed.'" In Charge of Production was Val Parnell. Oh, and in 1955 "Associates" were Lew and Leslie Grade, who were to really become ATV, and were to be inextricably 'ATV.' In April 1966 ATV Network was formed, following criticism that ATV had become too widely diversified in areas outside of television. This ATV Limited became a non-trading holding company, in 1967 renamed Associated Television Corporation Limited. In September 1978 it was renamed the Associated Communications Corporation. ATV Network sadly ceased its operations at the start of 1982 when it was replaced by Central Television, which was 51% owned by ACC.

ITC (Incorporated Television Company)- ATV's most successful subsidiary!
This tribute appeared in 1995 in publicity from Bravo TV: "When they come to write the history of television, a special place is assured for ITC, the entertainment group founded by Lord Grade. Just a glance through the back-catalogue of 10,000 hours is enough to realise why the company is regarded with such respect."
In fact ATV's original subsidiary was ITP (Incorporated Television Programmes) which they bought out in October 1958. ITC actually began in America, half-owned by Jack Wrather and half by ATV, and TPA Television Programmes of America) whose logo appears on series like Charlie Chan was bought out by ITC in September 1958. Then in early 1960 Wrather was bought out by ATV, and the British legend was really born.

My thanks to Alan Collins for some of this information

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Associated TeleVision Annual Report 1960

Chairman Prince Littler called for the introduction of more TV stations, each working like ATV on a seven days a week basis, in order to provide genuine competition with existing contractors. An interesting proposal, in view of ATV's and the other Big Four Companies' denying the regional companies anything more than very occasional network time. His comments however suggest that he was unhappy with ATV only providing London with two days a week programming.
Special praise is lavished on Val Parnell and Lew Grade, "they have continued not only to shoulder the heavy responsibilities of the manifold interests of the company but have added to their other duties by arduous missions abroad." Might be some reference here to a power struggle!
The facts however were highly encouraging to shareholders. Profits of 5,388,330, an increase of 71,387 over the previous year.
The eleven directors received a total pay of 189,022, with an individual weekly increase that amounted to 18 per week each. Staff however also benefitted to the tune of 264,171 in the Staff Profit Sharing Scheme.
ITC gave ATV's its biggest money spinner, with a turnover of close to $10,000,000. "The Board remains of the opinion that it is vital for the group to have a direct outlet to the American market." A case could be made that it was this perfectly accurate assessment that was to cause ATV's eventual downfall, with its emphasis on global sales sometimes rather at the expense of regional programming.

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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday October 1st 1955

9.30am Week-end - with Daphne Anderson & David Stoll-10.30
3.00 ABC Music Shop - with Gerry Wilmot
3.30 My Hero - Africa Calling
4.00 Home with Joy Shelton
4.20 ABC Club - with Fred Henry
4.30 Tales of Hans Andersen
5.00 Michael and Armand Denis - 2 White Rhino
5.30 Sport with Howard Peters- 6.00
7.00 News
7.10 Strange Experiences - Identical Twins
7.15 Around the Town with Derek Roy, from The Granada Theatre, Walthamstow
7.45 Colonel March of Scotland Yard - The Sorceror
8.15 Saturday Showtime - with Harry Secombe
9.00 TV Playhouse- Man of Destiny, with James Donald and Elizabeth Sellars
10.00 News and Newsreel
10.15 The Jack Jackson Show
11pm Close down
Note- ATV were broadcasting as "ABC" at this date, hence the titles of the two afternoon programmes

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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Wednesday April 11th 1956
4.00 Tea with Noele Gordon - have a cuppa ready when that delightful personality brings you a relaxed half hour
4.30 Midweek Miscellany - ad mag presented by Patricia Dare
4.45 One Family - early soap: the trial reaches its climax, but not until Maxie has been subjected to a barrage of questions
5.00 Telebox
The Wizard's Den with Robert Harbin, and His Band and Nat Temple
5.30 Lassie - The Lion
5.55 News with Ludovic Kennedy
then Closedown at 6pm

7.00 News with Christopher Chataway
7.05 Sports Form Book with Bernard Joy and
Turf Topics with John Rickman, Chairman: Peter Lloyd
7.30 Double Your Money
8.00 I Love Lucy - Men Are Messy
8.30 The Vera Lynn Show (A-R)
9.00 TV Playhouse: A Question of Fact with Edith Evans and John Neville
10.00 Colonel March - The Headless Hat
10.30 Midland Movie Magazine
10.45 News with Christopher Chataway -11.00
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday April 29th 1956

2.00 This Day - events that happened this day many years ago (ABC)
2.15 Free Speech - Sir Robert Boothby, WJ Brown, Michael Foot, Alan Taylor and "a Chairman"
2.45 Film Fanfare - with McDonald Hobley and Peter Noble
3.45 Colonel March of Scotland Yard - The Invisible Knife
4.15 Liberace
4.45 Children's Television introduced by Vincent Ball, with:
Roy Rogers - High-Graders of Paradise Valley, then
5.15 The Adventures of Noddy - Mr Plod's Secret, and
5.30 The Adventures of Robin Hood - Children of the Greenwood
6.00 Fortnightly Fare - around the house, a DIY programme -6.15
7.00 About Religion - In Praise of Mary with Moira Lister
7.30 News with Robin Day
7.45 Portrait of a Star - introduced by John FitzGerald
8.00 London Palladium Show - starring Dorothy Dandridge, with The Nicholas Brothers. Compere: Tommy Trinder
9.00 Theatre Royal - The Ends of Justice starring Felix Aylmer
9.30 I Love Lucy - Lucy gets Ricky on the Radio
10.00 The Jack Jackson Show In Record Time
10.30 News - newscaster Robin Day
10.45 Epilogue and
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday December 23rd 1956

2.30 Free Speech - Sir Robert Boothby, WJ Brown, Michael Foot, Alan Taylor
3.00 The Black Widow film starring Robert Ayres
4.00 Pinpoint - London
4.15 Liberace
4.45 Children's Television introduced by Vincent Ball, with:
Roy Rogers - Money Can be Dangerous, then
5.15 The Adventures of Noddy - Moon Rocket, and
5.30 The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Friar's Pilgrimage
5.55 Family Magazine - ad mag with Daphne Padell
6.10 News - 6.15
7.00 About Religion - A nativity play from the church of St Peter-upon-Cornhill
7.30 News Flash
7.31 I Love Lucy - Lucy and Ethel Buy The Same Dress
8.00 Tom Arnold's Festival Circus (ATV Presentation)
9.00 Armchair Theatre Mai Zetterling as Miss Julie, with Tyrone Power
10.00 The Jack Jackson Show with David Hughes, Janie Marden, Marie Benson, Glen Mason, Joan Savage
10.30 Portrait of a Star - a profile of Gregory Peck, introduced by John Fitzgerald
10.46 News
11.00 Epilogue
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Friday March 1st 1957
12.45 Lunch Box with Noele Gordon -1.30
4.45 Jolly Good Time including
The House That Jim Built and
The Adventures of The Scarlet Pimpernel - Sir Percy's Wager
5.45 News, newscaster- Ludovic Kennedy
5.55 Midlands News with Patricia Cox
6.00 Round Peg- finding the right job
6.30 Sailor of Fortune - Tangier
7.00 Emergency- Ward 10 Episode 4. Young Probationer Pat Roberts (Rosemary Miller) is on duty
7.30 Take Your Pick
8.00 Dragnet- The Big Friend
8.30 Jack Hylton's Music Box - George Formby, Lauri Lupino Lane
9.00 This Week
9.30 Douglas Fairbanks Presents Dream Stuff
10.00 About Homes and Gardens- Beryl Mason and Raymond Bishop
10.15 Palais Party - Lou Praeger
10.46 News with Ludovic Kennedy
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday April 20th 1957
2pm Motor Racing from The Aerodrome Sherburn-in-Elmet Yorkshire
4.15 Face the Mike with Don Peters and Jerry Allen and his Trio
4.45 Saturday Showcase with Marion Clarke
5.00 How Does Your Garden Grow? - with Raymond Bishop the ATV Gardener
5.15 Annie Oakley - Annie and the Outlaw's Son
5.40 Sports Results and News
6.00 Lassie- The Gift
6.30 Lilli Palmer Presents - The Colonel with Andrew Cruickshank (rpt from Jan 15th 1956)
7.00 The Buccanneers - Spy Aboard
7.30 Wyatt Earp - War of the Colonels
8.00 The 64,000 Question - with Jerry Desmonde
8.30 Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular - The Rosemary Clooney Show
9.15 The Adventures of Aggie - Tarbosh
9.45 Electrode 93 episode 1 The Testament of Dr Quorum
10.15 State Your Case with Franklin Engelmann
10.45 ATV Late Night Movie - Red River Range with John Wayne
11.45 Late Night Final from ITN News
12.00 The Epilogue by Rev Kenneth Slack, General Secretary British Council of Churches

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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday December 28th 1957

12.30 Afternoon Out Steeplechasing at Wetherby
followed at 3.30 by A Surprise Event (any ideas what was shown??)
4.55 Ramar of the Jungle The Blue Treasure
5.25 Let's Face It - Alec Guinness in the make up chair
5.40 Sports Results and News
6.00 Abbott and Costello Show- The Western Story
6.30 Charlie Chan - with Raymond Young, Gene Anderson, Kay Callard, Alex Scott
7.00 Wyatt Earp Young Gun
7.30 The 64,000 Question with Robin Bailey
8.00 OSS- Frank finds out how American turncoats are being smuggled into Germany as spies
8.30 Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular - Eric Sykes, Edmund Hockridge, Hattie Jacques
9.30 Web Episode 2 The Alibi
10.00 News
10.05 Q Planes film with Laurence Olivier
11.30 Epilogue Rev Noel Perry-Gore, Vicar of St John's Wood
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Tuesday March 11th 1958
12.45 Thought for the Day - Rev John Morris
12.47 Lunch Box with Noele Gordon -1.30
2.43 For Schools More Power, repeated at 3.23- Close at 3.50
5.00 Jolly Good Time including The Adventures of Twizzle Twizzle Gets Lost, and
5.25 Lassie - Gramps' Birthday
5.55 News
6.05 Midlands News newscaster- Patricia Cox
6.10 Mark Saber- The Sound of Death
6.40 Miscellany - ad mag with Patricia Dare
7.00 Charlie Chan with Alan Tilvern, Ann Hanslip, John Stuart
7.30 Emergency- Ward 10 with John Paul as RSO Hughes
8.00 Criss Cross Quiz
8.30 East End West End - with Sid James who learns that a dealer's life is just a living
9.00 Gun Law - Who Lives By The Sword
9.30 Val Parnell's Spectacular - Dickie Valentine, Arthur Haynes, Irene Handl
10.30 The Storyteller
10.46 News
11.00 Epilogue- Rev Charles Tompkins
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday May 18th 1958

11.15 Church - Wesley Memorial Methodust Church Oxford- 12.15
2.15 Free Speech with WJ Brown, Randolph Churchill, Michael Foot, Alan Taylor
2.45 The Scottish National Orchestra - in a concert of Johann Strauss Music (STV)
3.15 Film Festival - Flanagan Boy starring Tony Wright
4.40 Junior Television introduced by Emlyn Jones
Caroll Levis Junior Discoveries
5.10 The Adventures of Robin Hood - Woman's War
5.40 Slater's Bazaar -ad mag with John Slater, interrupted by Bert Weedon, Hermione Harvey and Raymond Cooney
5.55 Tell the People! - Robin Day invites a personality in the news to answer questions
6.09 News
6.15 The Sunday Break - with Rev Marcus Morris and Sheila Buxton
7.00 About Religion - Towards the Future...
7.25 News
7.30 I Love Lucy- Bon Voyage
8.00 Sunday Night at the Prince of Wales- with Guy Mitchell and The Treniers
9.00 Highway Patrol
9.30 News
9.35 Armchair Theatre - Paid in Full with Paul Rogers, Eddie Byrne, Peter Illing and Paul Carpenter
10.50 Top Numbers - hit tunes with Dennis Lotis, Rosemary Squires, Des O'Connor, Jackie Lee, Jimmy Lloyd, and The Polka Dots
11.30 The Epilogue- Rev Canon Fenton Morley (Southwark Cathedral) & Close down.

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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday November 2nd 1958
11.15 Church St Joseph & St Francis Xavier Richmond York- 12.15
1.30 Motor Cycle Scramble from Mayfields Course, Ringinglow, York (ABC)
2.25 Free Speech with Lord Boothby, WJ Brown, Michael Foot, Alan Taylor
2.55 Music Shop - host Teddy Johnson with Joan Regan, Billie Anthony
3.25 No Parking film starring Gordon Harker
4.40 Slater's Bazaar -ad mag with John Slater, Bert Weedon, Mavis Sage, Tony Hilton, Ray Cooney
4.55 Caroll Levis Junior Discoveries
5.25 The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Devil You Don't Know
5.55 It Can Happen Tomorrow - scientist Ritchie Calder with the latest scientific news (ATV)
6.00 News
6.15 The Sunday Break - with Rev David Sheppard
7.00 About Religion - School Religion
7.25 News
7.30 Wyatt Earp- Ballad and Truth
8.00 Sunday Night at the London Palladium- Dolores Gray
9.00 Dotto - quiz with Robert Gladwell
9.30 News
9.35 The Invisible Man- Shadow on the Screen
10.05 Armchair Theatre The Witching Hour starring Dennis Price, Thora Hird
11.10 After Hours - Shirley Bassey, Bernard Braden, Stirling Moss
Epilogue- Rev Robert Duce, Minster of Pett's Wood Congregational Church & Close down.

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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Monday March 16th 1959
12.45 Thought for the Day - Rev John Morris
12.47 Small Time - Mr Happy, Brock and Bruin 9: Brock's Umbrella
1.00 News
1.02 Lunch Box with Noele Gordon -1.30
2.43 For Schools Matter in Use No 9, repeated at 3.23- Close at 3.50
5.00 Seeing Sport - Equitation
5.25The Adventures of Popeye
5.55 News and 6.05 Midlands News newscaster- Patricia Cox
6.10 Mark Saber- Killer on the Prowl
6.40 Right to Reply - William Clark
7.00 William Tell- The Avenger
7.30 Shadow Squad- The Directors' Dilemma part 1
8.00 The Melody Dances- with Cyril Stapleton and His Band (ATV)
8.30 Wagon Train - The Beauty Jamison Story
9.30 Jack Hylton Presents Alfred Marks Time
10.00 News
10.15 Searchlight - The Repairs Muddle with Kenneth Allsop
10.45 Rainbow Room with Jean Morton
11.00 Epilogue - Father Michael Hollings MC, Asst RC Chaplain London University/ Close down.

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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday May 17th 1959

11.15 Church - Pontifical Low Mass and Confirmation from St Thomas' School Stanmore- 12.15
2.25 Free Speech with WJ Brown, Michael Foot, Stephen McAdden MP, Malcolm Muggeridge
2.55 Music Shop - host Teddy Johnson with Gary Miller, Inia Te Wiata
3.25 Flannelfoot film starring Ronald Howard
4.40 Send for Saunders -ad mag with John Warren, assisted by John Singer
4.55 JUNIOR TELEVISION:
Caroll Levis Junior Discoveries
William Tell - The Traitor
5.50 It Can Happen Tomorrow - with Gerald Leach
6.09 News from ITN
6.15 The Sunday Break - with Rev George D Wilkie
7.00 About Religion - Into all the World
7.25 News
7.30 Sea Hunt- Mike Nelson's assignment is to destroy Killer Rock, a jagged underwater peak
8.00 Sunday Night at the London Palladium- with the Mills Brothers and Patricia Munsel
9.00 News from ITN
9.05 Dotto - quiz with Jimmy Hanley
9.35 The Invisible Man- The Decoy
10.05 Armchair Theatre The Big Client starring Ian Bannen
11.05 Errol Flynn Theatre - The Kinsman (rpt from Dec 15th 1956)
followed by The Weather Forecast
Epilogue- Rev David Sheppard Warden of the Mayflower Centre, Canning Town
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday July 25th 1959
11.15 Church from St Asaph Cathedral- ends at 12.15
3.30 Patrick O'Hagan Sings
3.40 Film Festival - The Gambler and the Lady
5.00 Send for Saunders- ATV admag
5.15 Sunday's Child - Care and Protection
5.45 It Can Happen Tomorrow - Gerald Leach brings the latest scientific discoveries
6.09 News from ITN
6.15 The Sunday Break - guest Acker Bilk
7.00 About Religion - The Lord's Prayer
7.25 News
7.30 White Hunter - Decision
8.00 Sea Hunt - Dave Crane wants his children to become Olympic Swimmers (rpt from Feb 12th 1959)
8.30 Bernard Delfont's Sunday Show with Dickie Henderson at the Prince of Wales Theatre, guest Ruby Murray
9.30 News
9.35 Cannonball - The Iron Lung
10.05 ABC Armchair Theatre - The Grandma Bandit with Ronald Lewis
11.10 Overseas Press Club-Exclusive -The Man Who Changed Faces with Kieron Moore
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday August 22nd 1959
1.40 News
1.45 Motor Cycle Racing at Silverstone, and Racing from Ripon
4.50 The Adventures of Aggie - Halvah (rpt, first shown May 4th 1957)
5.20 The Adventures of Robin Hood - Marian's Prize (rpt, first shown June 1st 1958)
5.45 News
6.00 Setting Up Home- David Jacobs on bathrooms
6.15 Holiday Town Parade - from Spa Royal Hotel Bridlington, with guest Derek Roy
7.00 Sword of Freedom - The Strange Intruder
7.30 Highway Patrol - A small town sheriff captures racketeer Jack Avery
8.00 Saturday Spectacular- with Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy
9.00 Maverick - The Jewelled Gun
9.55 News
10.00 Murder in Reverse film starring William Hartnell (rpt, first screened April 21st 1957)
11.25 OSS- Frank is sent to Bergen (rpt, first shown December 21st 1957)
Weather and Epilogue Rev Noel Perry-Gore
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ATV (London)
Saturday October 3rd 1959.
10pm was the scheduled start for a
Party Political Broadcast, titled
Jo Grimond The Liberal Leader.

In view of the forthcoming election, this was unusually screened on a Saturday evening. Whether ATV resented such an intrusion on the usual night of entertainment, and whether Jo Grimond wasn't quite used to the vagaries of live telly, there occurred one of those typical Commercial Telly gaffes.

It seems Jo overran by about ten or eleven seconds, so that on the commercial channel at any rate, that was more than his allocated time. As a result, promptly at 10.10pm up came a caption, Jo was cut off, the slinky voice of Peter Cockburn returning the viewers to their wonted feast of entertainment. One critic, William Blatchford complained, that this "was a piece of stupidity ranking for sheer incompetence and bad manners with any action of this election." He indignantly described it as a flagrant moral infringement, rather nicely concluding, "perhaps it's as well Her Majesty is not being televised this Christmas"!
Still I suppose it wasn't quite as bad as that celebrated occasion when Shakespeare overran, and the ending was lost to commercials.

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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday July 17th 1960

11.00 Morning Prayer from St Hilary's Parish Church, Wallasey -12.00
2.50 Patrick O'Hagan Sings - Bless You, Dear Old Donegal, Angels Guard Thee
3.05 The Shipbuilders film starring Clive Brook (rpt from Aug 2nd 1958)
4.35 Get This ad mag with Josephine Douglas and David Rees
4.45 William Tell - The Mountain People (rpt from May 31st 1959)
5.15 Hawkeye - Hawkeye's Homecoming (rpt from Nov 3rd 1957)
5.45 The Wonder of Man - a doctor looks at the human body (ATV)
6.05 News
6.15 The Sunday Break with guest Ronnie Hilton
7.00 About Religion - Heaven and Hell
7.25 News
7.30 White Hunter - The Fugitive
8.00 Bonanza - The Spanish Grant
8.55 News
9.00 Bernard Delfont's Sunday Show with the Piccolo Puppet Theatre, Tommy Cooper, Adele Leigh
10.00 Armchair Mystery Theatre - Madeleine with Adrienne Corri
11.00 International Detective - The Bristol Case
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The Epilogue Rev Peter Gillingham Vicar of Horsham

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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Thursday July 28th 1960
12.45 Thought for the Day - Rev John Morris
12.47 Lunch Box with Noele Gordon -1.30
2.00 Racing from Redcar (TTT Presentation)-4.00
5.00 Four Feather Falls- Ghost of a Chance, and It's Wizard
5.25 Lassie - Transfusion (rpt, first shown July 30th 1959)
5.55 News and 6.05 Look Around newscaster- Patricia Cox
6.30 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - The Mark of Crime
7.00 Cool for Cats with Kent Walton
7.30 It's Only Money quiz with Tommy Trinder (A-R)
8.00 Putting on the Donegan- with Roy Castle
8.30 No Hiding Place - The Last Deal
9.25 News
9.40 Television Playhouse The Barber of Stamford Hill with Lee Montague
10.35 Get This! - ad mag with Josephine Douglas and David Rees
10.50 Highway Patrol - Joe and Dolly Parker work a hitchhiking ruse
11.24 News Headlines and Weather Forecast
11.26 Epilogue - Rev JCH Tompkins, Rector of Handsworth, Birmingham
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday September 11th 1960
start of the autumn schedules
1.40 LET'S GO with 1.42 ITN News
1.47 Racing at Sandown Park, and Professional Wrestling from Crewe
4.35 Sports Round-Up introduced by Roger Malone
5.00 The Adventures of Robin Hood - Friar Tuck (rpt, first shown March 14th 1956)
5.30 Meet Foo Foo
5.45 Land of the Lur- admag with Pauline Clifford
5.55 ITN News
6.00 Sea War - No 1 Opening Bid
6.30 Whiplash- (episode not stated)
7.00 Police Surgeon - Easy Money
7.30 The Big Game - Blackpool v Bolton, commentary by Peter Lloyd
8.30 ITN News
8.35 The Larkins- Unlucky Strike
9.05 77 Sunset Strip - Dark Vengeance
10.00 Candid Camera - starring Bob Monkhouse who introduces Jonathan Routh
10.30 Theatre 70- Robert Horton and Ruth Dunning in The Man (ATV)
11.45 ITN News, Weather, The Epilogue- Rev Paul Morton-George, and Close-down.
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday March 19th 1961

11.00 The Morning Service - recording of the servce at Westminster Abbey celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible -12.05
2.05 Mission from Moscow - four Russians discuss Anglo Soviet affairs
2.30 Welcome Mr Washington - film starring Barbara Mullen (rpt from Aug 16th 1958)
3.50 Flying Doctor - Circle in the Bush
4.20 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot - Caledon (rpt from July 1st 1957)
4.50 Pathfinders to Venus - 3 The Living Planet
5.20 Journey of a Lifetime - Miracles at Capernaum
5.35 Get This! - ad mag with Josephine Douglas, David Rees and Louie Ramsay
5.50 Godfrey Winn's Birthday Honours- with Vera Lynn (ATV)
6.05 News
6.15 The Sunday Break with guest Sasha Distel
7.00 About Religion - Tongues of Men or of Angels?
7.25 News
7.30 Danger Man - Bury the Dead
8.00 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium starring Betty Hutton and Larry Adler
9.00 News
9.05 Drama '61 - The Cruel Day with Marius Goring
10.10 Outlaws - Beat the Drum Slowly
11.00 Interpol Caling- The Sleeping Giant (rpt from Sept 27th 1959)
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - Rev Maurice Wood, vicar of St Mary's Islington
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Wednesday June 7th 1961
12.45 Thought for the Day - Rev John Morris
12.47 Lunch Box with Noele Gordon -close at 1.22
2.43 For Schools The British Isles no5 Communications with John Richmond (A-R) -3.05
3.15 For Schools preparing a Play no1 (rpt from June 15th 1960)/ Close at 3.45
5.00 A to Zoo- U for Underground and Ursines
5.25 The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Goldmaker's Return (rpt, first shown Oct 13th 1957)
5.55 News and 6.05 Midlands News newscaster- Patricia Cox
6.10 Roving Report - The Divided City (Berlin)
6.30 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - One Good Turn
7.00 Broken Arrow - The Trial
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Val Parnell's Startime- with Edmund Hockridge, Adele Leigh
8.55 Boyd QC - Treasure Trove
9.25 News
9.35 Homicide film starring Robert Douglas
11.05 News Headlines
11.07 Saber of London - Last Chapter (running time allowed seems only 20 minutes!)
followed by The Weather Forecast
11.28 Epilogue - Rev Harold T Cook, Minister of Britsol Road Methodist Church Northfield Birmingham
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday October 29th 1961

11.00 The Morning Service from The Parish Church Newport Pagnell (ABC)-12.05
2.15 The Pursuers - The Gun
2.45 Sir Francis Drake - Doctor Dee
3.15 Call Oxbridge 2000 - Alison brings home a young man, with much comment from the Graham household
4.00 Plateau of Fear- Final episode: Slam-down
4.30 Supercar - Pirate Plunder (rpt)
5.00 Tempo with comments from the Beyond the Fringe Team
5.50 Get This! - ad mag with Josephine Douglas and David Rees
6.15 The Sunday Break with Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
7.00 About Religion - King Herod: Committed for trial with Godfrey Quigley
7.25 News
7.30 77 Sunset Strip - Hot Tamale Caper, part 1
8.25 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium starring Frankie Vaughan
9.25 News
9.35 Drama '61 So Long at the Fair starring Kika Markham
10.35 Bonanza - The Dark Gate
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - Rev Paul Morton-George, minister of Wallington Methodist Church
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Tuesday March 6th 1962
12.45 Thought for the Day Canon Charles Crowson
12.47 Lunch Box -1.22
1.30 For Schools Chemistry for Sixth Forms No16 Glass -1.50
2.35 For Schools Summing It Up No17 Looking at Shape (ATV) -2.48
2.53 For Schools Discovery No7 Embryology (Granada) -3.20
3.25 For Schools French from France No17 La Vente aux Encheres (ATV) -3.45
5.00 Tuesday Rendezvous
5.55 News
6.05 Midlands News with Patricia Cox
6.15 This Wonderful World
6.45 Here and Now
7.00 Ideal Home - network ad mag with George Martin, Fanny and Johnnie Craddock
7.30 Mess Mates - You're Never Alone
8.00 Meet Mr Callaghan film with Derrick de Marney (News 9-9.15)
9.55 Strange Experiences three short films (not specified)
10.05 Arthur Haynes Show
10.35 Pencil and Paper
11.05 The Four Just Men - The Man in the Road with Dan Dailey (rpt)
11.28 The Weather Forecast and
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday March 31st 1962
This was the difficult period with the Equity dispute causing a restriction on live drama and shows

1.15 News
1.20 Steeplechasing from Worcester also Motorcycle Scramble at Noak Farm, Martley, Worcestershire, and Professional Wrestling from Tottenham Municipal Hall
5.00 Full Soccer Results
5.05 The Adventures of Robin Hood - One Man's Meat
5.35 Home and Away - ATV admag with Pauline Clifford and guest John Warren
5.45 News
5.50 Thank Your Lucky Stars - with Lonnie Donegan, Gary Miller, The Springfields, Susan Terry, Gary Edwards' Combo, Danny Davis, Tony Rocco, and Chubby Checker
6.30 Bonanza - The Tall Stranger
7.25 The Arthur Haynes Show
7.55 Bugles in the Afternoon - film starring Ray Milland
9.25 News
9.30 Candid Camera with Don Arrol

10.00 TRIPLE ACTION
starting with The Pursuers - The Hunt
10.30 Danger Man - An Affair of State(rpt)
11.00 Stryker of the Yard - The Case of Gracie Budd

11.40 News
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue by Rev Kenneth Slack, General Scretary of British Council of Churches
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday August 25th 1962

2.15 News
2.20 Racing from Ripon and
County Cricket - Surrey v Yorkshire
5.00 Full Soccer Results and Sports Round-up
5.10 The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Salt King (rpt)
5.40 News
5.45 Flying Doctor - Crisis (rpt)
6.15 Holiday Town Parade from the Viennese Ballroom Butlin's Holiday Camp Filey
7.00 Outlaws - The Cutups
7.55 Hour of Decision - film starring Hazel Court
9.15 Police Five
9.25 News
9.30 Bernard Delfont presents The Morecambe and Wise Show with Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr, George Chisholm
10.00 Out of This World - Divided We Fall with Ronald Radd
11.00 Danger Man - The Leak (rpt)
11.30 Whiplash - The Actress (rpt)
11.55 News
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue by Leonard Griffith, Minister of City Temple
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday February 9th 1963

1.15 News
1.20 Saturday Sportstime - Motor Cycle Scramble, Racing from Sandown, Beaver Club Reunion, Wrestling from Solihull
5.00 Stand By - ad mag with Ronan O'Casey and Louie Ramsay
5.15 Once Aboard the Lugger Episode 6 The Girl is Mine
5.45 News
5.50 Thank Your Lucky Stars - Helen Shapiro, Craig Douglas, Rolf Harris
6.30 Police Five
6.35 Bonanza - Song in the Dark
7.30 Hawaiian Eye - Malihini Holiday
8.25 The Arthur Haynes Show - guest Kenny Ball
9.00 News (in fact at this era, this bulletin was actually screened each Saturday at precisely 9.04pm)
9.10 Ghost Squad - The Heir Apparent
10.10 24 Hour Call - Watch Me Die with Ivor Salter and Sandra Dorne
10.55 On the Braden Beat
11.15 Whiplash - Act of Courage (rpt)
11.40 Chess Masterpieces - Smother Mate (rpt)
11.50 News, Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - Roy Trevivian, Vicar of St Francis Church Westborough Guildford

Note: In Saturday Sportstime, The Beaver Club Reunion from the Royal Albert Hall was introduced by Peter Lloyd and featured Elizabeth and Collins (knife throwing), Jean and Peter Barbour (stilt speciality), Pupi and Pupi (the wonder act), and Zena Relph (fire eater)

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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday October 19th 1963
1.15 News
1.20 Saturday Sportstime -Ten Pin Bowling (ABC), Racing from Newmarket (ATV), Swimming from Cardiff (TWW), Wrestling from Hull (ABC)
5.05 Full Soccer Results
5.15 The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Truce rpt
5.45 News
5.50 Thank Your Lucky Stars - Lonnie Donegan, Petula Clark, Roy Orbison
6.35 Bonanza - Twilight Town
7.30 The Sentimental Agent - Never Play Cards with Strangers
8.25 The Charlie Drake Show - with Lizabeth Webb
9.00 News
9.10 Espionage - John Gregson in The Weakling
10.05 The Avengers - The Nutshell
11.05 On the Braden Beat
11.25 Casebook - The Case of the Candlelight Murder
11.50 News, Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - Dr Scott
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Thursday April 25th 1963
12.45 Thought for the Day - Rev Father Paschal
12.47 Lunch Box -1.22
2.20 Epsom Spring Meeting -4.30
5.00 Criss Cross Quiz (actually the Junior edition) with Mark Kelly
5.25 Fury - The Test (rpt)
5.55 News and 6.05 Midlands News with Patricia Cox
6.20 Roving Report
6.45 Your Kind of Sport - Simon Smith with Athletics
7.00 Double Your Money
7.30 Bootsie and Snudge - The Lorry Route with Ernest Clark, Geoffrey Bayldon
8.00 Television Playhouse - The Reading Room with Susan Hampshire
9.00 News
9.15 This Week
9.45 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Hangover with Jayne Mansfield
10.40 Interpol Calling - Eight Days Inclusive (rpt)
11.10 Golf Tip with Dow Finsterwald
11.13 The Weather Forecast and
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Thursday March 19th 1964
1.30 Onze Rue de la Gare No 19 Poisson d'Avril (ATV)-1.50
2.35 The World Around Us No 9 Ears and Hearing (A-R) -2.53
2.57 Notre Ville No 9 Grands Travaux (A-R) -3.12
3.16 Chemistry for Sixth Forms No 19 Radioactive Isotropes -3.36
3.40 Onze Rue de la Gare (rpt from 1.30) -4.00
4.30 Hi-T! - Noele Gordon. Homes at home and away
5.00 Criss Cross Quiz - with Robert Holness
5.25 Fury - Turkey Day (rpt)
5.55 News and 6.05 Midlands News with Patricia Cox
6.15 Midland Montage - Pat Astley with Leslie Dunn
6.40 For Teenagers Only - The Applejacks, Linda Doll, The Rockin' Berries (ATV)
7.00 Double Your Money
7.30 A Little Big Business A Deal is a Deal is a Deal
8.00 The Saint - The Saint Sees It Throufgh
8.55 News
9.10 This Week
9.40 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Murder Case with John Cassavetes
10.35 One Step Beyond - The Strangers with Bill Nagy (rpt)
11.05 Roving Report
11.28 The Weather Forecast and
The Epilogue- Rev Philip Cliff, Chaplain of Westhill College, Selly Oak
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday August 23rd 1964
11.00 The Morning Service from Finsbury Park Methodist Church -12.15pm
2.03 News Headlines
2.05 French from France - Demi Pension rpt
2.25 The Wizard of Oz - Dandy has a plan to get Dorothy back to Kansas
2.35 The Sentimental Agent - The Height of Fashion rpt
3.30 Miss Adventure - Hattie Jacques in The Velvet Touch episode 1
4.15 William Tell - The Elixir rpt
4.45 The Big Film: The Rat - with Anton Walbrook
6.05 News from ITN
6.15 The Sunday Break - Freedom, an improvised drama
6.45 Hallelujah - with The Drayton Singers
7.00 About Religion - Forum with Brian Connell
7.25 News Headlines followed by
The Greatest Show on Earth - Leaves in the Wind
8.25 Blackpool Night Out - Mike and Bernie Winters with Frankie Howerd
9.25 News from ITN
9.35 Sunday Mystery Theatre - Dig Here starring Michael Craig and Zena Walker
10.35 Casebook - The Case of the Never Never Murder
11.05 Police Five- Shaw Taylor
11.10 Tempo - introduced by David Mahlowe. The Two-hander with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - WJ Milligan vicar of All Saints New Eltham
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday November 29th 1964
9.55am Sunday Session: The New Industrial Revolution No.10 The Future of Education (ATV)
10.15 Headway No.10 Adolescence- 2 (ABC)
10.40 Mesdames Messieurs... No.49 Onze Heures Du Soir (ATV)
11.00 Students' Service for Advent from Central Methodist Church Leicester (ABC) -12.15pm
2.18 Citizenship No.10 Can I Appeal? with Jack de Manio (ABC)
2.40 News from ITN
2.45 The Peking Sound - Chinese music with Beryl Grey (ATV)
3.15 Sea Hunt - Examining a scheme to join two South American lakes by a canal, Mike is fired on by rebel guerillas
3.45 Police Five
3.50 The Wild Blue Yonder - film with Wendell Corey
5.35 Stingray - Raptures of the Deep
6.05 News from ITN
6.15 Wonderworld - Gideon's raid on the Midianites with Marjorie Sigley
6.35 About Religion - Great Expectations: advent
7.05 Voice of Melody - John Alldis Choir (ATV)
7.25 News Headlines followed by
The Saint - The Death Penalty
8.25 The Beverly Hillbillies - The Race for Queen
8.55 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium with Max Bygraves, Val Doonican
9.55 News
10.05 Armchair Theatre - The Girl in the Picture starring Ruth Dunning
11.05 The Eamonn Andrews Show
The Weather Forecast
Extra-ordinary - John James, Vicar of Stansted Mountfitchet
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Monday May 10th 1965
11.05 For Schools -11.48, also 2.05-2.53
4.45 The Tingha and Tucker Club
5.00 Seeing Sport - Table Tennis
5.25 Mr Piper
5.55 News from ITN
6.05 Midlands News
6.15 ATV Today
6.35 Crossroads
7.00 All Our Yesterdays
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 No Hiding Place - A Place in the Sun
8.55 News from ITN
9.10 Call In On Valentine - Dickie Valentine with Patsy Ann Noble, Kenny Baker (ATV)
9.30 Party Political Broadcast - Conservatives
9.45 The Edwardians - The Madras House
11.15 From the Back of the Court - law reform, final programme of series with Edgar Lustgarten
11.44 News Headlines
11.46 This and That with Rog Whittaker (UTV)
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue- Rev Philip Cliff, Chaplain of Westhill College Selly Oak
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday July 24th 1965
1.30 News
1.35 Summer Sport - Water Ski-ing, Racing from Ripon, Athletics, Motor Car Racing, Wrestling
5.15 The Forest Rangers - Lost
5.45 News
5.50 Lucky Stars Summer Spin. Jim Dale with Vikki Carr
6.30 Opportunity Knocks!
7.20 The Saint - The Persistent Parasite
8.15 The Great Van Robbery - film with Denis Shaw
9.20 The Best of Morecambe and Wise with guests The Beatles
10.00 News
10.10 Undermind - Onset of Fear
11.05 Milligan's Wake - Spike Milligan
11.35 The Four Just Men - Crack-Up starring Richard Conte (rpt)
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - Peter Harvey, editor of the Church Illustrated
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday January 15th 1966
11.50 Say It In Russian - Lesson 13 (TTTV)(rpt)
12.15 Les Trois Coups - No.14 La Nuit des Rois (ATV)(rpt)
12.35 The New Industrial Revolution - No.1 In the Beginning (ATV)(rpt)
12.55 News
1.00 World of Sport - Racing from Catterick, Motor Cycle Scramble, Wrestling
5.15 Thank Your Lucky Stars - Adam Faith, Lulu, Rolf Harris, Anne Shelton
5.55 News
6.05 The Beverly Hilbillies - Drysdale's Dog Days
6.35 Thunderbirds - The Imposters
7.30 The Big Valley - By Fires Unseen
8.25 The Arthur Haynes Show - guest stars Graham Stark, Norman Chappell, Janie Marden, King Brothers
9.00 Court Martial - ... All is a Dream to Me
9.55 News
10.05 Armchair Theatre - Neighbours
11.05 On the Braden Beat
11.35 Interpol Calling - The Two-Headed Monster (rpt)
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue - Guy Bennett, Priest in Charge of Holy Cross Church, New Malden
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday July 31st 1966
11.00 Matins from Northenden Parish Church Manchester (ABC) -12.15
2.15 News from ITN
2.20 The Champion Makers - Derek Hart talks to Richard Walker, angler
2.50 Police Five
3.00 World Cup Verdict - with Richard Davies (in view of the result possibly this schedule was altered)
3.35 Man of the World - The Frontier (rpt)
4.35 Danger Man - The Galloping Major (rpt)
5.30 The Forest Rangers - Raoul and the Thunderbolt
6.00 News from ITN
6.15 Tingha and Tucker
6.35 The Singing People - 4 Halifax (ABC)
6.55 In View - reviews of film shorts
7.25 The Rifleman - The Safe Guard
7.55 The One That Got Away - film starring Hardy Kruger
9.55 News
10.05 The Blackpool Show - Tony Hancock introduces Jeannie Carson, Bob Monkhouse, Freddy Davies
11.05 The Human Jungle - The Two-Edged Sword (rpt)
The Weather Forecast
Asking for It! - Stephan Hopkinson talks to Caryl Micklem on prayer
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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday July 23rd 1967
11.00 Matins from Holy Trinity Church Northwood Middlesex (ATV) -12.15
2.10 News from ITN
2.15 The Light of Asia - Tibetan Buddhists with Adrian Cowell
2.45 Police Five
2.55 A Look on Sunday - Welsh Swimming Championships from Afan Lido Aberavon (TWW)
3.40 Gideon's Way - The Firebug (rpt)
4.35 Court Martial - Judge Them Gently
5.30 Sir Francis Drake - The Prisoner (rpt)
6.00 News
6.15 The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe - Episode 3 Into the Forest
6.35 Reporting Christ - 1 What Happened Before Christ? (ATV)
7.00 Les Petits Chaneurs de L'Ile de France (Channel TV)
7.25 The Yearling - film starring Gregory Peck
9.55 News
10.05 The Blackpool Show - Dickie Henderson introduces Frankie Howerd, Anita Harris
11.05 Tonight with Dave Allen
The Weather Forecast
Another Day - with David McInnes
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ATV (London) schedule for Saturday October 21st 1967
10.15 Face of the Earth - No.4 The Hills Remain (ABC)(rpt)
10.40 Bon Accueil -4 Au Rendez-vous des Menageres (ATV)(rpt)
11.00 The Conservative Conference in Brighton (Southern TV) -12.30
12.35 The Universe - No.4 Magnetism in Space (ATV)(rpt)
1.20 News
1.25 World of Sport - Table Tennis, Racing from Catterick, Little Olympics, Hockey, Wrestling
5.15 Sir Francis Drake - Escape (rpt)
5.40 News
5.50 Opportunity Knocks!
6.30 Good Evening! - Jonathan King
7.00 Cimarron Strip - The Blue Moon Train
8.25 The Golden Shot -Bob Monkhouse with The Dave Clark Five
9.10 Man in a Suitcase - Variation on a Million Bucks part 1
10.05 News
10.25 The Des O'Connor Show - with The Dallas Boys
10.50 Trapped - You're a Brave Man Jack starring Ronald Radd
11.35 White Hunter - Run to Earth (rpt)
The Weather Forecast
Another Day - Geoffrey Ainger
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Friday April 26th 1968
2.15 Racing from Sandown Park -4.15
4.45 The Tingha and Tucker Club
5.00 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
5.55 News from ITN
6.05 Midlands News
6.15 ATV Today
6.35 Crossroads - Kimbler: 'Now look here. I demand satisfaction.'
7.00 Take Your Pick
7.35 The Saint - Locate and Destroy (rpt)
8.30 Tarbuck's Back
9.00 Spindoe - And the Blood Starts Flowing
10.00 News at Ten
10.30 Sportsweek with Richard Davies
11.00 Midland Member - Philip Harcourt of Carlton Nottingham
11.15 Gideon's Way - Morna (rpt)
The Weather Forecast
The Epilogue- The Very Reverend Father Paschal

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ATV (London) schedule for Sunday July 21st 1968
11.00 Morning Service from Steyne Gardens Methodist Church, Worthing (Southern TV) -12.15
2.10 Reporting Christ - No.9 The Reformation with Richard Gale (ATV)
2.40 News from ITN
2.45 Police Five
2.55 Among My Souvenirs - Korea (ATV) (rpt)
3.25 Assignment Redhead - film with Richard Denning
4.45 The Golden Shot - Bob Monkhouse with Gene Pitney
5.30 The Forest Rangers - The Rolling Stones (rpt)
6.00 News
6.15 Tree House Family - Noah's Ark
6.35 Looking for an Answer - Robert Kee with Dr John Robinson (ABC)
7.00 Sackbut Serpent and All That Jazz (Westward TV)
7.25 The Saint - The Bunco Artists (rpt)
8.25 The Big Show -host Godfrey Cambridge
9.25 Rooney - film with John Gregson (continues after News)
10.15-10.25 News
11.10 Braden... On the Box
The Weather Forecast
Another Day - Rev Prebendary Stephan Hopkinson
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Thursday September 5th 1968
11.30am TUC Congress from Blackpool (Granada) -12.30
2.15pm Racing from York (YTV) and
Show Jumping from Hickstead (Southern TV)
4.15 The Tingha and Tucker Club
4.30 Crossroads - Mrs Stokes: Psychiatrist? Are you suggesting my daughter's mad?
4.55 The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Elixir of Youth (rpt)
5.20 The Queen Street Gang - 2: Ahoy! Skull and Crossbones (Thames TV)
5.50 News from ITN
6.00 Midlands News
6.10 ATV Today
6.30 Driveway - 12: The Stuff of Greek Tragedy (ATV)
7.00 The Saint - Escape Route (rpt)
8.00 Nearest and Dearest - Take a Letter
8.30 Crime Buster - Mark Eden in Howzat!
9.30 This Week
10.00 News at Ten
10.30 Cinema - Mark Shivas looks at Robert Mitchum's career
11.05 The Untouchables - Junk Man
11.55 Pulse - a religious discussion, followed by
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ATV (Midlands) schedule for Saturday October 26th 1968
9.00am Olympics with Christopher Chataway -10.00
12.10pm Deux Mondes - 4 De la Pluie et du Beau Temps
12.30 Money go Round
12.55 News from ITN
1.00 World of Sport and Results
5.15 Tarzan - A Gun for Jai
6.10 News from ITN
6.15 Bonanza
7.10 Saturday Stars - master of Pop - Jack Good
8.10 It Happened to Jane - film starring Doris Day
9.55 News from ITN
10.05 A Gala Concert - Victoria de Los Angeles
11.05 The Baron - Countdown
The Weather Forecast
11.55 Olympics from Mexico

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